September, 2014

It's never too late to start a yoga practice! We're nearly finished prepping our new space and can't wait to begin our 14 week Fall Session which begins week of September 7th - December 20th.  Please Join Us! 

Thank you to all who gave a helping hand during the move from our old space into our new digs. Our new location is 10021-10023 Jos Campau.

Check out our  fall schedule of classes and workshops. Online registration in advance is recommended and appreciated or sign-up at your first class. 

Schedule at a glance
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level 1 
2nd sunday
gift *   
level 1

level 2-3  
level 1-2 
Our BadassYogaNun is off to South Korea for a few months to visit with family and friends, brush up on her Korean language, and of course, to teach Iyengar Yoga.  Let's all wish Peggy well on her exciting trek!  We will miss her dearly! Send her a bon voyage message 
B.K.S. Iyengar
December 14, 1918 - August 20, 2014

We remain ever grateful for the gifts that our Guruji gave us.  Many around the world pay heartfelt tribute to his life and legacy.  One such tribute can be found in this sketch of Guruji's life by Richard Jonas.

MONTHLYFOCUS: Virabhadrasana III (Warrior III) by Michele Pearson
Warrior 3
Virabhadrasana III

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. Continue to reach through the arms and begin to fold forward at the hips bringing the torso over the right thigh and parallel to the floor.  Turn the left heel up, glide forward to take the weight to the right leg and straighten it as you raise the left leg to the level of the hips. Let your pelvis become level with the floor.  Hold the pose for 30 seconds or more, bend the right leg and lower the left leg and return to Virabhadrasana I. 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 balance and concentration. Helps digestion, lifts and tones the uterus, and stimulates the heart and lungs.



NEW 1-HOUR INTRODUCTORY CLASS, Mondays 6pm and Wednesdays 12:15pm  


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 newbies buy a 5-pack for $50.   



The Iyengar Yoga Association of the Midwest Fall Retreat in Starved Rock State Park, IL is September 26-28.  Lois Steinberg and Becky Meline will be teaching.  Explore nature trails and share stories with other yogis from around the region.  The retreat is limited to 50 participants, so if you're interested there are only a few openings left.  For more information and registration click here

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!
IyengarYogaDetroit.com =
A regional Center for Iyengar Yoga Studies. Vibrant, dynamic Iyengar Yoga classes for all levels and abilities. We meet you where you are, regardless of age, health, physical ability, or economic status. We provide yoga as a tool to transform self and heal community.

Iyengar Yoga Detroit

IYD 10021-10023 Jos Campau, Hamtramck, MI 48212

Live happily and die majestically.
-B.K.S. Iyengar

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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)
NEW! Capoeira Classes at IYD

Tabcat Detroit is an organization devoted to the preservation of Brazilian Folkloric Dance Capoeira here in Michigan. Founded over 15 years ago by Mestre Caboclinho Aruanda. Tabcat has held the mission to teach Capoeira for individual and community enrichment. The director and instructor of Tabcat Detroit is Contra-Mestre Pequenininho a native Detroiter graduated by Mestre Caboclinho Aruanda. For More info contact.  Kelvin Wyatt
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.


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]