Workshops & Events

CFIY monthly Sat-Sanga:

Saturday 21 September 2019

Saturday 26 October 2019

Saturday 16 November 2019

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Participate in an ancient yoga tradition. Study yogic texts, come to know yourself, and enjoy the company of fellow truth-seekers each month.

There is no fee to attend. Those who wish to may make a donation to the Center at their discretion.

The Center for Iyengar Yoga and Citizen Yoga Royal Oak

are pleased to present the award winning documentary film:

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Wednesday 21 August 2019, 7:30 p.m.

At the Main Art Theatre

Royal Oak, MI

IYENGAR: the man, yoga, and the student’s journey is a feature about BKS Iyengar’s practice, life and influence by award winning director Jake Clennell. With intimate access to Iyengar's personal yoga practice, the film also explores how his students have used yoga to support their activities running an orphanage, and addiction center.

Where does yoga intersect with murder? Child prostitution? Alcoholism, blindness and debilitating illness? Built around compelling and unique verité footage of one of the world’s most influential spiritual leaders of the modern era, IYENGAR is both an intimate look at B.K.S. Iyengar's personal yoga practice, and an exploration of how his students—an orphan, a priest, a murderer—use yoga to transform their lives.

Filmmaker Jake Clennell brings a scrupulously nonjudgmental eye to yoga and rarely seen aspects of life in India.

For yogis and spiritual enthusiasts alike, this film is sure to inspire your quest. Join the Center for Iyengar Yoga community for this special evening of yoga, reflection, and artful cinema.

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Saturday, 13 July 2019

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Comerica Diversity Stage, Rivera Court

Detroit Institute of Arts

Join Chris Briney and the C.F.I.Y. community for a historic Iyengar Yoga class in the D.I.A.'s awe-inspiring Rivera Court as part of the 2019 Concert of Colors. In honor of the event, Chris will be teaching a class entitled: "The Body as an Instrument.” The class will explore the potential that the body, our first instrument, has to evoke transcendent states of being. We will do this by learning techniques to "play" it with the care and skill that transforms the practice of seemingly physical yoga postures into transformative works of art! The class is free and open to students of all levels. Arrive early as space will be limited. For more information, please visit: