Archive for workshops & special classes

Senior Iyengar Teacher Bobby Clennell returns!
March 15-17

Schedule of Classes:

  • Friday 3/15, 4 – 6 pm
    Teacher’s Class – Inversions:

    A regular inversions practice helps us cultivate insight, develops mental discipline and widens our spiritual horizons. These challenging but rewarding poses also help us develop strength and poise. We will learn the principles of alignment needed to sustain a safe and secure inversions practice.* (*The teachers inversions class can be attended by teachers, trainee teachers and “experienced” students:any one with a 5 minute headstand.) (Class a la carte: $70)
  • Friday 3/15, 7 – 9 pm

    Mentally calming and physically rejuvenating class. Restorative poses teach us to be in the asana longer so its effects penetrate deeper. We will also learn pratyahara and dhyana techniques to become familiar and more confidant with a deeper level of spiritual practice. No prerequisites: all comers, beginners, teachers and more experienced students alike are welcome! (Class a la carte: $45)
  • Saturday 3/16, 10 am – 1 pm
    The Elements:

    According to yogic principles, everything in the universe is made up of 5 subtle elements: earth element is grounding; water brings flow; fire energizes & stimulates; air expands & opens; and space connects us to universal spirit. Practicing a variety of poses, we will explore our own unique expression of these elemental forces. No prerequisites: everyone is welcome who is interested.(Class a la carte: $60)
  • Saturday 3/16, 3 pm – 5 pm
    “Baby” Back Bends:

    Here’s a way to radically rethink your backbends; sometimes referred to as baby backbends—these poses set the foundation for the deeper backbends.Rather than searching for intensity, we will work with awareness and search for a smooth, even arc in the spine, and then finish up with Urdhva Dhanurasana. No prerequisites: everyone is welcome who is interested. (Class a la carte: $45)
  • Sunday 3/17, 9 am – 12 pm
    Akarna Dhanurasana, The Archer – 
Direct the arrow of awareness:

    Akarna Dhanurasana develops strength in the arms and torso, flexibility in the legs and hips and calms the mind. We will prepare the body with a series of poses including Supta Padangustasana I, II and III, Baddha Konasana, and Janu Sirsasana.
    Prerequisites: Level 2 students and up. (Class a la carte: $60)
Total for workshop including 
teachers’ class: $270
pd before 2.19)
Total for workshop without 
teachers’ class: $200
pd before 2.19)

To Enroll – click here and select “online store” tab, then select “series & memberships”, then “workshops”
Download Bobby Clennell’s Workshop at Allied Yoga info here

* Cancellation Policy: If you cancel at least 2 weeks (14 days) before the workshop your money is refunded less a $40 admin. fee, and if it is less than 2 weeks, we will give the same refund (less the $40) only if we can fill your spot with some one from the waiting list.

TeenYoga Classes at Allied Yoga

photo teens sitting in yoga pose
High school is an already stressful environment for teenagers with the pressure to excel and fit in combined with competition to be the best, all taking its toll on a young mind and body.  Add to that the growth spurts and hormonal fluctuations of adolescence, and you’ve got a perfect storm brewing.

Our yoga studio provides an stress free environment for teens.  In the studio, teens have the ability to work on meditation, silencing all those voices inside, while creating the ability to focus on a higher level.

The physical practice of yoga promotes improved posture while increasing flexibility.  This body work and awareness decreases the aches and pains of growth surges while balancing those hormonal changes all growing teens experience.

The non-competitive and accepting environment of the teen class at Allied Yoga also works to alleviate the body consciousness issues many teens, especially girls, are experiencing at this time.  This environment allows for improved self esteem and body acceptance.

So, why yoga for teens?  Why not?!

Teen classes are taught by Anusara teacher A.J. McIntyre (a former High School teacher) on Wednesdays from 4:15-5:15 p.m. Check the schedule page to enroll or just drop in!

Yoga CAN Help Back Pain

It’s official: Yoga (especially Iyengar Yoga) CAN help ease your aching back! Did you know that about 75 percent of all adults experience at least one episode of back pain in their lifetime?

Watch this video that explains the hows and whys:
Yoga and Back Pain — WVU Health Report

Then there’s this lovely article published by Harvard Medical School’s Heath Publications: Lower back pain? Yoga therapy can help.

