Iyengar Yoga Chiang Mai
The Iyengar style to yoga is firmly based on the traditional eight limbs of yoga explained in detail by Patanjali in his classic writings, “The Yoga Sutras”, written over 2,500 years go. It is a disciplined and deeply researched system developed over 75 years by BKS Iyengar who practiced daily during his 96 years on this earth – teaching, writing, exploring and studying about yoga.
“Yoga means union. The union of the individual soul with the Universal Spirit is yoga. But this is too abstract a notion to be easily understood, so for our level of understanding I say that yoga is the union of body with the mind and of mind with the soul”. – BKS Iyengar, Tree of Yoga.
What is unique about Iyengar Yoga is that it is characterised in the practice of asana and pranayama with a special approach and emphasis on precision and alignment, planned sequencing, timing and the use of props. This approach has allowed people of varying ages, levels of health and fitness to enjoy the all the benefits in which a sustained Iyengar practice can bring – the ability to face the physical, mental and emotional challenges of everyday life with strength, vitality, mobility, thoughtfulness and equanimity.
The name “Iyengar Yoga” was originally used by students of Mr. Iyengar himself to distinguish his approach from other styles of yoga. He, however, described his yoga as “Patanjali Yoga” and said:
“I have no right to brand my practices or teachings as Iyengar Yoga. My pupils, who follow me, call it Iyengar Yoga. The only thing I am doing is to bring out the in-depth, the hidden qualities of Yoga to the awareness of you all. What I do is pure, authentic traditional Yoga. It is wrong to differentiate traditional yoga Iyengar Yoga, as it is also not fair to brand Yoga, as Raja-yoga, Hatha-yoga, Laya-yoga, Kundalini-yoga, Taraka-yoga and so forth. There is no distinction between one Yoga and another. Yoga, like God is one.”
BKS Iyengar wrote many books and articles on yoga, A good place to start is with the introduction to “Light on Yoga” (considered a modern classic about yoga) first published in 1966.
for more information about Iyengar Yoga please visit the official website BKS Iyengar
we will be introducing classes for Iyengar Yoga in Chiang Mai soon