July, 2014


We have one more month of classes this summer. Take advantage of the warm weather to stretch those tight places and get supple and limber! Newbies, come on by for 1-hour intros on Mondays 6pm, and Wednesdays 12:15 and 7:30pm.

Iyengar Yoga Detroit has gone national! Read this interview of Peggy Kwisuk Hong on Huffington Post about Making Yoga Affordable to All.


Mondays 6pm, Wednesdays 12:15pm and 7:30pm


Maybe you or someone you know wants to learn yoga, but committing 90 minutes every week is just too much for them. These fun, breezy 1-hour classes may be just the right thing. Students will still enjoy a vigorous, active class, and end with soothing relaxation, in this accessible, non-intimidating class for new beginners. IYD members can drop-in for just $12 (nonmembers $16) or buy a 5-pack for $50.


MONTHLY FOCUS: Virabhadrasana I  
by Peggy Kwisuk Hong
BKS Iyengar in Virabhadrasana I


From Tadasana, jump into Utthita Hasta Padasana (extended arms and legs), feet 4 to 4-1/2 feet apart. Extend the arms into Urdhva Hastasana (upward arms). Turn the left foot deeply in and turn the right foot out 90 degrees. Rotate the hips to face the right leg. Press into the outer edge of the left foot as you bend the right leg into a 90 degree angle. Lengthening the front of the left thigh, lift the front of the hips up and extend the tailbone down. Reach up through the arms to lengthen the trunk more. Hold the pose for 30 seconds or more, straighten the right leg, turn the feet towards center and repeat on the left side. 


This challenging pose brings vitality by lengthening the iliopsoas, the primary hip flexor. It improves digestion, lifts and tones the uterus, and stimulates the heart and lungs.

A Note from IYD instructor Peggy Kwisuk Hong:

I ask for your blessing as I take a long-awaited extended stay in South Korea, from September-December 2014. I will return to teach a full slate of classes come January 2015. In Korea, I plan to teach some Iyengar Yoga, improve my Korean, and reconnect with family and friends. Meanwhile, I am preparing to take my next yoga exam August 8-10, for Intermediate Junior III certification through Iyengar Yoga National Association of US. Please send me good wishes for these upcoming challenging milestones. I am deeply indebted to all my Detroit students, colleagues, and mentees, for your trust, friendship, and support. In my absence, classes will continue with a growing IYD faculty. I hope to see you in my final weeks of Detroit teaching in 2014.


JUNE 19 - JULY 24, 10am - 12noon:  For All Ages



Join us for a morning of yoga fun and games. In the first hour, we will do a high energy, playful yoga class, and serve a healthy snack. In the second hour, we will engage in enriching community-centered activities, such as a workshops with guest artists or a field trips to neighborhood gardens, art galleries, parks, and other fun sites. 

Children age 7 and up are welcome to attend alone, and children and toddlers 6 and under with an adult. 

This class is offered on a "Community Gift"/Sliding-Scale basis: $30-$75/child. Adults can attend at no charge with a child. 

Co-taught by Erin Shawgo and Scheherazade Washington Parrish.



There are MANY ways for you to support your Iyengar Yoga community.  Make a donation to YOUR local Iyengar Yoga Center.  Your tax deductible gift will help sustain our efforts to bring the transformative power of Iyengar Yoga to our community. Help us by informing the community about the benefits of Iyengar Yoga. Share your story and help enable us to collaborate with schools and other organizations in the area.

Donate $25, $50, $100, $500, $1000, or more.  Click the donate button and enter the amount you'd like to give.

 Volunteer to help.  Do you or anyone you know have media connections? Encourage them to do a story on IYD.  Help us create a crowd funding video. Encourage your close friends to join a yoga class with you. Find out how you can help.       


At IYD we offer a selection of "community gift"/sliding-scale classes each week, marked with a star on the schedule. Your generous payment of $5-$20 will keep the class running and allow others to experience the same benefits you receive. Non-monetary payments are also welcome.  The lessons of Iyengar Yoga, so generously offered by the Iyengar family and the teachers they have trained, are priceless.  Let us appreciate this sacred art by giving what we can from the heart.  Keep the gift circulating!
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"Yoga is firstly for individual growth, but through the individual, society and community develop." 
-B.K.S. Iyengar

In This Issue
NO CLASSES FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, July 4-5, 2014. Feel free to make up classes at other times. See full scheduleehere..

As much as we love our current space, we have been longing for a first floor storefront. We will be moving rope wall and all to 10023 Jos Campau, between Belmont and Yemans.
We will move in the last week of July after the summer session ends, use August to set up the beautiful new space, and begin offering classes in September. 
Moving volunteers welcome and needed! If you have a couple of hours to spare, we will give you a beautiful opportunity to practice the yoga of service! Look for the sign-up sheet at the studio or email us.
Certification Mark
quality seal
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)
We are interested in learning about your community development and would love to feature your project. We look for projects that fit our mission of community uplifting and giving for the betterment of society.  To submit your project for consideration contact us at [email protected]
Consider volunteering to make Iyengar Yoga happen in Detroit! 
If you have as little as 2 hours per month, we would love your company.  Volunteer tasks could include:
  • Setting up a snazzy little store area for yoga props for sale.
  • Fliering the town with postcards and newsleters
  • Helping to wash our hard-working mats and blankets
  • Artwork for outdoor sandwich board
Other ideas?
Contact us to get started



Locally Made Wood Yoga Props From Reclaimed Materials



Have you seen the beautiful wooden blocks on our store shelf? These were made by the same excellent crew who constructed our rope wall, and they have launched their new yoga props business, starting with us! Each hollow block is uniquely constructed from a variety of woods, then oiled with nontoxic linseed. Pick up a pair for $55, or just one for $30. You can also order any wooden yoga prop that your heart desires from them, and save on shipping. Contact Detroit Yoga Works/Mark Klimkowski at [email protected] or 810-434-2151.