What is yoga?

What is yoga?

Yoga is a traditional Indian discipline. The word Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word “Yuj” meaning to yoke, join or unite. Yoga works on the person as a whole (mind and body).

Yoga is an art, a science and a philosophy of life.

Through the regular practice of yoga you work on your whole person, and can gain and maintain a healthier body and mind. The benefits of yoga include:

  • vitality
  • a sense of well-being
  • flexibility
  • concentration
  • improved posture
  • strength
  • self-confidence
  • mental & spiritual calm

So why IYENGAR® yoga?

This method introduces to the practice of Yoga through a carefully gradual and systematic study and practice of asanas (postures) and pranayama (breath control).

BKS Iyengar has systematized yoga and his method focuses on body alignment throughout the asana to encourage a correct and safe practice. He has developed a series of yoga props (blocks, blankets and belts for example) to allow the work in asana to be more precise, accessible and effective.

The practice of IYENGAR® yoga allows the student, even as a beginner, to gain flexibility and strength; it helps us to deal with the stress, pains, aches and worries so common of modern life. I believe that a sincere practice, supported by an experienced teacher, can help the practitioner improve the sense of well-being and gain equanimity to cope with the challenges of life.


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