Friday morning classes at the Dance Palace Community Center, Main Space, in Point Reyes Station.
Mixed Level: 9AM until 10:30
Gentle Yoga: 10:45 until noon

Elizabeth also offers private sessions. Work within your home space. Incorporate yoga into your daily activities.

Yoga with Elizabeth Barnet

Elizabeth has been teaching yoga in Marin County and beyond since 1992. She apprenticed with Judith Lasater at the Iyengar Yoga Institute, studied with Donald Moyer and others at the Yoga Room in Berkeley, and continues her studies with Ramanand Patel and others. Her yoga background is rooted in the Iyengar tradition but also influenced by Desikachar, flow yoga, and her dance background. Her gentle, thorough, and attentive observations and articulations support each student's individual needs and differences.

Elizabeth is a graduate of St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a great books program. This classical education supports her life and thinking.

Elizabeth was born in Zambia and grew up in many parts of the US including Boulder, Chicago, and Boston. Elizabeth is the mother of three. (She taught through all of her pregnancies.)

She is a home school teacher. She and her husband, artist Rufus Blunk (, met in the Nicaraguan countryside in 1986 while volunteering on a housebuilding and water system project.

Elizabeth is also the co-director of West Marin Commons,, a community organization.

Fees for classes and private sessions

Classes at the Dance Palace
$16 drop in
$70 for five classes (non-consecutive)
Scholarships and trades available

Private and small group classes can be arranged.
Rate is $80/hour.
There is an additional fee for home visits outside of Inverness/Point Reyes Station.

Trades and scholarships are available.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Fundamental Positions

When I teach yoga, I often move outward from the basics through a series of fundamental positions.

Fundamental positions can include:

*On your back (bend your knees if your back is uncomfortable)
*On your hands and knees (if you can be on your knees)
*Standing on two feet (Tadasana or Mountain Pose)
*Seated (either on a chair or on a folded blanket)

Depending on your abilities, you can work from just one of those positions for a whole practice session.

To be continued.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Tea yoga

Wake up. Drink a glass of water. Start to heat water for tea.

Everyone's kitchen is different but usually there is a counter or a chair nearby. In my kitchen, I look out the window at the garden while my water heats. I stand with my legs extended, heals under hips, interlocking fingers, turn palms toward the ceiling and stretch arms overhead.

Balance. Hold onto the counter if you need to. Practice balancing on one leg. Draw the other leg (the thigh, knee bends) toward your chest. Stay there as you breathe. Transfer weight to both feet on ground. Stretch arms up with fingers interlocked - the other interlock. Other side. Back to two feet.

Water hot? Add tea.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Heels pressing into wall - Dandasana

Heels pressing into wall. Soles of feet broad. Toes reaching.
Legs straight.
Sit bones drawing away from wall. (Place a folded blanket under the sit bones if needed.)
Head of femur (thigh) bones drawing down. (Place sand bag there if available.)
Quadriceps engaged.
Spine extends.

Your head: Let Atlas hold atlas

Atlas holds up the earth.
And all day you hold up your head.
Let Atlas, the earth, hold your head.

Lie on your back. A blanket neatly folded to support the curve of your neck and the weight of your head. Knees bent or straight, whichever is more comfortable. Arms outstretched from the center of your chest. Palms up. Shoulder blades rest behind your back ribs. Release jaw. Breathe.

Find center with your head. Align your nose with your spine. Breathe in. As you breathe out, allow your head to turn to the side. Breathe in. Back to center. Breathe out. Turn your head to the other side.

The hardest part is letting the earth hold your head as you passively allow your head to roll to each side, coordinating your breath with the movement. The movement slows as the breath lengthens as the upper body warms up.