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BIOGRAPHY: I became involved in meditation and mystical studies, at an early age. The passion of my mystical quest, drove me to study and investigate many paths. In 1984, I began my practice of Iyengar yoga and started teaching in 1985. Having trained with some of the finest senior teachers, I completed my courses at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of S.F. and was certified in 1990. Ruth Fisk and I , co-founded Yoga Center Santa Cruz, in 1986. I was strongly influenced by Zen Buddhism, Taoism and Vedanta. My studies led me into several martial arts systems; Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, Kung Fu and Tai Chi. I was most fascinated by the internal energy development in these systems. So , I studied chi gong and began applying it in my asana. Having trained some in Chinese medicine, I knew about the meridians or nadiis, as the subtle channels of the body. Practicing asana was like giving myself acupuncture every class. Asana led me to study Ayurveda: Indian medicine. I learned to read people’s body types, or doshas. The concept of the body being fields of energy, was also an important teaching. In this way, I can read people’s blocked channels and misaligned vayuus (fields of energy) and give them the opening, through asana.
Notes for People Attending Juliet’s Sessions
For Pranayama class, you will need three firm blankets or two bolsters, two blocks, strap and folding chair . The folding chair , if you have it, will be a handy tool. If you have wall space, that will be wonderful.
List of Juliet’s Sessions
Opening the stomach meridian/balancing kapha dosha
[A] On The Mat / Asana Class
Beginning / Intermediate
.January is Kapha season in North America. Kapha is the element of earth, combined with water. When our kapha dosha is out of balance, earth/ water becomes mud, or tamas.
Kapha dosha rules the stomach/spleen, in Ayurveda (Indian medicine).
All of life slows down in the winter and water freezes. Rain turns the earth to mud.
This asana class will focus on opening our stomach meridian, thawing the buildup from the winter.
You will need two blocks, a strap, two blankets and a folding chair is wonderful to have on hand. This class is for students with a firm Iyengar foundation and ready to deepen their awareness. It is not an athletic practice, it is for those desiring to embody more of their subtle forms.
Working with Apana vayu in Pranayama
[B] Breath and Energy Work
This class is a breathing class , plus restorative poses. People with some time in asana practice and have practiced some pranayama will benefit most. You will still benefit as someone who has done little pranayama, but you should have some time in asana under your belt. We will explore the apana vayu releasing, to enhance our breathing volume.
For Pranayama class, have at least three firm blankets , a bolster if you have one, two blocks , and a strap. Many people have folding chairs for zoom classes these days, so if you have one , keep it handy.
Wall space is another wonderful prop , if you have it.