The Yamas and Niyamas in Collective Practice with Hong Gwi-Seok: September 13
Not only can we use the yamas and niyamas as a framework for our individual lives, but we can apply them to collectives and organizations. Let’s use our imaginations to discover ways to shift institutions and cultures toward more beautiful possibilities, through embracing and practicing the yamas and niyamas.
Gwi-Seok has been teaching Iyengar Yoga since 2001, and specializes in integrating the inner with the outer, through yoga as an embodied ethical practice, especially for those with marginalized identities.
From Foe to Friend: Using the Mind on the Path of Liberation with Shanna Small: October 11
Many yogis say that, stilling the mind, is liberation and the essence of yoga. For most folks, this feels impossible. Lucky for us, there is a middle path. We can take mental qualities like obsession, imagination, constant activity, wanting to “be like the Jones’ and use them to take us to the door of stillness and liberation. Join Shanna and Avery for an active discussion, based on the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita, on befriending the mind.
Shanna Small is a writer and Yoga teacher who speaks to the intersectionality of Yoga and social justice. She has practiced Ashtanga Yoga and studied the Yoga Sutras since 2001. She has studied in Ashtanga in Mysore with Sharath Jois. Shanna studied Sanskrit, the Yoga Sutras and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika with Laksmish in Mysore, India. She does Vedic studies, including the Gita, w/ Kaya Mindlin. Shanna’s finds joy in making the Ashtanga practice accessible for all. She studied with Amber Karnes and Dianne Bondy and is Yoga For All certified. She is a regular contributor for Yoga International, OmStars and the Ashtanga Dispatch. She teaches diversity and inclusivity, Yoga Sutras as well as accessibility trainings and workshops. She is a founding member of Yoga For Recovery Foundation, a non-profit that helps those recovering from addiction, trauma and systemic oppression. Shanna is also certified in the Trauma Conscious Yoga Method by Nityada Gessel.
The Light of the Gayatri Workshop with Anjali Rao: November 8
Often revered as one of the most ancient and powerful mantras, each syllable of the Gayatri mantra from the Rig Veda has specific significance. Chanting the Gayatri mantra is said to profer great wisdom and peace, and has lived through the oral traditions for thousands of years. The story has hues of mysticism to being a part of many socio-political movements. We will listen to the stories, revel in the sacred sounds and learn how to chant this potent mantra together.
Anjali Rao is a Yoga educator who offers an intersectional and critical lens into the teachings of yoga in service to the challenges of the times we live in.
Embodiment & Reality with Tiger Rahman: December 13
In this time we’ll discuss the role of the senses as an intermediary between the Real and our embodied personhood. What is the risk of acting on muted or hyperactive sense responses? How does our relationship with our senses affect our spiritual growth?
Tiger is a student of Vedanta under Swami Parasarathy and a full-time education researcher and organizational strategist.
Queer Care! FREE 6-week Iyengar Yoga Series
Affirming community care practices just for LGBTQIA+ folks.
Class is adaptive and alignment based.
This class series is FREE thanks to a generous grant from the InterMountain Iyengar Yoga Association.
Thank you to your commitment to make the profound benefits of Iyengar Yoga accessible to all!
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“I learned a great deal in Avery’s Yoga for Activism workshop, “Remaining Clear and Focused During Conflict.” A month later, a new supervisor threatened my job–but thanks to Avery’s teaching, I was able to remain calm and collected in stressful situations. The skills they taught made my life bearable during an incredibly difficult time.”
Elena (she, her)