A Philosophy, a Science and an Art.
If you look after the root of the tree,
the fragrance and flowering will come by itself.
If you look after the body,
the fragrance of the mind and spirit will come of itself.
B K S Iyengar
Iyengar Associations to visit:
Iyengar Yoga Canada
Iyengar Yoga Vancouver
|We are made up of three components: BODY, MIND & SOUL. Corresponding to these are three needs that must be satisfied for contented life: the physical need is HEALTH; the psychological need is KNOWLEDGE; and the spiritual need is INNER PEACE. When all three are present there is HARMONY. Yoga means 'union' and will develop harmony.
On the physical level, it gives relief from countless ailments. The practice of the Asanas (postures) strengthens the body and creates a feeling of well-being.
From the psychological viewpoint, Yoga sharpens the intellect and aids concentration. It steadies the emotions and encourages a caring concern for others.
Above all, it gives hope. The practice of breathing techniques calms the mind.
There are many different types of cells in the body, with physical, physiological, emotional, intellectual and spiritual functions. It is known that each cell has a life of its own. These cells are the pearls of life. In the practice of Yoga every cell is consciously made to absorb a copious supply of fresh blood and life-giving energy.
Exercise tends to focus on achieving a goal, such as touching the toes ten times. Yoga places much less emphasis on goals, rather, it encourages students to finely tune the manner in which they move. The extreme concentration, which such close observation requires, draws your attention inward, quieting and integrating mind and body.
MEDITATION IN ACTION.
Yoga is a powerful tool to improve physically and mentally. It is demanding, but contrary to other workouts, it leaves the participant revitalized and relaxed.
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