While we are firm believers that we do not endorse and political cause, or point of view in class, and while we are committed that Living Tradition Yoga be a welcoming space for all, regardless of political views, racial background, ethnic identity, gender, and political and religious affiliation, we feel we must share this news: Andy Levin, a long-time student at Living Tradition Yoga, is running to represent Michigan’s 9th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives! We are very excited for this news and wish to support Andy on his road to victory in this election. Therefore, we are sharing this email, in which Andy shares his vision, his passion, and his commitment to service. Thank you for taking this bold step, Andy! The Living Tradition Yoga community is behind you 100%!
The end of 2017 is a turning point in my life. When Donald Trump won the Electoral College and was declared our next president in November 2016, I decided I needed to return to public service.
And what has happened over the past year has confirmed that feeling…
And last but not least, passage of a tax bill that will give the vast majority of benefits to the very wealthiest Americans, despite the fact that they have received virtually all the benefits of economic growth for the last 40 years. Even before this tax bill, the top 1 percent of Americans already control almost twice as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent.
Here’s my New Year’s resolution. I’m running for Congress in Michigan’s 9th District and I’m going to devote my life to playing whatever part I can in utterly transforming American politics.
We need to focus on economic justice for all. America needs to lead the transition to a sustainable economy, not drag it down.
We need good jobs for everyone, not low unemployment based on people running around working multiple jobs for poverty wages. Working people need bargaining power and a voice in our nation’s affairs.
Our life expectancy is near the bottom of advanced nations, despite the fact that we spend two or even three times as much on health care. Enough! We need universal health care with lower costs and better outcomes.
Rather than building walls, banning Muslims, and belittling people who may be different than us, let us proclaim as a matter of basic morality that we will protect and respect the human rights of all people, regardless of religion, race, gender, orientation, identity or other differences. In fact, let us celebrate our differences as the very source of wonder and beauty in the world.
This is very personal for me, so I want to ask you, personally, to help launch this new phase in my life. A big part of the change I want to help bring involves changing how our political system operates. We need to change how we finance campaigns and get the dark money out of politics.
One big way to do that is for regular people – all of us! – to donate to candidates who can help drive the change we need. I want to ask everyone who shares my vision and believes in me to contribute to my campaign. Right now. We need to show as big a groundswell as possible before midnight on New Year’s Eve, which is our first reporting period for contributions.
I will never forget this moment. I am so grateful for your support.
Andy Levin for Congress
P.O. Box 380381
Clinton Township MI 48038 United States
Dear LTY Community,
I feel a little uncomfortable doing this, but I feel I must share this with you. On August 26, I successfully completed the assessment process administered by the national Iyengar Yoga association (or IYNAUS) and received my “Intermediate, Junior III” Iyengar Yoga Teacher certification. Those of you who have been in class (both recently and over the last decade or so) were already aware that I have been engaged in this endeavor. In many ways, this certification represents more the beginning than the end of something (which I expect to occupy the rest of my lifetime), especially seeing that there are nine higher levels of certification!
So, why am I telling you this? Of course I am very happy to have passed. I’m probably bragging a little bit (hence the discomfort). This has also been a big deal in my life! To be completely honest though, I feel lucky to have this certification. It wasn’t my best teaching. I was very nervous (much as I have been the previous four assessments), and I made several mistakes (much like I did in the previous four assessments). In truth, I think the assessors went pretty easy on me, but then again, I can be pretty hard on myself. At any rate, here I am and they said I passed, and I believe them and I know certifications aren’t granted willy-nilly . . . so I am grateful.
I guess I’m telling you this because I hope in some way it will compel you to come to class and learn this incredible practice of Iyengar Yoga with me. I’m telling you this because the process of studying, preparing for “IYNAUS Assessment,” and going through the certification process has, I feel, impacted (and humbled!) me deeply, especially as a yoga student. I want to tell you all about the process and the numerous tests and the time (and money) I have invested in my studies. I guess I just did. My hope is that telling you this will foster your belief that I might have something to offer you, your practice of yoga. My hope is that you might be compelled to seek–not me necessarily, not my teaching, but rather what has been wrought in me by this process. My hope is that you might see the possibility that what you are seeking for yourself might abide in the teachings and knowledge I have been fortunate to imbibe via this immersion in the study of the teachings of one of the greatest yoga practitioners and teachers (in my opinion) of our modern age, B.K.S. Iyengar. Ultimately, I guess I just want you to know I have done my homework (believe me). I may not be the most apt pupil, but I feel I have been persistent and devoted. I have done my homework and I think it will work for you. I am excited for it, in fact.
