DEC 14, 1918 – AUG 20, 2014
Reflections on BKS Iyengar
Dear AHA Students,
I am writing this email from a yoga retreat with Patricia Walden, one of the most senior Iyengar yoga teachers. It was here that I learned the news that BKS Iyengar died early in the morning on August 20, in Pune, India. It has been comforting to be in the presence of so many devoted teachers of this lineage during this time of sadness.
In his lifetime, BKS Iyengar trained hundreds of teachers and taught in more than 70 countries. His books have been translated into 13 languages. The NY Times reported in 2002 that no one has done more than Mr. Iyengar to bring yoga to the west. In class, Patricia read from one of his later books, Light on Life.
I am old, and death inevitably approaches. But both birth and death are beyond the will of a human being. They are not my domain. I do not think about it. Yoga has taught me to think of only working to live a useful life. The complexity of the life of the mind comes to an end at death, with all its sadness and happiness. If one is already free from that complexity, death comes naturally and smoothly. If you live holistically at every moment, as yoga teaches, even though the ego is annihilated, I will not say, “Die before you die.” I would rather say, “Live before you die, so that death is also a lively celebration.
We can celebrate his life by practicing every day. As we begin our fall session on September 2, I will have many stories about him and words of wisdom from him to share with you. Although his body has departed, his teaching will live on.
Fall at AHA
The Fall schedule is available online and at the studio. The studio is closed on Monday, September 1. Enjoy these August summer days and remember the studio is air conditioned.
Note the following new classes:
- Thursday: 6:30 – 7:30 am Rise and Shine Yoga with Rick Lamont. This class will be offered for six weeks, from 9/11/14-10/16/14. If there are interested students, it will continue.
- Thursday 5:30 – 6:30 pm End of Day Yoga with Kristin McGee. This class is appropriate for beginners and those who want a quiet, end of day practice
- Thursday 7 – 8:30 pm Special Topics with Kristin McGee. The first six-week session will be from 10/16 – 11/20 and the topic is How to Develop a Home Practice. To register, email Kristin. You can use your AHA pass or pay a special price for the six classes of $72.
- Sunday classes are back starting September 7. We all look forward to welcoming Diana Shannon back to the studio.
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Qigong and Cancer: The Science and Practice of Complementary Medicine with Kenneth Cohen
Qigong is the most extensively researched method of energy medicine in the world. Although the various postures and meditations have a wide range of applications, one of the best documented is in complementary therapy for cancer and to mitigate the side effects of therapy. You will learn about the etiology of cancer from a qigong perspective, including the connection between cancer and liver function, cancer and pace of life, and how emotions may influence cancer initiation and development. There will be a critical discussion of the promises and pitfalls of qigong research and suggestions about how to effectively integrate qigong into health care.
On a practical level, students will learn qigong methods for well-being that are also used in China as part of cancer therapy, including Inner Nourishing Qigong which combines breathing with healing phrases; a complete Five Element Meditation to wash the internal organs of toxic qi; Standing Meditation, and gentle exercises based on the Crane and Deer. These practices are highly enjoyable, easy to learn, appropriate for beginners, and a great tool for health-care providers to prevent exhaustion from “healer burn-out.”
- Sunday 9 am-12:30, 2-5:30 pm
- Cost $125
- This workshop will take place at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Auditoriums C & D
Ken Cohen, M.A. (www.kennethcohen.com) is a renowned qigong master and health educator with more than 45 years of experience. Winner of the Lifetime Achievement Aware in Energy Medicine, his work has been sponsored by the American Cancer Society, the Mayo Clinic, Health Canada, and numerous medical schools and hospitals. Ken is the author of The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing (Ballantine Books) and more than 200 journal articles.
September 13, 9 – 11:30am
Finding Ease and Stability in Backbends
with Jill Johnson
September 28 4-5:30
Yoga Sutra Discussion with Jill Johnson