Sage Patanjali, who has penned this subject prior to 400 AD codified the yoga point of view, or yoga darshana, in his Yoga Sutras, which describes theory and practice of yoga. Yoga is defined as chitta vritti nirodha. Chitta is the consciousness which includes the mind, the intellect and the ego. Yoga is a method of silencing the vibrations of the chitta.
The eight aspects of yoga (Astanga pada) by Patanjali indicates the way to unite with your innermost Self.
What is Iyengar yoga?
Iyengar yoga is named after Shri B.K.S. Iyengar (1918 – 2014). Through his life-long devotion to teach the art of yoga throughout the world, he was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2004.
He was the author of many books on yoga practice and philosophy, among others Light on Yoga.
Precision and alignment, use of props, sequencing and timings of the asana’s (yoga postures) are the unique characteristics of this yoga style. It is suited for improving your body posture and efficiency in movements. Refinement in the body alignment promotes the mechanical and organic functions of the body. It is a key for you to shift from unbalance to balance, from instability to stability, and from weakness to strength.
Iyengar yoga is accessible for everyone. No matter you are young or old, beginner or advanced, stiff or flexible, everyone can benefit from practicing yoga. If your mobility is limited, the postures are adapted to your needs, often using our props (yoga blankets, belts, bolsters, blocks etc.), so you can experience the benefit of the asana’s in the best way. Props are also used for advanced students in order to intensify their practice.
It is important to practice yoga with an appropriate sequence and timing according to your state of health. In Iyengar yoga different sequences have been developed for example for headache, hypertension, premenstrual syndrome, mental fatigue and so on.
Through learning a correct yoga practice that is suited for you, you will be able to enjoy its benefits to its maximum.
In order to deliver the correct method of Iyengar yoga at its most refined and updated manner to you, only the teachers with the certification are qualified to teach Iyengar yoga lessons. Certification has a high international standard and it is acquired after years of disciplined practice and deepening of the art.