Archive for the ‘Culture’ Category

Costa Rica: September 20 – 22, 2019

November 2, 2019

Workshop at Centro de Yoga Sattwa.

Supta Virasana

Parivritta Trikonasana.

Parivritta Pasvakonasana.

Meanwhile, at the Butterfly Sanctuary

When these butterflies spread thir wings and flew away…

… you could see the other side of their wings were bright blue.

Cacao

Inside cacao pods, there are cacao seeds.

The seeds are roasted,

…and ground.

…until it becomes hocolate powder.

Hot chocolate!

© 2019 Bobby Clennell.

Retreat in Kamakura-City, Japan: December 6 – 9, 2018

June 15, 2019

Yoga retreat at Amrita Ofuna

To remove rigidity, we need fluid in the joints. The element of water is accessed through movement, which is associated with the element of air.

Fast jumping pranisizes the legs with the element of water. Your legs will not become strong. You will however, sharpen…

…the intelligence, especially if in a class the jumping sequence is not repeated…

…the same each time by the teacher.

When standing poses are practiced from Tadasana, the legs become pranisized with the element of earth and the legs become very strong.

I was much taken by this certified Iyengar Yoga teacher who attended my workshop.

She is over 8o years old.

Here she is in a very light looking Parivritta Sirsasana.

Her name: Naoko Itoh.

The enormous bronze Buddha is located on the grounds of the Kotoku-in temple in Kamakura City. The monument dates all the way back to 1252 and was originally gold-plated. The statue has stood in the open air since the temple building was destroyed in the tsunami of September 20, 1492, and only traces of gold-leaf remain around the ears.

© 2019 Bobby Clennell

Urmqi, China: November 14 – 18, 2018

March 3, 2019

Workshop at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of China, Urmqi

I arrived in a snow storm, which I was told was good luck.

Uttitha Padangustasana 2. In order to maintain the upward movement of the pelvic organs, move your lifted leg buttock forward, and your standing leg thigh back.

Urdhva Dhanurasana from a chair. Straighten the legs to standing.

Recovering from backbends:

Janu Sirsasana with Two Blocks, a Bolster and a Wall….

….and with a chair. To help maintain a quiet abdominal region, extend forward from the sides of the trunk, rather than the center.

Chair Sarvangasana with elbows hooked through the front legs. Here, the chair seat height has been increased to facilitate the extension of the spine.

Urumuqui is close to the Mongolian boarder.

This dancer kept the bowl on her head through her dance. Talk about balance!

Uger musicians.

This was such a happy evening!

 

© 2019 Bobby Clennell

Glebe, Australia: October 25, 2018

February 21, 2019

Workshop at Glebe Iyengar Yoga

The streets in this suburb of Sydney are lined with bottle brush trees.

Fabulous lizards everywhere on this National Park walk.

Preparing for Hanomanasana. This student is not ready to practice Supta Virasana flat on the floor. Therefore, I am not pulling her leg up to a 90% angle from the floor.

Hanomanasana. Have enough support under the hands to lift the torso to an upright position.

Hanomanasana. Level the pelvic bones by rolling the back leg hip forward.

With Tamar Kelly, and Julia Pederson who hosted the workshop in Glebe.

This is the final photo in Julia Pederson’s new book Guruji BKS Iyengar and RIMYI in the 70s. Through the pictures taken at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) taken in the ’70s and the stories of his early students, this book gives an insight into the teaching and inspiration that has led Iyengar Yoga to be the worldwide phenomenon that it is today. Julia is looking for a publisher.

© 2019 Bobby Clennell

St Kilda, Australia: October 12 – 14, 2018

February 14, 2019

Workshop at St Kilda Iyengar Yoga Studio

Ustrasana with wall, Chair and Bolsters. Roll outer arms in. Move outer elbows to inner elbows. Keep the navel as close to the wall as possible.

The belt which I placed at the upper back provided tremendous length through the entire spine, and a fulcrum for an upper back curve. I asked her to connect her outer/upper arms back into the backs of the shoulder sockets.

This shape is similar to Urdhva Hastasana in Dandasana.There should be an internal rotation of the arms. Locate them back into the sockets.

Holding a belt between wrists and side hips…

…helped us see the midline. Student is being instructed: in order to avoid dropping the lumbar forward, to roll the buttocks down.

The brightly painted roads are a memory of the victory in the Australian courts earlier this year for same-sex marriage.

The St Kilder theme park is the oldest theme park in the world. Visually, the inside is as wonderful as the outside!

© 2019 Bobby Clennell

Denmark: May 4 – 6, 2018

July 30, 2018

Workshop at Studie Yoga in Denmark. Props, and Drop-backs.

Ardha Chandrasana with Chair and Wall. Grip the standing leg buttock onto the pelvic bone and move the upper hip and elbow up and back.