Finally, some thank you’s are in order. To my regular students, and especially to my wife and son who have spent a fair amount of time without me: I thank you for being there. Without your support and patience, I would not have had a chance to learn and grow, and this never would have happened. Thank you to Tracy, Lucas, Stacey, Nancy, Kim, Jan, Michelle, Jim, Chris, Alessandra, Marla, Tresa, Andrea, Heather, Issy, Kate, Hillary, Michael, Andi, Felicia, Anne and the many others who volunteered for the mocks, loaned a video camera, showed up at the last minute for impromptu lessons, filmings, meetings, tech support, etc. Thank you!
To the students that have yet to come to class, or that I haven’t seen in a while: I’ve been thinking about you. I’ve been getting ready. I’ve been setting the table. I know for certain Iyengar Yoga is a feast. I invite you to it and assure that if you should find any shortcomings in the offering, those are mine alone and, God willing, will be addressed in good time.
Oh, and if you are interested in what it actually means to be a C.I.Y.T. (Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher), Intermediate Junior III, here are some details: First from the IYNAUS 2017 Teacher Certification and Education Manual, “Teachers certified by IYNAUS are educated and experienced in the method of yoga set forth by B.K.S. Iyengar. They have passed a thorough standardized assessment and maintain ongoing education, practice, and commitment to the Iyengar method. In order to be granted a certification credential, teachers must pass an assessment of standards in three categories: a demonstrated practice of asanas and pranayamas, a written exam, and demonstrated teaching skills [for each level of certification they are assessed for.]”
For further information about Iyengar Yoga teacher assessment, please follow this link: IYNAUS assessment
For further information about the various certification levels and their requirements, please follow this link: Certification Levels
For information about the ethical guidelines I and other Iyengar Yoga teachers agree to follow, please follow this link: Ethical Guidelines.
Here is the message from R.I.M.Y.I.: “We have received requests from various associations and teachers for a sequence of practice for the third International Day of Yoga. If our large Iyengar Yoga family across continents would practice the same sequence, then it would be our small tribute to Guruji.
Whenever we talk about ‘Iyengar Yoga,’ we talk about precision and alignment. We insist that if the legs and arms are to be straight in any asana, then the teachers insist on the straightness. “Keep the knees firm and tight. Lock the elbows. Make the legs poker stiff” are the instructions that we often give and hear. It is this sharpness in the asanas in Light on Yoga that has attracted millions. It is the sharpness in the presentation by Guruji that has inspired generations of yoga sadhakas (practitioners).
Why this insistence on straightness and sharpness? Is it merely for the aesthetic appeal? Guruji has said, “crooked body crooked mind.” When the body is straight and aligned, then the intelligence flows. If there are dents and bends, then the intelligence does not flow. When the intelligence does not flow, there is no awareness. There is stagnation; the asana becomes lifeless. And, if so, how can it be healthy? Guruji has often given us the analogy of the flowing river where there is constant freshness from moment to moment.
So, on this International Day of Yoga, we would be doing the asanas that remind us of this legacy, this tradition of our beloved and revered Guruji.”
Virabhadrasana I to Virabhadrasana III
Upavistha Konasana in Sirsasana or Eka Pada Sirsasana
Adho Mukha Svanasana
Urdhva Mukha Svanasana
Urdhva Prasarita Padasana
Parsva Supta Padanguhthasana
Parivrtta Supta Padangusthasana
Parsva Upavistha Konasana
Eka Pada Sarvangasana
Viloma 1 and 2 Pranayama
For those who would like to print or share the sequence online, here is a link:https://vr2.verticalresponse.com/emails/18691697739115?sk=akYMB2JgRjBLWd0xRAO4F5AtIH9EkkEMkhgsmGIn3JGk=/aHR0cDovL3ZyMi52ZXJ0aWNhbHJlc3BvbnNlLmNvbS9lbWFpbHMvMTg2OTE2OTc3MzkxMTU=/2ZnXvwGLcSRSmeX9vjupQw==