The word Yoga means yoke (to join, to bring together). Yoga practices were developed over 3,000 years ago in India. Yoga encompasses physical postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), meditation (prachahara) and philosophy.The intention is to maintain and improve the quality of our lives and contribute to society positively.A powerful antidote to the stresses of modern-day life, yoga is a practical philosophy that aims at uniting the body, mind and spirit for health and fulfillment. A fit and supple body can be developed through the practice of postures (asanas). Postures work on all the bodily systems, toning the muscles, stimulating the circulation and improving overall health.The benefits are not merely physical: as the postures are mastered and techniques introduced for relaxation and breath control, you will find that yoga has the power to calm the mind, increase your concentration and decreases stress.
Sites we recommend:
BKS Iyengar - www.bksiyengar.com IYANZ - http://iyengar-yoga.org.nz BKSIYAA - www.iyengaryoga.asn.au
BKS Iyengar lives in India and is now in his 90's. His son, Prashant, and daughter, Geeta, teach in his institute in Pune, India. Mr. Iyengar has been practicing and promoting yoga for over 70 years, based on ancient knowledge known as Patanjalis Yoga Sutras. He has established the use of props such as walls, blocks, belts, chairs and blankets when needed for support and to facilitate correct understanding of the postures.Mr. Iyengar is world-renowned for his extensive work on the therapeutic effects of yoga.Iyengar Yoga is appropriate for students of all ages and physical abilities. The practice can meet the needs of the elite sports person and will increase performance, hasten recovery from the demands of exercise and assist in the prevention of injury. The practice can also assist those who are recovering from illness or have physical ailments.The New Zealand Iyengar Yoga Association administers and certifies teachers to an international standard and administers the use of the Certified Teachers Mark. To learn more --- http://www.bksiyengar.com