October, 2014

Our Fall Session is on to a great start!  We've have included some interesting additions to our class schedule to get newly interested students moving. 

Every 2nd Sunday*of the month is a great time to make powerful connections by bringing your interested friends and family in for a 60 min introductory class.  It's a great way to introduce them to Iyengar Yoga and the 60 minute time frame is less intimidating than our standard 90 min class.  So bring your loved ones and let them see how a yoga practice can invigorate and sooth them.  Our next class is October 12th at 2pm. *Donation class

Wednesday's lunch hour yoga class at 12:15pm is great for those who can use a recharge in the middle of the day.  It will certainly make the rest of your day and week enjoyable.

On Friday's restore and rejuvenate after a long work week with our Restorative yoga class at 5:30pm.  End your week with a mind quieting practice that soothes tired joints and replenishes your inner vigor!

Don't forget the kids! Our kids yoga program is by far the best choice you can make to help your child meet the challenges they face on a daily basis.  Youth learn to develop qualities like steadiness, strength, suppleness and balance. The asanas (postures) improve the gross and subtle motor system of a child, strengthen the muscular system, improve the overall posture of the body and enhance self-confidence. While poses require enthusiasm and effort, determination and focus, the effect can be clarity and peace. An important aspect of yoga practice is that it improves overall concentration and focus, which enables the child to improve study skills. But most rewarding is that children find it challenging and fun to do!  Thursday's @ 4:00pm

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

level 2-3  
level 1-2 
MONTHLYFOCUS: Parsvottanasana (Intense Stretch of the Sides) by Michele Pearson
Parsvottanasana w/ chair

From Tadasana, jump into Utthita Hasta Padasana (extended arms and legs), feet 4 to 4-1/2 feet apart. Take hands on the waist. Turn the left foot deeply in and turn the right foot out 90 degrees. Rotate the hips to face the right leg. Keeping the legs straight and steady, inhale and raise the spine, abdomen, chest, sternum and head.  Curve the neck and look up and back.  Bring the head back to center.  Exhale, stretch the entire truck forward to become parallel to the floor. Release hands from the waist and lengthen arms onto the chair seat.  Grasp the rear of the chair seat.  See that both legs remain straight, and continue extending the arms straight.  Keep the pelvis parallel with the floor, raise the head, concave the back and look forward toward the hands.  Move the shoulders toward the hips as you extend the sternum forward. Stay for 30-60 seconds, inhale, return hands to waist and come up, turn the feet forward and join the legs.  Repeat on the left side.  

This asana relieves stiffness in the legs and hip muscles, making the hip joints and spine strong and elastic. One learns to bend forward giving a forward extension to the spinal muscles.  One must learn to make the back concave in order avoid compression of the spinal muscles.  Apart from concavity in the back, the arm and shoulder action improves the structure of the body.  --Yoga In Action: Preliminary Course, Geeta Iyengar 


Remembering Guruji -
December 14, 1918 - August 20, 2014



            Snipets of B.K.S. Iyengar's life


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!
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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

"Do not stop trying just because perfection eludes you."
-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]