OK, some confusion regarding this post last week. The blankets that I use at the studio are AVAILABLE ON-LINE. YOU HAVE TO BUY THEM YOURSELF! These are the same Mexican Blankets that I have at Mountain View Studio and the plain ones at Clear Yoga. They are my best choice these days for buying. (The white blankets from India are unavailable.) If you want to get blankets, now it the time, it’s no longer Buy One Get One Free, but the price is still good. I get no commission, I just wanted you to know…
October 14, 2011
May 3, 2010
21st Century is here. Come and join me in the modern world.
January 19, 2010
This will be my blog account while I’m in India. Chit Chat, etc. So it doesn’t clog up the Barbara Boris Woodstock Yoga site. Check in occasionally and see what I’m up to in India. I’m also on Twitter: www.twitter.com/woodstockyoga
January 2, 2010
Great way to start the new year. MORE YOGA!
See you at Mountain View Studio.
December 22, 2008
The studio will be nice and warm, COME!
Level I Basics, 11:30-12:45
Mountain View Studio, Woodstock
September 11, 2008
I will offer a Mary Dunn Remembrance Class sometime very soon. Stay posted. I will focus on her teachings and anecdotes about her. The proceeds of the class will go to the New York Iyengar Institute in her name.
July 30, 2008
Singing the Lord’s name with feeling (bhav).
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna,
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare.
Hare Rama, Hare Rama,
Rama Rama Hare Hare.
The supreme expression of Bhakti Yoga is Kirtan. Kirtan soothes the mind, is a form of pranayama, and can be done by all. Kirtan opens the heart. It is said that in this time of Kali Yuga, that it is the repetition of the Lord’s name that will remove all darkness. Kirtan is done in Call and Response format. Repetition. Krishna Das chants mostly Kirtan.
Bhajans are songs which rejoice in the Glories of the Lord. Devotional songs in a poetic form. Not Call and Resoponse. A ballad, telling a story, getting lost in Divine bhavana. Shyamdas singing the poems of Surdas is singing Bhajan.
Krishna’s flute call
penetrated the forest and clouds.
Even the great sages who heard it immediately fell
into a state of samadhi.
This sound of Brahman
brings forth the greatest joy.
Esi Bansi Baji (He played the flute just like this)
July 23, 2008
that I thought it was CLEAR to all…
I have NEVER stated that I was a Certified Iyengar Teacher.
I HAVE taked Iyengar Teacher Training at the Iyengar Institute of Greater New York in New York City.
I HAVE studied three times in Pune at the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Institute.
I am sorry if anyone was mislead. I have updated the title of my website.
23 July 2008
June 4, 2008
I am very honored to be returning to teach at my fourth retreat at Zen Mountain Monastery this weekend. There are still spaces available. If you are interested in exploring meditation, Zen practices and living, and five and a half hours of Iyengar yoga come to Mt. Tremper and have a weekend vacation close to home!
Yoga Asana: Gate of Ease and Joy
Zen Mountain Monastery, Mt. Tremper, New York
Friday, June 6 – Sunday, June 8, 2008
(arrive around 5-6 for dinner, leave on Sunday around 12 after lunch)
“Asana” is a Sanskrit word meaning “seat.” It is defined as a steady posture done with ease, joy and completion. In zazen, creating the ease and stability of the body is often as difficult as finding stability in the mind. When the body is correctly aligned, one feels remarkable stillness and strength. As Master Dogen emphasized, “Sitting zazen is simply the peaceful and joyful gate of the dharma.”
In this popular annual retreat at ZMM, appropriate for beginners and yoga practitioners of all levels, we use Iyengar Yoga to explore the intricacies of asana in the seated posture. By looking at how we sit in zazen and by making small adjustments to our posture, we can bring more ease and stillness to the body and mind. We also create a simple and effective daily routine that supports our zazen. This year’s emphasis will be on opening the groins, hips, back, and shoulders to create freedom and space in the body.
For “non-Zenners” this is a great opportunity to try out traditional Zen Meditation in a monastic setting. The main monastery is a beautiful historic building right off of Rt. 212 before you get to Phoenicia, NY. The Zen Program for the weekend entails two “easy” sitting sessions of 25 minutes each with a walking meditation between, both morning and evening. You are allowed to sit in chairs, if cross legged sitting is not possible. Beginning meditation instruction will be given on Friday night. The yoga program will be broken into morning and afternoon periods.
For a reveiw of the 2006 retreat by Zen student follow this link:
Total Cost (including room, food, and yoga) is $275. (MRO Students $225.)
Register through www.mro.org
Ina Becker will be substituting this Sunday’s class while I am at the Monastery.
May 8, 2008
From this past Sunday’s New York Times.
“…But brain researchers have discovered that when we consciously develop new habits, we create parallel synaptic paths, and even entirely new brain cells, that can jump our trains of thought onto new, innovative tracks.
“Rather than dismissing ourselves as unchangeable creatures of habit, we can instead direct our own change by consciously developing new habits. In fact, the more new things we try — the more we step outside our comfort zone — the more inherently creative we become, both in the workplace and in our personal lives….”
“…“Try lacing your hands together,” Ms. Dawna Markova, author of “The Open Mind” and an executive change consultant for Professional Thinking Partners says. “You habitually do it one way. Now try doing it with the other thumb on top. Feels awkward, doesn’t it? That’s the valuable moment we call confusion, when we fuse the old with the new.” AFTER the churn of confusion, she says, the brain begins organizing the new input, ultimately creating new synaptic connections if the process is repeated enough….”
I think there is a bit of Iyengar Yoga going on here! Read the entire article for some interesting ideas.