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July 2022: Guru Purnima & the Full Moon in July

Lois Steinberg in Kapotasana

Guru Purnima & the Full Moon in July: Clips with Abhijata Iyengar. New Live Yoga Class! FREE Introduction to Iyengar Yoga Class Series! Introduction to Asana with Lois Steinberg and Beginning Yoga with Erich Schiffmann!

The full moon in July is known as Guru Purnima and is the time when we honor our gurus. A guru can take many forms and translates as the one who brings us from the dark to the light. We think of our yoga teachers, who through asana and pranayama practice, as well as guiding us on the eight-limbed path of ashtanga yoga, help us to remove the veil of ignorance, heralding the dawn of wisdom (Iyengar, 2002). 

I am so grateful to have spend the week with two of my teachers. John Schumacher, with whom I have studied closely over the past decade. We started working together when he began distributing his classes on iHanuman. Shortly thereafter, I began driving to Bethesda, Maryland to apprentice with him as I began my training as an Iyengar Yoga Teacher. After many years of driving back and forth to Maryland, the pandemic hit and I was able to continue my studies with him live online! There have been some silver linings of the pandemic and I am so grateful to have my community during this time.

This week I was also fortunate enough to be with another one of my teachers, Abhijata Iyengar, who also due to the pandemic, I have been able to study with many times. It also happens to be her birthday this weekend so we created a couple of short clips from the recent workshop with Abhijata. We hope you will enjoy them!

We hope you will share some of your own experiences with your gurus with us on iHanuman. We love to hear from you. 

With love and compassion,

Sara Agelasto


Abhijata Iyengar Towards Peace & Recovery: Abhijata Iyengar teaches annual classes for many of the Iyengar yoga associations around the world. During her summer sadhana with the Iyengar Yoga Association of the United States, Towards Recovery and Peace, Abhijata emphasized many ways in which to practice, depending on how you are existing from a biopsychosocial perspective. In this clip she answers a question about whether to have the eyes open or closed in a particular posture. Enjoy this clip on our YouTube Channel.

Lois Steinberg, PhD Demonstrates Viparita Karani in Sirsasana: Advanced Iyengar Yoga Teacher, Lois Steinberg, demonstrates Viparita Karani in Sirsasana as instructed by Abhijata Iyengar during her workshop, Towards Recovery & Peace. Abhijata shares a little known fact about this pose that we hope you will find interesting as we contemplate our Gurus. Enjoy this Clip Now. Enjoy more clips on our YouTube Channel and Download More classes in Our Store!

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Introduction to Asana with Lois Steinberg, PhDThis class covers the basic principles and foundational postures of Iyengar Yoga and is recommended for students who: are new to yoga, returning after some time away, and coming from other traditions/styles of yoga practice.  This audio download includes Lois' entire Introductory Session of Classes! Lois has hundreds of beginner, intermediate and advanced classes available on iHanuman. Listen to Samples and Download one of Lois' excellent classes and Try Lois' Introduction to Asana today!

Beginning Yoga with Erich Schiffmann: The beginning is the best place to start, or return to, when practicing yoga. Master yoga teacher, Erich Schiffmann, guides you in this practice designed for beginners and anyone who desires a gentle, well-rounded class. Watch a Sample and Download Beginning Yoga Now!

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