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THE METHOD

The method used in this course is named after its creator, Yogacharya BKS Iyengar, Indian master born in Bellur, south of India (1918-2014)
An exceptional contemporary yogis, recognized worldwide, who dedicated his whole life to the practice and in-depth study of Yoga. Thanks to its incredible powers of observation and his great determination, also dictated by the need to overcome his extremely precarious health conditions in which it is found at birth, explored in an intelligent, sensitive and innovative the different aspects of Yoga, And ‘in fact, a pioneer in the application of this therapeutic discipline in many pathological and limitations, physical conditions. L ‘the effectiveness of his method .is been amply demonstrated and recognized by doctors and researchers .in many countries of the world.
Over the decades, it understood the need to make the practice of yoga accessible to everyone, according to their individual needs. L ‘has indeed revolutionized, and this is undoubtedly his greatest achievement – introducing and incorporating practice and teaching a gear system, from the wooden brick, belt, ropes, chairs, etc. – Making it accessible and meaningful to all. The use of tools in fact, on the one hand for easy and safe learning for the beginner, but also pushed the more advanced practitioner a deeper understanding of the dynamics and geometry asana, to get the most benefits from the practice , .In this way allows everyone to work to their maximum potential, overcoming any difficulties and limitations ..
His method is based on in-depth study of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing techniques)), in connection with the philosophical aspects of yoga.
To arrive at a higher consciousness begins from physical awareness. Asanas and pranayama, in his view, are an integral part of yoga, are not just mere physical exercises as they involve both psychological and physiological processes. But they are the means and tools to explore and experience the deeper aspects of yoga (meditation, samadhi).
The attention devoted to the precision in the execution, with particular emphasis to the alignment, symmetry, security, sequence and duration of positions, it is a key characteristic of this method, developed to act immediately at multiple levels (physical, emotional and mental). and develop a refined awareness of itself.

PRACTICE AND BENEFITS

Yoga can be practiced at any age.
Regular practice of asanas removes tension and stiffness from the entire body:
The joints become more stable, the limbs and spine in alignment, correcting posture, musculature harmonizes and strengthens.
The internal organs and all body systems benefitting from the stimulus they receive in each position. The immune system are increased by making the body stronger in case of illness, circulation improves.
The mind calms and relaxes you rebalances.
Generally it helps to develop strength, flexibility, endurance vitality, balance and concentration.
Starting from the physical yoga brings important and profound effects including psychological and mental level, from the grossest to the most subtle levels of being.
The positions are held for a longer period than in other methods allowing cramped muscles to relax and unwind and helping to focus and refine the focus on awareness.
The attention and accuracy developed by the practice stimulate awareness and understanding, and foster an introspective attitude and concentrate that calms and stabilizes the emotions and the mind, and preparing it for meditation.
The Iyengar Yoga has been described as meditation in action. Consciously practice the yoga positions has an integral and riarmonizzante effect, and promotes a state of well-being.

E ‘accessible to all through:
– The use of specific tools;
– Progressive teaching, which builds a solid foundation before tackling a more challenging job;
– The yoga classes are never equal to each other, the teacher selects asanas of different groups to emphasize different aspects of the practice;
– Each yoga class at any level takes time to relax, as a point of integration to deeper levels of the practice took place;
– When the body and mind are strong enough to be able to sit or lie down for long periods of time without distractions, students are ready to learn pranayama (breath control);
– All teachers follow a strict training program of several years, thereby ensuring a high standard of preparation. Many of the teachers regularly travel to India to follow the teachings.

THE ORIGINS

Yoga, born in India, is an art and a science even together, but above all ancient philosophy practice that involves every aspect of human beings. the evolution of the individual driving through discipline and self-awareness. The word “yoga” comes from the Sanskrit root Yug which means “to unite”, and in particular the state of union between the body and the mind, between man and the cosmos, between the individual and the universal soul, or between the ‘human being and the infinite.
The ancient Indian discipline of yoga is a structured and codified for the first time about 2,500 years ago by the sage Patanjali through a series of aphorisms, the Yoga Sutra, that indicates the way to go and specify the discipline to follow for the attainment of true freedom-kaivalya-: the highest achievement of the self that is the ultimate goal of Yoga.

Patanjali describes the path of yoga divided into eight stages, which are in profound relationship with each other and influence each other:
Yama – universal ethical principles
Nyama – the moral principles for the individual discipline
Asanas – positions to practice
Pranayama – breath control
Prattyahara – the withdrawal of the senses to emancipate the mind of their control
Dharana – concentration of mind
Dhyana -the state of meditation
Samadhi -the state of deep meditation in which the subject becomes one with the object of meditation

In the Bhagavad Gita, the most important text on yoga philosophy, the meaning of the path of yoga is explained as liberation from pain and misfortune.
In Indian tradition, the sacred knowledge is transmitted by a spiritual guide who is an example, the guru-that is, one who removes the darkness of ignorance, replacing it with the light of intelligence.
This trail is part of the body through the study of “asanas” (postures) to restore the physical balance, both superficial and deep level, and the individual spiritual energy to flow within us until it connects with the energy cosmic.
The practice of yogasana to stay healthy or to stay in shape or to maintain the necessary flexibility is an outward practice of yoga. Although this is an understandable point cuipartire, is not the ultimate goal “B.K.S. Iyengar.
Even in the simplest asanas you can experience three levels of research: the external research firm leads in the body, the soul searching that develops intelligence firm, and deeper research that brings the spirit of benevolence.