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I have been a student of Iyengar Yoga since the early 1980’s and have been a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher for nearly 40 years. My path towards wholeness began with a dance injury and the discovery of Iyengar Yoga. Guruji Iyengar’s Yoga created a pathway to a lifelong journey of self-discovery and a career filled with service and heart centered work. I have dedicated my life to the study, teaching, and support of others in their endeavors toward wellness through the faithful, methodical, and integrative communication of my direct studies with the Iyengar family as well as the greatest Iyengar teachers known in the tradition. Jehangir Palkhivala, who grew up in the presence of Guruji Iyengar, guides my spiritual practice, study, and application of the ancient text of the Upanishads and I traveled yearly since 2007 to India to be with him and learn.>I am spirited and passionate in my delivery of this ancient art and science of Yoga and I have always been dedicated to the teaching of Yoga in Traditional and kind way, with abundant humor and self-reflection. I have studied in Pune India with the Iyengar family and of late been afforded the remarkable opportunity to concentrate my study with Abijata and Prashantji Iyengar in their virtual class offerings since 2020 and most recently returned from the uplifting experience of Yoganusasanam in India with Abijata and Prashantiji and 100’s of students from all over the world after several years of hiatus due to the pandemic.
I am a graduate of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco in 1987, I am the original founder of Yoga Center Santa Cruz in California with Juliet Heizman in 1986, and opened the Center for Yoga, Movement & Massage 27 years ago in East Lansing, Michigan which provides a range of Yoga and Holistic modalities. Generous by nature, I provide opportunities to grow micro-business under the umbrella of Center for Yoga and we provide an environment that is safe and caring with the intention to help our community members grow and transform through Yoga and self-care.
I host retreats, I offer a one-year study program now and then (Anandaly for Yoga Study) for students and emerging teachers who are interested in deepening their understanding of Yoga and explore the idea of teaching. Teaching, supporting, sharing my deep abiding love of Yoga brings me such happiness it is difficult to express in words. To be able to give back one fraction of the priceless gift my teachers have shared with me inspires me and humbles every day.
List of Ruth’s Sessions
Sat Brahma Middling
Guruji taught us that to experience Meditation one needs to first experience relaxation of the Body. When we take on simple support in our Asana practice we can invoke the response of relaxation of the body, which in turn lets our Mind relax. This exploration into relaxation of the Body and Mind expands our capacity to feel the breath and the vastness within. In this class we will use simple support of a chair and bolsters to practice our Asanas. Though we will be using support in this practice, we will be active and intentional in our movement.
Props needed are a chair, a blanket or two, a strap and if possible a bolster.
Sat Visnu Intense
There are unending rivers of beautiful nuances in the practice of forward extensions that aid the flow of energy into the central channel. This movement of Prana into the Susumna unblocks tension and releases the fatigue we can store deep within. In these Asanas we get a glimpse into our relationship with strength, will and surrender and we can reflect on our Nature and what our Mind does with the intensity of feelings that can arise in us.
It is recommended that to attend this class you are familiar with Forward extensions of all kinds and do not have a disc, or back injury that is active.