What's News??
Issue: #2Feb/2014
Happy February!!

We're halfway through Winter!!  Your generous donations of time, muscle and monies to support our vision for Iyengar Yoga in Detroit has kept us warm and toasty, and practicing yoga!  We thank you!!  
Have you seen our Rope Wall??  Only one like it in Detroit.

Check out our Monthly Focus, and don't forget to register for  2nd Saturday  Workshops with Peggy Kwisuk Hong to your practice this month!  

If you're in the Royal Oak or Rochester Hills ares, check out our partner Chris Briney's classes!! (See details below.)

Let's grow fearlessly!

FEBRUARY 8, 1-4pm
1-3 pm Asana 
3-4 pm Homemade immune-boosting soup 
For students with at least 3 months Iyengar Yoga study, learn how yoga can keep you healthy in the winter months with a sequence designed to support the adrenals, respiratory system, circulation, and reduce inflammation. Afterwards, enjoy a warming, wholesome, vegetarian soup provided by Guerrilla Food.
Community Gift for Members 
Suggested Fee: $15-40

Nonmembers: $40 
Monthly Focus: Adho Mukha Svanasana- 
A Journey From the Known to the Unknown with Fearlessness
Michele L Pearson

   Adho Mukha Svanasana - Downward facing dog


1. Lie down on your belly.  Place your hands near the sides of your chest, with elbows pointed

 toward the ceiling. Point your toes back.


2. Tuck your toes under and come to your knees.


3. Exhale your breath and raise your knees from the floor. Lift your hips up and draw them back. Further raise your hips by lifting your heels, coming on to your toes. Have a slight bend in the knees.



4. Straighten your legs and pull up your knee caps. Press your legs away from your body and reach your heels towards the floor.


5. Firmly press your hands into the floor and draw your shoulders away from your ears. Keep 

your arms straight and let your head hang freely towards the floor.  Hold the pose for 30-60 seconds and breathe normally.


Gain more extension in the shoulders by placing blocks under your hands.  Have the blocks near

a wall to secure them. 


For a calmer way of practicing, place your head on a bolster, folded blanket or block.


When reaching the hips up and back, reach them as if to an area of the unknown, spread away

the vulnerability in the back of the thighs. Remain grounded to what has been established and soar 

the sides of the chest to greater possibilities.


Medical Benefits:

When practiced with the head supported, Adho mukha svanasana reduces high blood pressure 

and calms and regulates heart palpitations.  It brings relief to those who suffer backache, 

arthritis, upper-back stiffness, sciatica, and displaced spinal discs.


This posture also helps individuals deal with asthma, shortness of breath, bronchitis, and nasal 

catarrh. Include this posture in your practice if you have displaced uterus, umbilical hernia, 

or kidney, menstrual, or prostate problems. (B. Clennell, 2013)

Member Appreciation Party!!
Donate to our IndieGoGo Campaign

Sun, March 2, 1-4pm

Thank you for supporting IYD in 2014!

Your membership enhances the quality of study and practice at Iyengar Yoga Detroit by helping us build a rope wall, provide Community Gift classes, collaborate with community partners, develop the next generation of Iyengar teachers, and get the word out about the transformative art of Iyengar Yoga.

As an appreciation, we are offering a complimentary members-only ropes class, followed by delicious refreshments.

1-2 pm Introductory Ropes Class
 (Space limited, please pre-register) 

2-4 pm Refreshments and Conversation

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What are your gifts to share with our yoga community? Join us in running a vital and comprehensive Center for Iyengar Yoga Studies while building an Iyengar Yoga Movement in Detroit! 
Most committees will meet once/month for 1-2 hours. Contact us to join our:

* Public Relations Committee: Getting the word out, planning special events, the voice of IYD Movement.

* Site Committee: Building and maintaining yoga props, beautifying the studio.

* Fundraising: Running campaigns to promote Iyengar Yoga projects and community classes.
What Are Our Partners Up To??
Here are some Target Classes and Workshops Chris Briney will be teaching in February: 
Feb 8: A Fresh Look at a Familiar Face: Iyengar Yoga and the "Mystery of the Known," 


All other listed events will be held at
Feb 16:  Discovery Series Advancing Practice Workshop 1-4pm
Reading and discussion of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras coupled with in-depth teaching on Inversions and Backbends in a workshop designed to Advance the Practices of all sincere yoga students.
Feb 23: Restorative Yoga Workshop 4-6pm
Feb 28: Target Class--Moving into Meditation, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
An exploration of the process of meditation as seen through the lens of the Yoga Sutras, as well as postures and practices to facilitate establishing a steady, alert, and serene "seat." 

About IYD
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Iyengar Yoga Detroit is a center for the comprehensive study of yoga in the tradition of BKS Iyengar.
We offer high-quality classes for students of all experience levels, abilities, and income levels.
We provide yoga as a tool for transformation of self and healing of community.

At IYD we provide dynamic instruction from highly trained, dedicated teachers.  Our teachers have over 25 years of combined Iyengar Yoga experience between them and they uphold to the standards of the Iyengar Yoga  National Association of the United States (IYNAUS)

WINTER SCHEDULE January 6 - March 29
Iyengar Yoga Detroit 

Level 1,

Level 3,
Level 2-3,
Level 1-2,

2nd Saturday
Level 2-3,
Level 1,
Level 1-2,
Level 3,
*Indicates "Community
Gift" pay-what-you-can 
classes for IYD members 

Class Description and Registration Fees:
Find your class here.
Member drop-in: $16                                                     Non-member drop-in: $20