Access to Yoga

By June 28, 2014

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Words from Guruji B.K.S Iyengar “Yoga is firstly for individual growth, but through the individual, society and community develop.”

A recent article came out in the Huffington Post, titled Making Yoga Affordable to All interviewing Peggy Hong  who “became a certified Iyengar Yoga instructor in 2005, and currently holds an Intermediate Junior II certificate from the Iyengar Yoga National Association. She teaches “Community Gift” pay-what-you-can classes at Iyengar Yoga Detroit and New Work Field Street Collective in Detroit, Michigan”.

One of the beauties of yoga is to create a sense of community within the space we practice in. In offering a variety of access points to free or pay what you can classes, IYISF aims to spread the teachings of B.K.S Iyengar to anyone who comes in our doors no matter their situation. Take a look at our community pay what you can schedule where we offer 3 community classes per week. We also offer a free public philosophy talk each month that is open to anyone who would like to attend. There are also work-study and scholarship opportunities for access to public classes and workshops.



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An article recently came out on Yoga International regarding the effectiveness of Yoga in minimizing depression. The article further delves into 5 core Iyengar Yoga poses that Marla Apt, the president of the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States recommends as all having “depression-fighting elements”. The “Anti-Depression Sequence” includes:

#1 Mountain Pose with Arms Overhead

(Urdhva Hastasana in Tadasana)

#2 Handstand

(Adho Mukha Vrksasana)

Modification: Downward-facing Dog

(Adho Mukha Svanasana)

#3 Chair Backbend

(Viparita Dandasana)

#4 Shoulderstand with Chair

(Sarvangasana variation)

#5 Supported Bridge Pose over Crossed Bolsters

(Setubandha Sarvangasana)