There’s so much information out there that speaks of the clinical and anecdotal proof that your back can feel much better through the practice of Iyengar Yoga.
And, now you’re in luck: Allied Yoga will be offering a Special Series devoted to Back Care and easing back discomfort.

Back Care Basics

man's holding back in pain
Join Instructor Rebecca L’Abbe In a class designed for people who are experiencing tightness or discomfort in their hips, lower back, shoulders and neck due to muscular strain, injury, or weakness. The course introduces students to yoga tools and techniques for overcoming generalized low back pain and building a sturdy foundation for good low back health. 

In this series of classes you will learn:

-Ways to relieve muscle tension
    -Safe poses to increase flexibility in your hips, back, shoulders, and neck
-Strengthening poses to provide necessary support to your spine and neck

    -Poses to improve your posture and alignment

Series of 5 Classes:
October 14, 21, 28th and November 4 & 11th
2:30-4 p.m.

$60 for series

To Enroll – click here and select “workshops” tab

Instructor Rebecca L’Abbe has had a first hand experience of how Iyengar Yoga can heal back pain. She was sidelined by a serious back injury that had its roots in years of dancing. Yoga was the cornerstone of her recovery, not only on a physical level, but on an emotional level as well: through years of careful loving care from teachers who helped her to overcome her fears about hurting her back again. Rebecca was able to realign her body from its years of compensating for the pain and fear of re-injury, and regained her confidence, too!

B.K.S. Iyengar translates sutra II,46, sthira sukham asanam, as “Asana is perfect firmness of body, steadiness of intelligence and benevolence of spirit”. Edwin Bryant offers an economical reading: “Posture should be steady and comfortable.”

Ropes allow practitioners at every level of experience to seek and maintain steadiness and ease in a wide variety of poses with minimal manipulation of props.

Certain poses are more accessible to people with injuries or chronic conditions. For example, headstand done suspended on the ropes puts no pressure on the neck or shoulders.
The support ropes provide help one remain in poses longer to explore more confidently the effects of different postures and to delight in the benefits of moderate stretching, squeezing and nourishing of muscles and vital organs.

Similarly, the mind, aided by the breath, can be stilled more readily in supported poses. As asana practice deepens, it becomes more refined, more meditative and begins to illuminate the unity of body,mind and soul.

by Allied Yoga floating teacher and long-time Iyengar yogi Kris Onuf

Kris in rope sirasana (rope head stand)

Kris in rope sirasana (rope head stand)

Kris will be teaching Two upcoming special Sunday ropes classes on 11/13 & 12/4, noon-1:30 – the ocst for each is $15 – hurry! space is limited to 6 people

Props & chairs

From the New Oxford American Dictionary:
prop 1 |präp|
-”a pole or beam used as a support or to keep something in position, typically one that is not an integral part of the thing supported ”

verb ( propped , propping ) [ trans. ]
position something underneath (someone or something) for support : she propped her chin in the palm of her right hand.
• position (something or someone) more or less upright by leaning it against something else : a jug of milk with a note propped against it | she propped the picture up on the mantlepiece.
• use an object to keep (something) in position : he found that the door to the office was propped open.

Both the noun and the verb definitions are applicable when it comes to the use of the simple metal folding chair as a prop in Iyengar yoga. The Iyengar Method frequently incorporates the use of a chair (often modified) as an effective yoga tool to deepen and enhance the experience and practice of all types of asanas (yoga poses). Iyengar yoga practitioners use these chairs in all sorts of poses ranging from simple seated twists, to supported inversions and backbends.

metal folding yoga
A metal folding chair modified for use in Iyengar yoga

Want to find out more? Check this out:

“Make Your Own Yoga Chair” - CANCELED
Allied Yoga will offer this class again in the Fall
Sunday June 19th, Noon – 2 p.m. with Shaaron Honeycutt & Shannon Wilcox (reservation required) at Allied Yoga
B.Y.O.C. (bring your own chair)
(standard metal folding chair – call if in doubt): $30
or chair provided for modification: $50
A class will be taught on using the chair in asanas, too!

R.S.V.P – reservations only – must reserve space by Wednesday June 15th, 2011 – email ( or call us (434.218.0580)