B.K.S. Iyengar Birthday Celebration
Jewel Yoga will host a celebration of the centennial of our teacher B.K.S. Iyengar’s birth on Sunday, Dec. 16.
There will be a free class taught by multiple teachers from 2 – 3:30, followed by refreshments and community with your fellow yoga students. Come for the class, the community gathering, or hopefully both! This is a free event, but online registration is encouraged. Open to all levels.
Candlelight Restorative Workshops
Monday, December 17
Tuesday, December 18
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Take a break in the midst of your busy holiday season to experience deep rest and relaxation. At this time of the Winter Solstice, allow yourself to rediscover a state of calm vitality within.
Julie’s annual Candlelight Restorative Workshop offers you the opportunity to give back to yourself and in doing so, to reestablish an expansive and generous place from which to give to others.
Target Class: Aim For a Challenging Pose
January 25, February 22, March 29
4:00 – 6:00 pm
$60 for all 3 classes
Prepare yourself physically and mentally to learn more advanced asanas. We will explore, in depth, an advanced asana by looking at how the elements of familiar poses can take you beyond the outward appearance toward a challenging target. From this understanding, learn how to work toward unfamiliar poses with greater confidence.
Open to experienced Level 2 students and above.
Iyengar Yoga Studies
January 26, February 23, March 30
1:00 – 3:00 pm
This ongoing program is for serious students with an interest in developing a better understanding of Iyengar Yoga. Bring greater depth and breadth to your yoga practice by studying all eight limbs of yoga—not just asana. Meeting twice quarterly, we’ll discuss key concepts from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita with an emphasis on how these ideas are relevant to the practice of asana. Topics and readings will be assigned beforehand to help enrich our discussions.
Iyengar Yoga Studies is offered each quarter throughout the year. Students may join at the beginning of any quarter. For greater continuity and to enhance the learning process and community development, students are encouraged to participate on an ongoing basis.
Women’s Health : Exploring Stress Through Extensions
Sunday, March 3
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Women juggle many roles throughout the day, which can lead to stress. Stress can be helpful when it gives us energy and makes us more alert; but when it becomes chronic, more serious health conditions can develop.
Back extensions in our yoga practice challenge our body. They help us open the hips, shoulders, and chest, where tension hides. They increase our power in the arm, leg, and back muscles, as well as increase mobility and mindfulness in the spine.
Backbends, like stress, activate the sympathetic nervous system. The rise in adrenaline and cortisol cause our heart rate and blood pressure to increase; this heightens our awareness and creates opening. Sometimes when we practice extending back these feelings cause us to come out of the pose quickly in order to try to calm our body down. Back extensions put us in a position of vulnerability.
In this workshop, we will explore our response to stress using the back extending asanas. As we practice moving in backbending poses we learn new ways of processing our emotions and response to stress. We discover options when we are open and receptive.
Restorative Yoga with Cello
Julie Lawrence with Michal Palzewicz
Sunday, March 17
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Join us for a nourishing and meditative journey through sound and restorative asana. Discover how these art forms are mutually enhancing. This yoga class, fused with an intimate music concert, is designed to nurture the experience of finding relaxation, peace and connection to your inner source of energy, inspiration and intuition. This event is open to all; no previous yoga experience required.
MICHAL PALZEWICZ has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe, both as a soloist and ensemble player. He has performed to great acclaim at prestigious venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in NYC and Wigmore Hall in England. Michal is also certified Iyengar Yoga teacher.
Iyengar Yoga for the Knees
Saturday, March 23
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
One year ago, doctors diagnosed me with a torn meniscus. My range of motion was limited and
I was in a lot of pain. The doctors recommended surgery, although they reported that the
outcome was not definitive and that they could not guarantee a full recovery.
Once again, Iyengar yoga and its amazing power of healing provided me with the tools to
overcome discomfort and pain, improve my range of motion and most importantly, I was able to
return to my personal and my teaching practices.
I want to share my experience with you. Join me on this workshop and learn the application of
Iyengar yoga in the complementary treatment of knee pain.
Space is limited to 15 participants because I am going to utilize the knee rods, a prop designed
by BKS to facilitate healing, create space and reduce inflammation on the ligaments of the knee.