Yoga is a science devoted to the health of the body and to the peace, strength and clarity of the mind. Good digestion, deep sleep, vitality and enthusiasm, the correct functioning of internal organs, flexibility and muscles toned, a feeling of joy and ease are some of the benefits acquired by the regular practice of yoga.
B.K.S. Iyengar is today one of the most famous yoga masters in India and around the world. Born in 1918 in the South of India, he devoted his life since his teens to the study and teaching of yoga. He lived in Pune where he founded the famous Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RMYI). His books have been translated into many languages and have become classical reference works. His scientific approach contributed significantly to the “demystification” of yoga.
Contrary to the widespread view that yoga is a method of soft relaxation gymnastics, Iyengar Yoga is an intensive training that involves the body as well as the mind. It is based on the extensive practice of Asanas (yoga postures) and of Pranayama (yogic breathing).
Asanas develop strength, flexibility and body awareness. They especially relieve back pain, help the proper functioning of all organs, improve digestion and blood circulation. The postures also provide great relaxation.
They help to get rid of stress and fatigue, thus creating the conditions for excellent relaxation.
Difficult situations can be better addressed. They help inner calm and serenity to take root in one’s soul. Pranayama is the art of extending and controlling the breath. It increases vitality, brings balance to the mind and improves concentration.
According to the philosophy of yoga, the human being consists of the body, soul and spirit. The always serene spirit is the eternal part that resides in every man. The Asanas and Pranayama are the two fundamental pillars of yoga, to bring the body and the soul into contact with the light of the spirit and find inner peace.