Iyengar yoga with Rain
More about Rain
Rain is an experienced international yoga teacher offering classes, workshops, teacher trainings and retreats to students of all levels.
She is a certified Iyengar, classical Hatha, and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga teacher.
Her expanded world view has been significantly influenced by deep dives into:
- decades of intense yoga study in India
- international teaching
- living in Asia for 20 years
- studies in existential psychology and philosophy – she is a registered Logotherapist (Viktor Frankl’s theory and therapy)
- making art
For Rain yoga is a gift, privilege and a celebration of life itself. Before being invited to offer workshops and teacher trainings in Shanghai 20-something years ago she taught extensively in the United States, Hong Kong, Europe and South Africa.
She initially certified in southern India as a traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher and, later, approaching her middle years, switched to classical Hatha yoga. Along that path providence struck, as it does, and she suddenly found herself in a life-changing private audience with B.K.S Iyengar at his Institute in Pune. After that talk she studied with him right up until he died in 2014.
Pics of students busy in class… before Covid…
About the Iyengar Method of yoga
Iyengar yoga is classical Hatha yoga with a detailed focus on aligning and integrating the whole being. Teachers are highly trained over years and years in all aspects of the subject.
In class students use a variety props – chairs, ropes, bolsters, and blocks – to enhance learning and to fully experience the benefits of a regular practice.
Intelligent combinations of technique, sequencing and timing makes this practice unique and powerful for everyone to progress safely.
Rain’s tips to assist your yoga journey
- Be discerning when choosing a teacher. Good teachers invite students to cultivate a life of growth and possibility, not fear and familiarity.
- Take regular quiet time to collect your scattered self.
- If we don’t continue to develop ourselves then we must endure persistent restlessness.
- We can’t hide: yoga quickly draws our habits, ignorance and imperfections to the surface for reflection. It’s a good thing.
- Be sure to create a steady foundation so that your new awareness doesn’t overwhelm you.
- Yoga is not, and should not, be about the teacher, even if the level of tuition you receive is high. Teacher cannot progress you, it is only your personal commitment to your own practice that will advance your development.
- No yoga school or tradition can ever be all of yoga. Mind you don’t get stuck…
- Rigidly sticking to outdated methods or techniques denies you access to current knowledge, it will stunt your growth.
- When you practice, try do so from your quietest place.
- There are no short cuts to learning yoga.
- If there is no suitable teacher to teach you then teach yourself
- Practice alone more – no audience, no distractions.
- Keep upgrading yourself.
- Walk forward, even if yourself alone in your pursuit.
- Good teachers are rare. If you happen to meet one who lights a fire in you, protect the gift.
- See the 109 facebook page for other tips and insights