November, 2014

November is upon us and this is only one of many months to give thanks.  Here are a few ways to express gratitude this month:
1. Open your heart and respond with love and compassion, no matter what
2. Share what you have with others
3. Pay it forward with a kind deed
4. List 3 things you are grateful for
5. Give a sincere thank-you, a genuine smile, and a heartfelt hug

REMINDERS! There are no yoga classes Thanksgiving week, November 23rd-29th.  Only few weeks left of our Fall Session which ends Dec 20th. Please make up any missed classes by the end of the session.  Make-ups can be made in any class appropriate for your level of practice.  If you are enrolled in a 60-75 minute class and want to make up in a 90 min class just pay $3.50 diffference.

Please come and bring friends to our 2nd Sunday* of the month Introductory yoga class.  It's a great way to introduce friends and family 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 November 9th, 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.

Our Friday's restorative class has been cancelled due to low enrollment. Please stay tuned for Winter session restorative classes.

Don't forget the kids!
The next 6 week session begins Thursday, November 6th @ 4:00pm  
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!  

Schedule at a glance
sun  mon tuewed  thurs fri sat
level 1 
2nd sunday
gift *   
level 1
level 1-2 
restorative  CANCELLED
level 2-3  
level 1-2 
MONTHLYFOCUS: Janu Sirsasana (Head to Knee Pose) by Julia Visconti
Parsvottanasana w/ chair


1. Sit in Dandasana

2. Bend the right knee to the side and take it back as far as possible.

3. Press the heel into its own thigh and let the toes touch the left inner thigh.

4. Bring the right hip slightly forward and turn the pubis, lower abdomen, and chest to the left, so that the sternum faces the center of the left leg.

5. With an exhalation bend the hips and trunk down, stretch the arms forward, and hold the left foot (or catch the foot with a strap)

6. Inhale, pull on the foot (or strap) to bring the trunk forward and up. Make the back concave and take the kidneys in. Keep both sides of the body parallel. Take the shoulders back and look up.

7. With an exhalation take the trunk down over the left leg. Bend the elbows outward and up, and catch further.

8. Extend the waist and chest forward. Place the fore-head, then the chin, on the shin. Breathe evenly.

9. Stay for 15 to 20 seconds, relaxing the trunk, the neck, and the head.  

10.Inhale, come up. Straighten the right leg. Line up the trunk with the legs and repeat from no. 2 to 10 on the left side.


Work in the Posture:

Keep the left leg straight. Go on revolving the abdomen to the left. Extend the front of the body as well as the back. Keep the back soft. Every now and then, go down further on an exhalation.


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

"Do not stop trying just because perfection eludes you."
-B.K.S. Iyengar

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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)
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]