Yoga is an art, science, philosophy & a way of life. Its origins are ancient and go back to India, 3000 years ago. The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root YUJ, meaning to bring together, to combine, to join, to yoke or to unite. In another context yoga can be interpreted as “to use” or “to apply” and can also be translated as unity. Therefore yoga can be defined as a practice that in essence is meant to bring to connection, communion and union – between one and himself, between one and the world and between one and the highest, deepest aspects of existence. Yoga is a way to gather and recruit all our internal resources in aim of achieving internal and universal unity. Yoga is a system of physical practice that emphasizes the balance between flexibility, strength, endurance and coordination, out of complete involvement of the mind in the practice. Through a deep investigation of the actions that take place in the physical postures we learn how to enhance the connection between body & mind, as well as to improve the range & quality of movement, concentration and mental calmness.
Iyengar Yoga is named after Sri Yogācārya B.K.S Iyengar and offers a contemporary interpretation to the classical yoga that developed in India over thousands of years. The approach emphasizes an in-depth technical study of Āsana – yogic postures – out of the understanding that the body is our first and most accessible tool of self-realization and transformation. Iyengar’s approach comes from the understanding that āsana practice holds within it all the aspects of philosophy, art and science of yoga, thus enabling them to integrate in one’s life in a whole and harmonic manner. The system emphasizes the correct location and positioning of limbs and organs in the posture in order to allow physical action to penetrate deep into the organism, sequence of learning & practicing the āsana to allow safe progress, gradually increasing duration of time spent in each āsana and high levels of awareness to the details that form the āsana – physical, mental and emotional.
Gradually increasing duration of time spent in each āsana
Correct location and positioning of limbs and organs in the posture
Order of learning and practicing the āsana to allow safe progress
High levels of awareness of the intricacies that form the āsana
“ What you are born with is God’s gift to you, what you do with it is your gift to God”
Bellur Krishnamacar Sundararaja Iyengar 14.12.1918 – 20.8.2014
was a prominent teacher who practiced, studied and developed the field of yoga over more than 80 years from his residence in Pune, India. After studying with his Guru, T. Krishnamācarya, Iyengar turned to deepen and refine his understanding out of direct experience in daily practice that were an inseparable part of his life until his passing. He wrote dozens of books on yoga, taught and demonstrated for decades worldwide, developed props that made yoga accessible to any person of every age and in any physical condition, so that they can benefit from the healing powers of yoga practice. Guruji’s work contributed to the international spreading of yoga, without compromising its quality or diluting the rich heritage it relies on. Today, Guruji’s system continues to live and develop thanks to his children Geeta S. Iyengar and Prashant S. Iyengar, renowned teachers in their own right, his granddaughter Abhijata and the hundreds of teachers he has trained over the years.
“ It is never stiffness in our bodies that limits our practice, only stiffness in our minds”
Geeta s. Iyengar
Dr. Geeta S. Iyengar 7.12.1944 – 16.12.2018
was one of the great yoga teachers that lived in our generation. Together with her father, B.K.S Iyengar, and her brother, Prashant S. Iyengar, she ran the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, trained teachers and wrote dozens of books and articles about yoga. She was a pioneer in the field of women’s yoga in yoga therapy. Geetaji taught for over six decades internationally and made her fathers method available to thousands of students. In her life and work she was an endless source of wisdom, knowledge and benevolence. She left her body at the age of 74, finishing the centennial celebrations of Guruji’s birth. She taught with devotion until her last day.
we start on time! Please make sure to arrive 30-15 minutes before class to get settled with ease. If you arrive late, please wait until the finishing of chants & invocation before entering the practice hall. Classes cannot be joined if tardiness exceeds 10 minutes. If possible, it is best not to eat a all for an hour before practice. During practice it is highly recommended not to drink water. Please make sure you hydrate before & after class.
The word Sangha means “community” or “coming together”. Other then being a physical practice, yoga is all-life embracing. Out of recognition in the value and support of a community, we are happy to host cultural events that are connected to health, wellbeing and personal development. We invite the practitioner-community to approach us with suggestions for meetings of this sort (lectures on philosophy, science, nutrition, poetry readings, musical performances or other arts & cultural events) and stay updated about upcoming events at the studio.