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Iyengar Yoga General Convention in Granada: April 21 – 23

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.

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Two workshops in the UK for teachers, April, May. 2017.

August 23, 2017

Iyengar Yoga Studio: East Finchley, London. Ropes Workshop.

Kapotasana on ropes with a partner.

Yogawest: Bristol UK. Toward Drop- backs.

Sirsasana into Viparita Dandasana. Make the shape of a wheel without loosing control of your shoulder blades.  Let your navel roll forward  before dropping back.

Stamp your heels down and press your tailbone up. Move the backs of your thighs toward the buttock crease, press your calves down and move your knees toward your chest. And most important, press your forearms into the floor, and don’t let your shoulder drop!

 

Kids Love Yoga

June 21, 2017

Yoga is fun to do all by yourself…

Six-year-old Marley, daughter of certified Iyengar Yoga teacher Vicky Elwell, expresses the sheer joy of tickling her toes with her hair: Rajakapotasana (King of Pigeons). Vicky’s studio, the Yoga Loft, is in Sheffield  Village, Ohio.

Playing on the ropes in the big kids playroom Adho Mukna Svanasana on the Ropes (Downward Facing Dog Pose).

… or with friends

Will these trees sway in the breeze: Vriksanana (Tree Pose)? Or be strong and steady, like a triangle: Uttitha Trikonasana? Helena and Irene Ortiz practicing with me at Natural Yoga, Bogota, Columbia. Photo by by their mother, Ilse Bedolla.

Curl up and around, or stretch up to the sky: Urdhva Baddhanguliyasana (Upward Facing Interlocked Fingers Pose) from Sukhasana (Simple Cross Legs Pose).

Didi Hall’s grandson has an exquisite sense of balance. And his tree (Vriksanana) grows in unusual soil: Kurmasana (Tortoise Pose)! Didi teaches at The Yoga Center Toronto. 

Stand tall like a tree, with your roots in the ground and your leaves reaching for the sky.

Thanks to everyone who has sent me photos of their kids who were inspired by my book, 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, please send it to me, and I’ll update the post.

© 2017 Bobby Clennell.

Taipei: October 28 – 31. 2016.

June 7, 2017

Workshops at Shelly Yoga, New Taipei City.

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Uttanasana with a chair. The heels control the lower legs and the sit-bones the upper. To elongate the hamstrings, anchor the heels to the lip of the upturned chair seat, and draw the sit-bones up away from the back of the knees.

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Uppavista Konasana/combined Marichyasana 1.

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Ardha Matsyendrasana with bolster and wall.

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Some lovely old artifacts.

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These were part of a collection displayed in a restaurant.

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I love these old fans!

© 2017 Bobby Clennell

Fernandina Beach: October 21 – 23

May 9, 2017

Workshop at Community Yoga, Fernandina Beach, Florida.

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I got a nice warm welcome.

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Baddangullyasana in Sukhasana.  Raise the arm-bones and simultaneously “fix” the inner deltoids and trapezium muscles onto the shoulder girdle.

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Sukhasana, with forward extension to the side.

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Parivritta Parsvakonasana on a chair. This powerful twist strengthens the lumbar spine.

© 2017 Bobby Clennell.

Delray Beach: October 18 – 19

April 25, 2017

Workshop at Iyengar Yoga Center of the Palm Beaches. Delray Beach, Florida.

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A strong hip opener in Sirsasana. Align your sacrum and pubic bone. Maintaining a perfect square, pull the outer femur bones into the hip sockets.

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Nirlamba Sarvangasana with arms above head. Align back and front ribs so they are both perpendicular to the floor.

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From Chair Sarvangasana, Nirlamba Sarvangasana to the wall. From Nirlamba Sarvangasana, drop your knees to either side of the forehead (Karnapidasana).

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Exotic birds are a common sight in Florida…

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….and looking up is equally magical.

© 2017 Bobby Clennell

Amman, Jordan

November 6, 2015

Workshop at Inta Ana Studio in Jabal Al Weibdeh, Amman.

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On the first day I taught the standing poses. We started with Prasarita Padottanasana to prepare the legs for the strong work to come.

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On the second day, we did back bends. To mobilize the upper back, curve it over the chair rest. For stability, keep your heels pressed against the front legs of the chair. Walk your hands down the wall. Lift the pelvis.

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Urdhva Dhanurasana with hands on blocks. As you push up into the pose, keep your feet parellel. Women in particular, as your hips are wider and heavier than men’s, be sure to lift the pelvis (taking the tops of the shins to the wall).

