Cynthia Bates is a seasoned Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) at the Intermediate Junior II level and Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT). Her goal as a teacher is singular, to inspire transformational experiences that lead to positive life change. For Cynthia, injury, illness and trauma can all be used as a skillful means for spiritual practice. She is a devoted student of Manouso Manos, Victoria Austin, B.K.S. Iyengar and the Iyengar family with whom she had the honor of studying with in India in 2010, 2012 and 2014. She furthers her education by assisting Manouso Manos weekly in public classes and participating in specialized yoga therapeutics training. She recently completed the first three year certified Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics program led by Manouso Manos. She is also a student of Tsokyni Rinpoche and Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism.
Public Class Schedule
- Sundays @ 9:00-10:30pm - All Levels Iyengar Yoga Institute of SF
- Sundays @ 10:30-11:45am - Fundamentals Iyengar Yoga Institute of SF
- Sundays @ 6:00-7:30pm - Level 1-2 Abode of Iyengar Yoga
- Wednesdays @ 4-5:30pm Backcare Adeline Yoga Studio
- Thursdays @ 4-5:30pm Women's Essentials Adeline Yoga Studio
- Thursdays @ 5:45-7:15pm Level 2 Adeline Yoga Studio
Yoga for a Healthy Back
Learn how to manage back pain to improve your well-being. Recent studies on Iyengar Yoga have showed the effectiveness of yoga on minimizing, healing and correcting the underlying causes of back pain. These courses will give you exercises you can do to manage pain as well as practices for preventing future pain. Appropriate for people with muscle strain, disc herniation, scoliosis, and both lower and upper back/neck conditions. Space limited.
Yoga for Nourishment & Women's Health
Private Yoga Sessions
- Lower Back issues (including sciatica relief)
- Neck & Shoulder pain
- Knee injuries
- Weight/Metabolic issues
- Deepen Your Home Practice
- Start a Yoga Practice
- Hormonal Imbalances
- 1 hour: $125 (sliding scale available)
Why Iyengar Yoga?
"Iyengar Yoga is firmly grounded in the ancient Indian art of yoga. More than 2,500 years ago, in The Yoga Sutras, Patanjali wrote about Astanga Yoga, the eight- limbed path towards spiritual fulfillment. Iyengar Yoga addresses this journey from a perspective which is practical, experiential and intensely personal.
Yoga is, at its most simple, union -- the union of mind, body and spirit. In Iyengar Yoga, this search for union begins with ongoing practice of the yoga asanas (postures) with a focus on exact alignment. In time students learn to penetrate beyond the outer physical layer to the inner kosas (layers) of mind, energy and spirit.
B.K.S. Iyengar has said that there is no Iyengar Yoga -- only Patanjali's Yoga. It is his unique perspective that the yoga asanas and Pranayamaa (the control of the breath) can be a template to explore, evaluate and experience each of the other limbs The journey begins with the first two limbs of Astanga Yoga, Yama and Niyama, the yogic guidelines for personal and ethical conduct. Asana can even carry us through to the higher limbs of yoga, including Pratyhara (withdrawal of the senses), Dharana (concentration) and Dhyana (meditation), and point the way towards Samadhi, the complete freedom at the end of the yogic journey."
Description courtesy of iynaus.org