New Guidelines for Iyengar Teachers

You may or may not be aware that teachers of Iyengar Yoga follow a set of guidelines that is applicable worldwide. These guidelines originally came from BKS Iyengar himself, and were initially called the “Pune Constitution”; Pune, being the place in India where the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Memorial Institute was established by Guruji back in …

To Prop or Not to Prop—That is the Question

Iyengar Yoga has become synonymous with prop yoga; however, there are times when props are definitely being overused. BKS iyengar has been known to exclaim “I wish I never invented props!” because he saw them often misused. In his younger years, BKS Iyengar practiced more of a vinyasa style of Yoga.  Through his evolution as …

A Different kind of flow

Q: I’m used to flow yoga classes—why are Iyengar Yoga classes so “choppy”? The flow classes that many people are used to taking are most often based on some version of a sun salutation with other asanas (poses) inserted which provide for “flowing” movements from one pose to another. While you will experience sun salutations, …

Father of Compassion

Eyebrow hair reaching out like tendrils to grasp a hearty but trembling students eye– Guruji, why do we fear your awesomeness? You are the Father of Compassion, you will not waste our time.  Vajra-like bolts of geometric wizardry ricochet off the cement floors of the institute and the grill bars, where pre- and post-surgical magic …

Lord Krishna with Arjuna

Karma Yoga

Karma Yoga has become somewhat of a buzz phrase at many local studios these days.  People are trading their time in service for yoga classes.  This is not true karma yoga. In fact, years ago at Kelowna Yoga house we had discussions amongst the teachers that touched on this very topic.  At the time, we had a “Karma Yoga program” but …