Suzanne: First studied yoga with Swami Saraswati 1971. Teacher trained in Satyananda Yoga 1984. Qualified Iyengar Yoga teacher 1996. Travelled to India to study with the Iyengars 8 times since 1999. December 2018 was privileged to be in the last classes taught by Geetaji. ‘I attended the Yoga therapy sessions taken by Guruji & Geetaji & Abijhata. I was often an observer, taking notes & drawing the various adaptions of classic yoga asana for people with specific needs. Occasionally I was asked to assist in the classes. It was a great privilege to be so close to Guruji to see the master in action. During my years of study I have since assisted my senior teacher Kay Parry in her Yoga Therapy classes at BKSIYIBJ & been in a close group with Geetaji as she has taught therapy for specific times in a woman’s life”.
Gretchen: ‘I have been practicing Iyengar yoga for 20 years and teaching for 13. I am a keen follower of the New York teacher Carrie Owerko and bring a lot of her innovative methods into my classes. I teach classes all over the Mid North Coast and after a recent brush with breast cancer pay particular attention to breast care, women’s health and hormonal balance.’
East Coast Yoga runs annual Yoga retreats in Fiji.
Balance challenge. Using chairs to move toward difficult balances including bird poses, standing balances and to finesse your headstand and shoulderstand practice.
Physical Intensity: High
For our professional development in the areas of working with older people and also modifying postures to suit different body shapes, limitations, injuries we will show how to adapt poses using chairs. We will take a standing pose, a supine pose, an inversion, forward bend, twist, backbend and Savasana. This will be an interactive session between teacher, practitioners and observers, discussion will be encouraged.