WHY YOGA?

"Body is the bow and asanas are the arrows to hit the target: the soul." --B.K.S. Iyengar

The word "yoga" comes from the Sanskrit root "yuj" which means "to yolk" or "to join" and thus involves the joining together of mind and body in such a way that brings about balance, stability, and clarity both physically and mentally.  Traditional yoga is a philosophy, not a religion, and is based on eight principles that encompass each aspect of life, of which asanas (poses), pranayama (breathing), and dyhana (meditation) are only three.  Yoga is a tool with which to quiet the de-centering and distracting vibrations of the mind and the de-stabilizing variations in mood.  When the mind is quiet, your Wisdom Within is uncovered and the light of inner peace finds its way out of the dark. 

Guruji B.K.S. Iyengar, CNN Interview, 2007

 

Watch part 1 of the CNN video with Iyengar here he explains his path to yoga and his beliefs concerning alignment and the union of the body, mind, and spirit.

What Is Iyengar Yoga?

Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar (1918-2014) is the founder of Iyengar yoga.  He took his classical approach to yoga and introduced the use of props while practicing the asanas so that everybody, regardless of physical ability, could access and achieve perfection in the asanas. For him, everyone deserved to have the ability to unite the body, mind, and spirit as the ancient yogic text, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, laid out. While practicing Iyengar yoga, students focus on structural alignment and, if necessary, utilize props such as blocks, straps, bolsters, blankets, sandbags, ropes, and chairs to obtain proper alignment so the union of body, mind, and soul is achievable.

Some of the Many Benefits of Yoga

Reduces:

  • irregular sleep patterns

  • stress

  • depression

  • anxiety

  • high blood pressure

  • physical and emotional imbalances

  • stiffness

  • joint pain

  • back pain

 

Increases:
  • energy

  • relaxation

  • calmness

  • improved sleep

  • ability to cope with stressful situations

  • focus and concentration

  • positive mood

  • mind-body connection

  • physical and psychological self awareness

  • range of motion

  • endurance

  • muscle strength and flexibility

  • excretory function and regularity

  • mobility

  • balance and stability (physically and mentally)

  • well being and self acceptance

Guruji B.K.S. Iyengar, CNN Interview, 2007

 

Watch part 1 of the CNN video with

Iyengar here he explains his path to yoga

and his beliefs concerning alignment and

the union of the body, mind, and spirit.

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