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:

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

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.

“The tendinous part of the mind, so to speak, is more developed in winter; the fleshy, in summer.  I should say winter had given the bone and sinew to literature, summer the tissues and the blood.”  ~John Burroughs
And so, we should take this time to build both strength and character that comes from the standing poses. As we progress on the yoga path, we develop a strong sense of strength in the legs which in turn generates a sense of lightness in the torso.
As we progress into the months of winter and more time indoors, we can temper this practice of standing poses with the restorative poses to rebuild the energy reserves deep in the body.
Regular practice of yoga can help you face the turmoil of life with steadiness and ease.
        -B.K.S. Iyengar