Iyengar Yoga is about reclaiming your body. It’s about undoing past damage to your Spine, Shoulders, Back and Legs. it’s about letting go and getting relief from pain and stress
Reference: The Official Website for B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga
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 Iyengar Yoga?
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”?
It is highly beneficial to the body. It is especially helpful for people with back, shoulder and leg issues.
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.
Iyengar Yoga is a powerful and sophisticated discipline which can be practiced in all stages of life. The benefits are far-reaching and will assist the practitioner in every aspect of daily living.
“B.K.S Iyengar was taught yoga in his youth by his brother-in-law, T. Krishnamacharya. B.K.S. Iyengar developed his innovative and inspired approach to yoga through intense practice and self-study. His seminal book, Light on Yoga, has been continuously in print since originally published in 1966. According to Mr. Iyengar, “The yoga I teach is purely Astanga yoga, known as the eight limbs of yoga. My pupils who follow me call it ‘Iyengar Yoga’ to distinguish it from the teachings of others.” Iyengar Yoga is differentiated from other methods by a world-wide, standardized system of instruction. Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers (CIYTs) undergo rigorous training and evaluation to earn their certifications. Only CIYTs are permitted to describe their method of instruction as “Iyengar Yoga.” CIYTs are trained to provide clear demonstrations of each posture and are skilled in the use of simple props to maximize the opening and awareness of the body, providing support to the less flexible, and extra extension to the more advanced student.“
“Teaching is oriented towards gradual but steady progress, rather than quick and fleeting results. Each Iyengar Yoga class is a unique sequence to guide students through a safe and systematic progression. Through skilled instruction and practice, students learn to penetrate beyond the physical body to the inner kosas (layers) of mind, energy and spirit, gaining vitality, clarity and calm through the practice.“
Introduction Iyengar Program
Rayo de la Vida is offering a new comprehensive Introduction to Iyengar Program the Rayo de la Vida Center in Palma. The Program is taught by Certified Iyengar Teacher Alfonso Castano.
Designed to provide a solid foundation in the Iyengar method of Yoga, the program is recommended for students new to the Iyengar method.
Each class of the course will build progressively throughout the program. Students will learn alignment, main actions of the poses and the links from pose to pose. Students will learn to adapt poses to their own physical condition and capabilities. With the completion of this program, students will have a strong foundation for the development of their practice in the Iyengar method. This special introductory program is taught over a eight week period.
Rayo de la Vida welcomes students of all levels. Those who’ve never done yoga or practiced Iyengar Yoga before will find quarterly introductory courses and weekly beginning level classes inspiring and informative.
Seasoned Iyengar practitioners can deepen their studies in intermediate/advanced level classes which are challenging and fun.
All-levels classes are appropriate for everyone and provide an excellent entry for students who may be long-time yoga practitioners less familiar with the dynamic precision of the Iyengar method.
In every class level students will experience the brilliance of the Iyengar method, unique in its emphasis on cultivating both mobility and stability through the practice of asana.
Below are general descriptions and guidelines in choosing a class that works for you
- Introduction Iyengar Program – Designed to provide a solid foundation in the Iyengar method of Yoga. It is recommended for students new to the Iyengar method. Students will learn actions in asana, develop strength, flexibility, awareness and confidence. Each class of the course will build progressively throughout the program. Students will learn alignment, main actions of the poses and the links from pose to pose. Students will learn to adapt poses to their own physical condition and capabilities. With the completion of this program, students will have a strong foundation for the development of their practice in the Iyengar method. This special program is typical taught over a six week period.
- Beginner – This moderately paced class is appropriate for beginners and seasoned students seeking to focus on fundamentals.. It is recommended students new to yoga to have attended an Introductory Course. standing, seated, forward extension, twisting, beginner back extension and inverted postures are taught.. 75 minutes.
- All-Levels – A class designed for all levels of practitioners. This class will offer a continued and deepened exploration of asanas (postures) and pranayamas (breath awareness). It is recommended that students who have never done yoga attend an Introductory Course or a few Beginners classes prior to attending.. 90 minutes.
- Intermediate – For students who have developed proficiency in Beginner classes and are ready for deepened and expanded study of all asana categories, as well as some Pranayama. It is optimal that intermediate students be able to push up from the floor into Urdhva Dhanurasana (backbend), hold Sirsasana (headstand) for five minutes, and know basic modifications/alternative postures if working with limitations. A strong foundation of regular participation in Iyengar Yoga classes is recommended but not required. 90 minutes.
- Seniors – Developed specifically for people over the age of 50, this class focuses on helping to enhance flexibility, strength, and balance in a supportive environment. 75 or 90 minutes.
- Back Care – A class for people looking to support back health, care and comfort, but are not in acute pain. Classical asanas are taught with support and are modified to suit each individual. 90 minutes.
- Restorative – A class with deeply restful, supportive asana designed to rejuvenate and alleviate stress and strain. It is recommended that students are practiced in Beginner asana, including Salamba Sarvangasana (shoulder stand). 90 minutes.
What do I need to Bring?
An empty stomach – allow at least three hours after a heavy meal and 1 ½ hours after a light meal. You can bring your own mat if you like and we also have complimentary mats and props for you to use in each studio.
What Should I Wear?
Please wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely. Shorts or tights/leggings are recommended so that teachers can better observe your alignment. Bare feet allow better sensitivity to the floor and are best to ensure traction on the mat. Please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, or any other strongly scented products as they can trigger headaches etc. in others.
What if I have an injury or special condition?
Please try to arrive at least 15 minutes before your first class. This will allow you time to get registered and introduce yourself to your teacher. Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers are trained to help people with common injuries and ailments like lower back, knee and neck pain. More senior teachers may have experience and training in dealing with more complex issues. Please, do not hesitate to talk to your teacher, as your teacher is here to help!
Students attending classes must first sign a liability waiver. This may be accessed during registration or in person prior to beginning class. If you have any physical or medical conditions, or if you are not in overall good health, please consult your physician before starting a new yoga program and please inform your instructor before the start of class.
Class Size is Limited for optimization of learning and to provide for safety and social distancing
For new students, Alfonso will do a brief interview to ensure best placement and to provide initial fundamental guidance for the Iyengar method