IYENGAR YOGA - Jay Averell
* Discover Iyengar Yoga *
atha yoganusasanam
Sutra 1.1
With prayers for divine blessings, now begins an exposition of the sacred art of yoga.
The ancient practice of yoga continues today, thanks mainly to the contributions of B.K.S. Iyengar, and the teachings based on his self-found discoveries about the practice of yoga.
Iyengar yoga emphasizes the precision of physical alignment of the body in asanas (poses), creating a sense of strength, stamina, flexibility, and balance. This, combined with specific sequencing, and the amount of time spent in each pose is what differentiates his method from other practices.
One of B.K.S. Iyengar's innovations is the use of props: chairs, blocks, blankets, straps, bolsters, benches, walls. The purpose of the props is to assist the students in attaining ideal alignment, thus allowing them to experience the pose in a way that would not be achievable otherwise. Because of this, it is a method appropriate for anyone regardless of age, degree of health or other perceived limitations. In Iyengar yoga, weak parts are strengthened and stiff parts are stretched, thus awakening and realigning the whole body. Benefits include increased vitality and the reduction of stress and anxiety.
 
At present, I am currently teaching:
Mondays: 7:00pm at Heal and Soul Yoga in Encino(www.healandsoul.com)

Wednesdays: 4:30pm at Rising Lotus Yoga in Sherman Oaks

Wednesdays:  7:00pm at Heal and Soul Yoga in Encino (www.healandsoul.com)

Fridays: 4:30pm at Rising Lotus Yoga in Sherman Oaks (www.risinglotusyoga.com)

Saturdays: 11:15am at Yogaworks Tarzana (www.yogaworks.com)

All levels are welcome, especially beginners and those new to yoga.



Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.  ~John Lubbock
 
As the days lengthen and the air continues to warm, spend time in restorative poses, and in that reflective state that is Savasana.
 
In the summer months, fruits and vegetables come to their full ripeness each in their time of the season. Strawberries, cherries, blueberries, cucumbers, tomatoes, sweet corn and countless others, mark each day of summer with a memory of full, fresh taste.
 
Allow that taste to also be reflected in your yoga practice.  With the longer days and the time to enjoy the bright summer, so should our practice, ripen and mature.  
Enjoy the flavor of your practice as it ripens and develops maturity.
 
Regular practice of yoga can help you face the turmoil of life with steadiness and ease.
        -B.K.S. Iyengar