What is Yoga?

Yoga is a discipline and practice originated in India that encompasses all aspects of one’s self: body, breath, mind and soul. According to the yoga texts, it is described as the cessation of fluctuations of the mind to reach a state of union and inner peace.

There are 8 limbs or components of the practice, which are: Yama and Niyama (universal guidelines of conduct and discipline for a harmonious life), Asanas (postures), Pranayama (breath control), Pratyahara (the withdrawal of the senses), Dharana (concentration of the mind), Dhyana (Meditation) and Samadhi (state of absortion in which the mind perceives the identity of the soul). The consistent and regular practice of yoga brings a lot of health benefits to the body and mind, hence it is practiced by millions around the world.


What is Iyengar Yoga?

This method of Yoga follows the teachings of BKS Iyengar (1918-2014), who is considered one of the most important and influential contemporary teachers.

Through continuous integral attention, the asanas are performed with precision giving special importance to external and internal alignment of the body, as well as the correct action and direction.

The most subtle aspects of the practice are presented as the practitioner matures and develops sensitivity and awareness.

Throughout more than 70 years of practice and teaching of yoga, BKS Iyengar developed the use of tools and accessories to bring stability, mobility, confidence, understanding, and comfort to each practitioner who may have different challenges or difficulties. This approach makes, the practice accessible for all people regardless of their age, strength, flexibility or general physical condition.

If you’d like to learn more about the science, the art, and the philosophy of yoga, and the life of this great teacher BKS Iyengar, visit the blog.


What to expect from an Iyengar yoga class?

The class will start with instructions to seat and center the attention to chant the invocation. Throughout the class the teacher will give detailed instructions, taking the attention to different parts of the body. She will watch carefully and correct the postures according to the student level, the teacher will also demonstrate the posture and will allow students to attempt postures several times to help them progressively develop their own sensitivity and intelligence in each part of their body. Props such as blocks, chairs, blankets, may be used according to the specific action required for the pose. Each class is different and it may vary greatly, depending on the level of the students and what the teacher is looking to emphasize.

General recommendations:

  • Arrive 10 minutes before the class starts. If it is your first time, arrive earlier to make registration for class easier and convenient.

  • If you arrive late and the class has already started, wait outside until the invocation is over. Come in quietly to avoid interrupting the group.

  • Keep your phone on silence mode and inside your bag, along with your water bottle, in the designated space.

  • Let you teacher know of any injuries, or medical conditions such as high blood pressure, menstrual cycle, headache or back or spinal problems

  • Pay close attention to demonstrations and follow the teacher’s instructions

  • During postures put all your attention inwards, observing and exploring yourself, enjoy the class!

  • Yoga can only be known and understood through own self experience. Live it, feel it in your own body!