Karen Allgire, MFA, RYT, CIYT, is an Intermediate Junior III Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. She has been teaching yoga since 1998 and has made four trips to India to study at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute.
Karen’s teaching and practice have been profoundly influenced by Mary Dunn, and she continues to study with Dean and Rebecca Lerner and other senior Iyengar teachers including Laurie Blakeney and Manouso Manos. Karen is a Certified Yoga for Scoliosis Trainer under the tutelage of senior Iyengar teacher Elise Miller. Study of Sanskrit and chanting with Leslie Freyberg have been a special area of engagement and enjoyment.
Karen specializes in blending anatomy, imagery and philosophy to nurture transformation in our yogic practices and our lives.
Full Workshop $200
Friday, July 7
Freeing the Lower Back
Iyengar Yoga offers numerous adapted asana techniques to bring balance and freedom to the lower back. Learn to maintain a healthy back through relaxation and a balance of strength and mobility.
Saturday, July 8
Moving Through the Kosas
The kosas, or sheaths, provide a model for viewing our experience, facilitating the journey inward. We will use discussion, asana, pranayama, and chanting to deepen our understanding of the various layers of our being, penetrating from body, to breath, to mind and beyond. We will look at the correspondences between the sheaths, the five elements and the five sensory organs.
Earth, Water, Fire
In the morning session we will focus on the first three sheaths: the anatomical layer, the physiological layer, and the mental/emotional layer. We will use a variety of postures including standing poses, inversions, and backbends, to explore the first three sheaths.
The afternoon session will take us into the subtleties of the intellectual/intuitive sheath and the blissful sheath of the soul. We will explore twists, forward extensions, reclining postures, pranayama and chanting to experience these deeper layers of ourselves. This class will include a review of the kosas and their various corresponding principles.
Sunday, July 9
Twists and Backbends: The Art of a Lively Spine
Twists and backbends assist and support each other by creating mobility and freedom in the spine and rib cage. Learn to create space between the vertebrae in these poses to bring freedom of movement based in stability.