Hakone, Japan. DEC 2 – 5. 2017.

May 21, 2018

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Beijing: November 21 – 25. 2017

March 23, 2018

Workshop in Beijing, the Iyengar Yoga Institute of China.

Another city, another “L shaped” Wide Leg pose. The slant board provides support and lift for the chest.

Pincha Mayorasana.

…now the guys.

Vasisthasana. Align the soles of the feet so they remain on one plane. 

This motorized rickshaw was the transport of choice from the train station to the Institute for these two every morning.

Parsvottanasana at wall with blocks. Cut the front leg hip back. 

Parsvakonasana: learning to pound the back heel into the ground.

Ustrasana: Press shins and ankles down onto the narrow fold blanket. Keep your pelvis close to the wall. Coil and ift your back ribs. Move your shoulderblades down! Broaden the buttock flesh.

Paryankasana with blocks provides tremendous space for the lungs and heart and and stretches breasts and armpits.

Setu Banda Sarvangasana: The student’s feet are up on blocks and she is holding the sides of the mat.

Baddha Konasana in Chair Sarvangasana. This group has accomodated their long spines by making the chair seats taller.

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Kobe: November 29 – 30. 2017

March 23, 2018

Teachers workshop at Iyengar Yoga Institute of Kobe, Japan.

In order to accomidate a long spine, this student places her feet up on blocks.

Trying to convince this hyper flexible student that this is not the best way to proceed. Hit the inner thigh flesh back!

Ah! That’s better.

Pincha Mayorasana, Move the inner thighs back.

We had so much fun in this props class.

Pariankasana with a simhasana box.

Bringing circulation into an injured knee, without further aggrivating it.

Supta Virasana heals knees, but care has to be taken not to over bend it. Over time, decrease the height of the props.

Sirsasana with chair.

And did I tell you about the food?

Presentation…. 

…is…

…(almost)…

….everything. 

 

© 2018 Bobby Clennell.

Hangzhou: November 15 – 18. 2017

March 16, 2018

Workshop at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of China in Hangzhou.

Helping this student touch base .

To reach the floor with the fingers, coil and firm the back ribs.

Practicing in the lunch hour, I am on the left. Unbeknown to me, my translator is copying me – she’s on the extreme right, and her friend, facing in toward her  is copying her!

Workshop finished and going to dinner, feeling happy.

© 2018 Bobby Clennell.

Guangzhou: November 8 – 11. 2017

March 13, 2018

Workshop at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of China in Guangzhou.

Parsvottanasana. We started with the arms and hands facing forward, then turned them back. See what you gain and see what you lose with each variation.

This “wide leg” class addressed menstrual problems.

‘L’ shaped Upavistakonasana.

Upavistakonasana at the ropes.

Ming contributes so much more than just a literal translation.

More from “Wide Leg Poses” class.

….Upavista Konasana in Sirsasana.

From the Anxiety class, although I have to admit, this student doesn’t look very anxious.

After every workshop theres a group photo.

© 2018 Bobby Clennell.

Taipei: November 2 – 5, 2017

February 17, 2018

Workshop at Shelly Yoga in New Taipei City, Taiwan.

Parivrtta Trikonasana

Parivrtta Trikonasana with wall rope, blocks and partner enables this student to lengthan his front spine and move his breast bone forward. Note: this pair who are helping each other are certified Iyengar teachers under my strict supervision. Observe, the only place they touch each other is at the heal of the hands.

Preparing for Parivrtta Parsvakonasana.  Take the time to get the rotation first, before straightening the back leg. Move the right back ribs toward the spine, and the left back ribs toward the waist. Roll the left side waist over the right side thigh.

Parivritta Parsvakonasana.

Art and Yoga are alive in Taipei!

Ardha Sirsasana with a channel.

Makarasana.

This is a really effective way to warm up for Kapotasana. Grip the mat, and maintaining the roots of the arms into the sockets, slide the tail bone away from the back waist.

Toward Kapotasana: practice taking your tail bone in, moving the trapezium and back ribs away from the head and lengthening the lumbar spine before walking the hands onto the blocks.

Lifting and opening the spine before taking the hands to the floor.

Getting closer….

This student did eventually place his hands on his feet – although we didn’t manage to get a photo of his final pose.

©2018 Bobby Clennell.

Maryland: October 7 – 8, 2017.

February 6, 2018

Workshop at Susquehanna Yoga & Meditation Center.

Ardha Matsyendrasana with a bolster, a wall a belt and an assistant: With the help of a belt (although a rope works better) , I am lifting and spinning Suzy Pennington around to the left. The double belt is looped around my right wrist as I press her shoulder-bone with the heel of my hand. I am slighhtly above her which helps her find the upward movement.

© 2018 Bobby Clennell.

Not Only Kidding

January 1, 2018

It can be quite serious work doing yoga, but these kids are up to the challenge.