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Recovery, (legs apart) Uttanasana. Touch your hands to the floor. Relax the abdomen. allow your lower back to broaden.

Petra

Petra

We walked through many of these gigantic and ancient rock formations to get into the ancient city of Petra.

Camels outsides the Treasury.

Sand cat

A very friendly kitten, the same color as the sand.

Coffee

Turkish-stlye coffee – very strong. I couldn’t find a capucino anywhere in Petra.

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These two Bedouin women were running the coffee shop. Dig the eyebrows.

Petra

The world’s biggest sand castle?

© 2015 Bobby Clennell

Beijing. November 8, 9 and 10. 2014.

January 10, 2015

The Summer Palace, Beijing.

I could definitely spend my Julys and Augusts here!

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Workshop at FineYoga.

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My translator, Ming, supported me every inch of the way!

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A variation of Parighasana (Gate Pose).

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Maintain the bent leg hip directly above the knee. The upper arm shoulder blade should feel sharp: pull it away from the upper-arm itself, and down away from the neck. Press the front (straight) leg buttock forward. Revolve the torso and pelvis away from the front leg.

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Everyone got up into Adho Mukha Vrksasana, one way or the other.

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This was a Side Stretch class, so, more Parighasana….Pull the right thigh bone deep into the hip socket. Extend both sides of the torso toward the window.

 

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Unwinding with Parsva Uttanasana. First to the left,

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and then to the right. Keep that left hip pinned well back. Move the left ear toward the outer right shinbone. I like the way this student used the chair.

© 2015 Bobby Clennell.

 

China, part 1

December 18, 2013

Beijing

Inside the Forbidden City

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It was wonderful to share the experience of the Forbidden City with Chinese tourists, who were as excited as I was to learn about the history and the life within the walls of this imperial palace.

Entrance.

Entrance.

There were many gates and bridges that we passed through.

There were many gates and bridges that we passed through.

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I was fascinated by the patterns, textures and colors.

A guardian to yet another chamber within the walls.

A guardian to yet another chamber within the walls.

Ceiling.

Ceiling.

Another painted ceiling.

Another painted ceiling.

Doors are a symbol of hope; opportunity; a passage from one state or world to another; an entrance to a new life. In India, divinities are carved on door jams, indicating the deity through which man enters the Supreme Presence. This Chinese door in the Forbidden City is particularly beautiful.

Doors are a symbol of hope; opportunity; a passage from one state or world to another; an entrance to a new life. In India, divinities are carved on door jams, indicating the deity through which man enters the Supreme Presence. This Chinese door in the Forbidden City is particularly beautiful.

Here is one of several thrones in the Forbidden City.

Here is one of several thrones in the Forbidden City.

Eight dragons symbolized the power of the emperor.

Eight dragons symbolized the power of the emperor.

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Parent & Kid Yoga in a Shopping Mall

There were 20 sets of parent/child. The event was organized by Le Yoga.

I stand firm,
Steady and brave.

With long legs,
And broad chest,

I stand on my feet
And spread my arms up.
To reach the sky;
I stand tall and firm.

— Yogagshastra, Tome 1. Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, Pune. YOG, Mumbai.

Urdhva Hastasana in Tadasana (Arms Raised in Mountain Pose).

Urdhva Hastasana in Tadasana (Arms Raised in Mountain Pose).

Utthita Hasta Padasana (Arms Raised, Legs Wide Pose).

Utthita Hasta Padasana (Arms Raised, Legs Wide Pose).

Vriksasana (Tree Pose).

Vriksasana (Tree Pose).

Adhomuka Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose).

Adhomuka Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose).

You have to be quick to jump through the jaws of the crocodile before they snap down on top of you!

You have to be quick to jump through the jaws of the crocodile before they snap down on top of you!

© 2013 Bobby Clennell.

Hanuman comes to Greenwich Village

November 1, 2013

Huge thanks to Lindsey’s student Justine Fisher, who scoured Pune for this beautiful sandstone Hanuman. He stands three-feet tall and is heavy; he travelled on an amazing journey from India to the US in a packing case.  We are so happy to welcome him into our household.

Hanuman, the monkey god, is worshiped as a symbol of physical strength, perseverance and devotion.

Justine, the two gentlemen who delivered the statue, and Lindsey.

Justine, the two gentlemen who delivered the statue, and Lindsey.

"Where shall he live?"

“Where shall he live?”

"This is the perfect spot, with a nice view of the garden!"

“This is the perfect spot, with a nice view of the garden!”

© 2013 Bobby Clennell.