B.K.S Iyengar

The practice of yoga has revolutionized body awareness and control of thoughts. It has developed the egalitarian alignment of the halves – right, left, the strength of will, flexibility, and awareness in the breathing rhythms.

The Light on Yoga is one of the most influential texts for yogis and yoginis in the world. It is written by the teacher B.K.S Iyengar, whose goal was and will be to offer an instrument of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being in the different psychological and physical states of each person. It follows the Aphorisms of Yoga.

The Asanas are the different postures made throughout yoga, allowing people to reach their maximum potential. They contribute to the purification of the body and mind by speeding up the body’s skills and making the thoughts more flexible with the integration of the breath (Pranayama) and the control of the senses (Pratyahara).

The teaching methods of Iyengar are characterized by:

  • Performing sequences of asanas with a specific dwell time
  • Detailing the technique and staying in alignment in the asanas and breathing exercises
  • Pedagogical nature
  • Knowing the limitations of each practitioner
  • Using tools to correctly perform the postures: Chairs, belts or elastic bands, blocks, and other supports devised by Iyengar
  • Performing Therapeutic Yoga: Iyengar, after decades of practice and study, developed ideal yoga sequences to combat ailments, illnesses, and mental blocks.
  • Going to certified teachers.

Yoga allows one to experience the reflective states of consciousness by stimulating the bodily understanding of each individual’s essential functions. The connection with the universe through meditation, the development of perception, holistic well-being, and respect for life.

Yoga Asanas

Requirements:

  • Cleaning before starting to practice asanas and emptying the bladder and intestines.
  • The food consumed before and after the practice should be light.
  • Take a shower before and after the practice. It refreshes the body and mind.
  • Time to practice: It is preferably the first thing in the morning or at the end of the afternoon. In the mornings, the asanas can present with some difficulty since the body is a bit rigid, perform basic asanas. In the afternoon, the body moves with greater ease.
  • Find clean and fresh places.

Recommendations:

  • Do not perform the asanas if you feel an excessive effort in movements.
  • At the beginning of your practices, keep your eyes open to avoid making mistakes, and do correct postures. Close your eyes when you know the details of the postures and can control the breathing.
  • Keep the body active and present in each movement, while the mind remains in a passive but conscious state.
  • Once the yoga practice is over, lie down in Savasana (dead man’s posture) for 10 to 15 minutes.

Warnings:

If you suffer from dizziness, headaches, retinal detachment, discomfort in the ears, high or low hypertension, do not perform inverted postures (Sarvangasana, Sirsasana, among others)

In the case of women: 

  • When you are with your menstrual cycle, avoid inverted postures.
  • In Period of pregnancy: During the first three months, you can practice all the asanas. As of 4 months, avoid twisting, inverting, and bending forward asanas. After childbirth, stay in rest for the first month. Then progressively and responsibly perform all the asanas.

With the constant practice of asanas, breathing exercises, the awakening of the senses, and the activation of consciousness, yoga guarantees the optimal functioning of the body, the prevention of diseases, and the stability of emotions.

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