What is Yoga?
Yoga is one of the six systems of Indian philosophy.
The word "yoga" originates from the sanskrit root yuj
which means Union. On the spiritual plane, it means union of the
Individual Self with the Universal Self. Yoga is the union of
the body, mind, emotions and intellect.
Sage Patanjali penned down this subject in his treatise known
as Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
What is the relevance of
yoga in today's world?
The practice of yoga helps anyone to gain good health, mental
peace, emotional equanimity and intellectual clarity. With a healthy
body, clear mind and pure emotions, the practitioner can learn
to excel in his chosen career. For example, violin maestro Lord
Yehudi Menuhin acknowledges Guruji as his Best violin teacher.
What are the different stages/aspects
of Patanjali's Yoga ?
Yama and Niyama : depicts of moral and social
Asanas : adjust the body in various postures
Pranayama : regulation of breath
Pratyahara : internalization of the senses of perception
Dharana : concentration
Dhyana : meditation
Samadhi : the ultimate state of self realization.
Patanjali's exposition consists of just 196 terse yoga sutras
which cover all aspects of life. The eight aspects (astanga) of
yoga are :
What is Iyengar Yoga?
Sage Patanjali's treatise on Yoga consists of just 196 terse aphorisms
compiled in the 5th century B.C. Yogacharya
B.K.S. Iyengar has made it possible for ordinary human beings
to experience the wisdom of the yoga sutras. He finds the meaning
of the sutras by practical search and regular practice. Iyengar
Yoga has shown and taught how all the eight aspects of astanga
yoga are integrated. His style of teaching yoga which is now being
followed by certified teachers has been called as "Iyengar Yoga".
What are the unique features
of "Iyengar Yoga"?
Iyengar Yoga can be practiced by all.
The emphasis is given to precision and alignment
in all postures.
The use of self designed props such as wooden
gadgets, belts, ropes helps the practitioner to achieve perfection
in all the postures.
The aspect of "sequencing". An "Iyengar Yoga"
practitioner is aware of the sequence in which different groups
of asanas have to be performed.