IYCWM is thrilled to welcome senior Iyengar teacher Bobby Clennell for this special Women’s workshop. Bobby’s study of Iyengar Yoga began in 1972 in the UK—as did a 20-year career in animation. She was certified to teach by B.K.S. Iyengar in 1977, and has made subsequent trips to Pune every two years ever since. She considers herself blessed to have studied directly with B.K.S. Iyengar. “The profound and cathartic effect of the intensive work I’ve done with him remains with me to this day.”
Bobby’s publications include three yoga manuals—The Iyengar Yoga Glossary, Props and Ailments, and A Cosmic Body Map. She is also the author and illustrator of The Women’s Yoga Book: Asana and Pranayama for All Phases of The Menstrual Cycle and a children’s book, Watch Me do Yoga. Her contributions to Yoga Samachar include “Letter from Pune” (2008) and “Art and Yoga” (2009).
Her animated film, Yoga Yantra, which is generated from filmed footage of B.K.S. Iyengar, can be viewed here or on YouTube.
Bobby offers special thanks to Geeta Iyengar, who inspired and informed her work with women; and to Prashant Iyengar, whose knowledge of yoga and its philosophy, history, and culture has always inspired her. She also remains grateful to the late Mary Dunn for her teaching and her selfless work in establishing the New York Institute.
Of her own teaching Bobby says, “I try to help students restore the balance between the constant pull of the external world and their own, oftentimes neglected, individual heart.”
Yoga for The Stages of a Woman’s Life LiveStream Workshop
An Overview: We will begin by taking a look at how yoga should be practiced throughout out our lives, from childhood, through puberty, pregnancy, menopause, post menopause and beyond.
Saturday, August 29th
9am – 12noon
Maintaining a Cyclically Responsive Practice. Since a whole month’s practice yields results during menstruation itself, we need to know how to synchronize our practice with the hormonal ups and downs of the month. Bobby shows us how to maintain a cyclically responsive practice that boosts fertility, keeps our menstrual cycles healthy and regular and draws us back to nature’s laws. This session will include premenstrual and postmenstrual practices, and will deal with common menstrual problems.
2 – 5pm
Yoga for Menopause and Beyond: Navigating the Midlife Changes.
Just as physical and psychological disturbances occur when menstruation begins, you have to face them again at menopause. Although this is a critical period of adjustment, a balanced practice can transform menopause into a positive and meaningful experience. In this workshop, we adjust Yoga poses to a women’s needs, whether she is approaching menopause, or is in post menopause. The Standing Poses build strength and endurance and give us a good foundation for all of the other poses. Allowing the weight to pass through the bones is essential for skeletal health. These poses build stamina, confidence and robust good health.
Sunday, August 30th
9am – 12noon
Supported Backbends stimulate the adrenal glands and ovaries which helps produce estrogen. They lift mood and help us deal with low energy, and feelings of loneliness, emptiness and depression. In addition, these poses energize the nervous system, boost circulation throughout the body and give us courage.
2 – 5pm
Restorative Poses and Pranayama: We will learn to navigate this transition with the Supine poses, which induce muscular release and reduce tension, Forward Extensions which help us deal with mental lethargy and hot flashes, and Breathing Exercises which calm the nerves, bring emotional balance, and enhance the function of the endocrine system.
Fee: $70 per session. $250 for the whole workshop $225 early bird price – sign up by August 15, 2020.