Sit up straight and concentrate. Ava Tyler sent this photo with the caption “An apple doesn’t fall far far from the tree.”

Ellen from Swanage, Dorset, UK stretches her legs and pushes against the floor with her hands.

Two trees growing tall. Iyengar yoga teacher Amy Van Mui’s daughter — and a friend — know that it’s important to maintain focus when you attempt Vrksasana.

When Annie Beatty’s kids were young, they worked hard making triangles in the yard.

Iyengar yoga teachers Matt Dreyfus and Michelle LaRue’s daughter has been immersed in yoga all her life. “6 years old — just decided to get some props and do a little viparita dandasana…”

Concentrated study: Ellen, granddaughter of Carlotta Barrow from Swanage Dorset UK,  is using my book as a text.

A bolsters helps open 3 year old Kori’s lungs as she breathes deep while practicing Baddha Konasana. Her grandmother Kiha Lee is a Int Jr 3 Iyengar Yoga teacher.

Now a teen, Annie Beatty’s oldest attends a teen class “which often involves lots of laughing in between some good work and some great relaxation.”

Thanks to everyone who has sent me photos of their kids who were inspired by Watch Me Do Yoga; please keep sending them in. I try my best to correctly credit all the photos, but if I’ve forgotten your child’s name, or the parent or grandparent who sent in the photo, please send it to me, and I’ll update the post.

©2018 Bobby Clennell.

Kids Try Harder

November 1, 2017

It’s hard to know what you can do until you try. In my book, Watch Me Do Yoga, a young girl challenges herself to try yoga postures that may seem difficult.

Trying. Trying again, and gaining confidence. It’s all part of growing.

Martín tests his balance at Natural Yoga in Bogotá, Colombia. That’s my drawing on the wall over to the right.

Knowing the wall is close by can help you to find your balance…

Iyengar yoga trained Suzie Dodd teaches yoga to schoolchildren in County Galway, Ireland. She sent in this photo of a 15-year-old boy who practices tree pose on a balance board while wearing an eye mask. Now that’s quite a challenge.

…but some like a bit more of a challenge.

Brigitta Ortner’s granddaughter Charli Jane, gets a lift. Brigitta began studying Iyengar yoga in 1994, and is certified to teach at the J1 level.

It’s true that we all need a helping hand (or bolster!) sometimes…

Another of Suzie’s students: “a boy who is normally not very physical or involved, was surprised and delighted to be able do Bhekasana with the rest of the class”.

…but sometimes a little extra effort yields big rewards.

Suzie’s granddaughter, Fern in her version of Padangustha Dhanurasana (an intensified version of Dhanurasana).

Fern’s super vibrant drawing.

Fern, again, working hard to lift and curve. Bhujangasana II. This pose is preparatory to Rajakapotasana.

 

Pull, lift and curve: Dhanurasana. This is Vickie Ewell’s granddaughter Marley. Vickie is director at The Yoga Loft in the Village in Sheffield, Ohio.

With only 20 pupils at rural Carron National School, County Galway, Ireland, Suzie Dodd has them all practicing shoulder stand together. When they’re not practicing yoga, the children are teaching Suzie (a city girl) the difference between the “moo” of a cow, the “moouo” of a calf, the “muuuuuooo” of a cow about to be milked, and the sound of a bull, which is apparently “uuuuuuuuuu.”

After all that effort, it’s time for a little restorative Supta Baddha Konasana.

Thanks to everyone who has sent me photos of their kids who were inspired by Watch Me Do Yoga; please keep sending them in. I try my best to correctly credit all the photos, but if I’ve forgotten your child’s name, or the parent or grandparent who sent in the photo, please send it to me, and I’ll update the post.

©2017 Bobby Clennell.

Props Workshop in NYC: September 24, 2017.

October 14, 2017

Props: Awakening The Intelligence

I recently taught this workshop at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York. Props both inform us and ground us, holding the body secure and providing needed support. We explored the possibilities the props can unlock within the body in both familiar and lesser known set-ups. Here are just a few of the poses:

Adho Mukha Svanasana with rope. In this version, a small foam block was also used. Place the knot or small block where it is needed – where the intelligence needs to be bought to bear on area – and then slowly straighten the legs.  Not for beginners.

Parivritta Parsvakonasana toward the trestler.

Marichyasana III. The Simhasana (heart) bench provides help with the seated twists. I.e., provides access to the top of the sacrum so it can be lifted and moved into the body.

Marichyasana III again. Pushing against the curve of the viparita dandasa  bench to provide a fulcrum from which to lift the anterior spine.

Paryankasana with the simhasana bench.

Pariankasana with simhasana bench and platform.

Being dropped back to the viparita dandasana bench.

Parivritta Janu Sirsasana with a weight and trestler.

We were all very happy that Kevin Gardiner dropped by!

We finished with Bhishmasana.

Click to read my blog post about Bhishma.

© 2017 Bobby Clennell.