Each year the Institute hosts a Thanksgiving Benefit taught by Janet MacLeod. This year will be a special class as it will be dedicated to the memory of Mary Frances Chan a friend of Janet’s and dedicated student of Iyengar Yoga. Here are some reflections from Janet:

Mary at her studio in Sacramento

Mary at her studio in Sacramento

“Mary passed away on October 24, 2014. She was 79. She was a graduate of iyisf and got her IYNAUS Introductory Certification at 76 years old. She was a very avid supporter of Iyengar Yoga. Whether she was walking in the park or purchasing a pair of shoes she would be enthusiastically explaining the benefits of Iyengar yoga to one and all. I would like to dedicate the benefit workshop I am doing on Thanksgiving  Day for Scholarships to her as it was her desire to make yoga accessible to everyone. She had her own studio in Sacramento. It is called Gen-Nih Yoga.  -Janet MacLeod

This benefit is special to Janet’s heart as she has always been a strong proponent of making yoga available to everyone through free and donation-based classes. Our goal for this event is to raise $3,000 which will fund one full scholarship or several partial scholarship to qualified students in the Institute’s 2015 program.

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Meet Rebecca Lerner

By October 19, 2014


We are excited to announce that Intermediate Senior III certified Iyengar Teacher Rebecca Lerner will be teaching a 3 day intensive next week, along with a special teaching module course.

10/24 Friday, 2-5p: An afternoon of teaching practicum where students will learn how to bring life and fire to the physical postures (asana) so that students of all levels can begin to experience the divine within through their body. This afternoon will include practice teaching with feedback from Rebecca.

10/24 Friday, 6-8p: Establishing the Field of Bliss: Padmasana (lotus) preparation & Pranayama

10/25 Saturday, 2-5p: Exploring the Field of Bliss: Standing poses, Forward Bends and Twists

10/26 Sunday, 2-5p: Igniting the Field of Bliss: Arm balances & Backbends

Her 3 day Intensive will explore the connection between the body, mind and spirit. According to the science of yoga, we are all body-mind-spirit beings. We experience the world through our physical body and senses. Our body represents the earth element and is the field of yoga practice. Our vital body, our physiological and pranic body represents the water element. It is from here that we begin to learn to care for and nourish ourselves just as the ocean provides life on the Earth. Our mind, fire element, is in the middle, and it must fire on the last two element (air and space) the intellectual and blissful bodies in order to create a vessel capable of experiencing the abode of the soul.

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A little more about Rebecca:

“Rebecca is the co-director of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Central Pennsylvania and has been practicing and teaching yoga since the 1970’s. She has been teaching yoga since the 1970s and  continues her studies in India with the Iyengars on a regular basis.  In addition to public classes at the Center, Rebecca conducts private yoga therapy sessions giving students individualized yoga programs to suit their personal needs.  Rebecca has been the resident yoga teacher at the State College Friends School (k-8) since 1992.  Rebecca is also a professionally trained in the Bradley Method as a Natural Childbirth educator.”

-Iyengar Yoga Institute of Central Pennsylvania