Curving back over an upturned chair. Revolve the upper arm skin in, toward the head. Observe, she is not gripping that slant-board – it’s resting lightly in her open palms.

Dropping back to the wall. Move the tailbone in, raise the back ribs away from the lumbar spine and move the shoulder-blades down. You can walk down the wall, and also onto a chair. To come up, stamp down through the outer edges of the heels and feet and propell your back ribs forward and up.

For those unable to raise the shoulders or press the shoulder-blades in, or who have compromised cervical discs, Sirsasana with two poles.

Delicious Danish hors deurvers. Mine, in the small bowls at the bottom of the picture, was gluten free.

© 2018 Bobby Clennell.

Pietrasanta: April 27 – 29, 2018

July 24, 2018

Workshop in Pietrasanta, Italy, with Vicki Vollmer.

I taught in this wonderful space amongst this privately owned collection. Back left, art by Yehudit Sasportas. The figures on the right are by Robert Longo.

The pose: Viparita Dandasana with Chair. Press the upper thighs down, move the heels toward the wall and extend the legs fully to lengthen the pelvic muscles and alow the pelvic organs to breathe. The wall sculpture is a George Segal.

I didn’t get the name of the artist who created this work. Anyone?

Gilbert and George, of course! Chair Sarvangasana with chair and bolster. Sometimes you just need to hold Sarvangasana quietly, with minimum effort.

To maintain strong abs, and if your back is strong, lift your shoulders and come out of Sirsasana slowely.

Another view of the space. The large wire sphere on the platform is a Mona Hatoum. Sirsasana: back brain to the floor, front brain to the feet: BKS Iyengar.

A closer view of this strong piece by George Segal. In contrast, Viparita Karani. Trust me, this seemingly simple pose calms the nerves and balances hormone levels like no other.

I taught a day of Pancha Vayus which are differentiated from the Pancha (five) Pranas. Sorry, I can’t immediately find the photo of the Pancha Vayus poster used in this workshop.

How to look styish without even trying. Vickie’s dogs.

This is the life!

A close-up of the Yehudit Sasportas piece.

A closer look at the Robert Longo.

Look at the Roig Bernardi!

© 2018 Bobby Clennell.

Oxford, UK: April 14 – 15, 2018

July 22, 2018

Workshop at Oxford and Region Iyengar Yoga Institute.

Virabhadrasana 1. The outer hips should be parellel to each other: descend the bent leg hip. Move the tailbone in. Compress into the hip sockets.

Here Virabhadrasana I is combined with a deep back bend. This student is not just leaning back to touch the wall behind him. His spine is upright.

Warming up for Hanomanasana in Eka Pada Viparita Dandasana with chair and belt.

In Hanomanasana, the work is similar to that of Virabhadrasana 1.

OH, to be in England now that April’s there
And whoever wakes in England sees, some morning, unaware,
That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf
Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf,
While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough
In England—now! Robert Browning.

Ustrasana. Keeping the navel against the wall, lift the lumbar and dorsal spine, coil the back ribs, and place the crown of the head on the support. Move the outer elbows to the inner elbows.

Urdhva Dhanurasana from a chair. Lift!

How many Iyengar Yoga teachers does it take to cut Guruji’s birthday cake? ORIYI events secretary, Evelyn Crosskey, who organized the workshop and party, looks on.

On the evening of the last day of the workshop, there was a party to honor the one-hundredeth year since Guruji’s birth. My film Yantra was played on a loop: http://bobbyclennell.com/yantra.html.

© 2018 Bobby Clennell.

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.

Iyengar Yoga General Convention in Granada: April 21 – 23, 2017.

September 11, 2017

The Iyengar Yoga General Convention in Granada was hosted by Asociacion Española de Yoga Iyengar.

Bharadvajasana. To turn to your left, lift your front spine. Pin your right hip down, press your right back ribs forward toward your right breast and move them away from your spine.

Ardha Chandrasana. On the left side, pin your left shoulder-blade and left buttock deep into the body, and turn the entire torso up away from the standing leg.

Uttanasana: Standing with the legs apart allows you to rest in the pose. Doing this pose with the feet together helps strengthen the internal pelvic organs.

Dandasana with a belt.

Salabhasana: when the torso is heavy and hard to lift, place a rolled blanket under the abdomen. Wind a belt three times around the wrists, pull the arms back and lift the chest.

Dhanurasana: Lift your thighs off the floor and push your shins back  until the front ribs are also raised up off the floor.

Urdhva Dhanurasana: Support this pose from your arms and legs, and do not initiate coming into the pose from your spine: Drive your heels into the floor, pull the backs of the thighs up toward the buttock crease. Roll the tailbone away from the waist and press it up. Press your hands down, revolve your upper arms in toward your head and neck, and pull the shoulder blades away from your neck and forward into your chest.

Beautiful entertainments.

These are the organizers. Take a bow ladies!

© 2017 Bobby Clennell.