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Certified Iyengar instructor Randy Loftis will bring an Iyengar Yoga Workshop to Breathe Yoga & Wellness on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

You may be asking, "what is Iyengar Yoga?" Iyengar (eye-ING-ar) Yoga is based on the teachings of the yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar, author of many books including the classic yoga manual, Light on Yoga. He developed and taught this intense practice and over seventy years of, producing innovations and influencing the the teaching of the art and science of yoga for decades to come.

Originally from Pune, India, B.K.S. Iyengar brought yoga to the west with his pioneering teaching in the 70s, the beginning of today’s explosive growth in yoga. His invention of yoga props -- now commonly used in yoga studios of all styles -- included blankets, belts and other devices, which allow students of all skill levels to work safely in the classical yoga asanas (postures). Mr. Iyengar also revolutionized the therapeutic applications of yoga, gaining recognition for yoga as treatment for serious medical conditions.* 

On Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 2-4pm, Breathe Yoga & Wellness hosts a 2-hour workshop Iyengar Yoga Workshop. Guest teacher and certified Iyengar instructor Randy Loftis, who teaches at The Embodiment Center in Asheville, makes this workshop is appropriate for anyone from beginning practitioner to current yoga teacher looking to take their practice deeper. Cost is $30 for Breathe Monthly Unlimited Members and $35 for non-members. Registration is required; register HERE

Known to many as the original teacher of props-assisted yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar developed what is commonly referred to as a restorative practice, in which straps, blankets, blocks, and chairs support the student in innovative ways so that the poses can be held for optimal amounts of time. It’s common today to see props in a yoga studio, but this was not the always the case. Props give way to a most accessible yoga, and has changed the student experience for so many people whose bodies to not match “traditional” proportions or extreme abilities to strike intensely demanding yoga poses.

Randy's teaching bio is below.

B.K.S Iyengar believes that the body is the doorway into the soul. Through absolute attention to the small actions in the body, one's mind is more easily cleared and the student becomes very present.

“It is through the alignment of the body that I discovered the alignment of my mind, self, and intelligence.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Life

About the teacher:

Randy Loftis is an ardent student, practitioner and certified teacher of Iyengar Yoga.  He is a graduate of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco (IYISF). Living in California allowed him  to take weekly classes with his teachers Kathy Alef and advanced senior teacher Manouso Manos.  Along with the weekly classes he has had the privilege to attend workshops with renowned teachers from around the world.  His teaching experience includes teaching weekly classes at IYISF as well as workshops around the region.  Randy has also been blessed to have studied with the Iyengar family both here in the U.S. and in India.  Most recently he spent the month of July in Pune, India studying with the Iyengar family.

Beyond the teaching, practice, and study Randy is dedicated to the Iyengar Yoga Community.  He served on the board of directors at IYISF and the Iyengar Yoga Association of Northern California.  He served as board president for these organizations. Randy recently moved back to North Carolina with his wife Greta Kent-Stoll, an Ayurvedic practitioner. He has moved here to pursue his career in teaching Iyengar Yoga in Western North Carolina.  Randy strives to share with you the amazing practice of Iyengar Yoga that his teachers have shared with him.  He looks forward to seeing you in class.

*sources: Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles, Iyengar Yoga Natl Association of the U.S.

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