In Honor of Mr. Iyengar
As some of you may already know, BKS Iyengar left the physical body on the 20th of August in India. Mr. Iyengar was one of the most influential yogis of all time, and is personally responsible for what most of us view as proper alignment in the physical practice of yoga. He wrote countless books, and dedicated his entire life to further understanding the human body and how yoga can cure its many ills. He also wrote in great detail about some of yoga’s more subtle and abstract philosophies. His book Light on Life is a work of prose that reads like a beautiful poem.
“Live before you die, so that death is also a lively celebration.”
-Guruji, B.K.S. Iyengar (from Light on Life)
I have had the good fortune to meet and study with many Iyengar Yoga teachers. I always leave the room feeling better than when I arrived, and having achieved something in my practice of which I would not have thought myself capable. In January 2012, I spent the better part of a month in Pune, India, thanks to the support and recommendation of my good friend and mentor, Joan White. It was one of the most evolutionary experiences of my life.
Mr Iyengar invented the concept of using props in yoga, and were it not for him, I would never have been led to develop the Egg. So, the fact that I’m writing to you now is directly attributable to his influence. Such is the work of a truly great teacher.
My gratitude goes out to Mr. Iyengar for a life of dedication and integrity, to all who continue the work he began, and to all of you who have become pillars of support as I live my dharma through what has become my yoga.
Joan White is certified by BKS Iyengar at the Advanced level and has been studying with the Iyengar family since 1973. To learn more about Joan or to see her full teaching schedule visit joanwhiteyoga.com.
If you’d like to read my blog series, which chronicles my trip to India in 2012, it can be found here on the 3ME blog under A Yogi Abroad.
After years of patience, some begging, and numerous customer requests, I am excited at last to announce the release of the Junior Egg! Juniors have the same shape as our Classic Namastegg, but they’re a couple of inches smaller.
Why 2 sizes of Eggs?
When I made my first Eggs out of wood there were actually 2 sizes. One was just a bit smaller than the other and both had their advantages. The Namastegg provided a really expansive heart opening, but on mornings where I just didn’t have that much backbend in me, I’d lay over the slightly smaller Junior Eggs instead. I wanted to bring them both out right away, but my trusted advisors wouldn’t let me. There were right. Now, however the Junior Egg’s time has come!
Who should have Junior Eggs and why?
Well, obviously I’m going to say ‘everybody,’ but I will narrow it down a little for you. Junior Eggs are perfect for young people, old people, less flexible people, vertically-challenged people… and almost anyone using Eggs for Viparita Karani (Legs Up the Wall). I am particularly excited because Junior Eggs are so great for kids. Yoga is being taught in many schools now. I even witnessed a game recently of Red Light, Green Light that somehow involved Down Dog, Tree Pose and a Seated Forward Fold. As Juniors are a little lighter, a little smaller, and a bit more manageable for young hands, yoga kids will feel totally empowered having Eggs that fit their growing bodies! Teachers will love the Juniors because they’ll offer kids a point of focus for their practice. Getting a room full of kids to sit still is tough. Getting them to sit on Eggs is easy!
How are they used?
I would say that apart from kids or people with small hands using them for everything, grown-ups will particularly like them for their therapeutic and restorative values. Eggs fit in places most other props can’t, and Junior Eggs fit those places even better. Therapeutic yoga teachers will appreciate being able to better moderate the support they give their clients, and their clients will benefit greatly from these subtle adjustments.
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“Jason’s workshops changed the way
I use props when I teach.”
As a Purna Yoga instructor, I have an abiding love for props. They can make poses more accessible either by filling in space or acting as extensors, or they can help practitioners understand action in a pose by providing contact sensation to give direction. And while the Three Minute Egg® seemed like a nice enough prop to backbend over, I didn’t understand the range of its applications until attending a workshop with Jason Scholder. Put simply, Jason Scholder’s Three Minute Egg® workshops changed the way I use props when I teach. As a result, my students are learning more, reconnecting with beginner’s mind in the process, and making new discoveries in their practices. Previously I saw the Egg as just another prop in the arsenal, but now it has become the first tool I reach for.
As the adage goes, necessity is the mother of invention. This seems especially true of Jason Scholder and his creation of the Three Minute Egg® as a prop to relieve chronic back pain. For some, this would be the end of the story. Jason creates a prop, uses it to treat his back pain, and a new prop joins the pantheon of yoga props suited for therapeutic purposes. [...] more
Here at Team 3ME, we’re not afraid to walk the line, right near the edge. Maybe we should be! But, we’re not. So in the spirit of being fearless, we bring you…
The Top 8 Reasons Dads Love the Three Minute Egg®
8. Eggs make great conversation starters when wooing single yoginis.
7. In a pinch, Eggs can make a pretty good football.
6. Eggs are easy to clean. So, go ahead and have those pre-yoga hot wings. Soap and water will take care of the rest!
5. Eggs come in bro-friendly colors like Charcoal, Slate and Desert Sky so you don’t need to pretend to be borrowing your girlfriend’s pastel yoga blocks when you go to class. [...] more
Our good friend and yoga therapist, Jules Mitchell, is teaching a workshop for Healthy Knees & Hips on July 13 and she’ll be using Eggs! If you are in the Los Angeles, CA area, definitely check out this workshop. We can all benefit from this information and Jules’ experience in biomechanics.
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