Articles and Essays

Presence, Personality and Practice

Today is like any other day for Mr. X. He plans to go to the office, meet a friend for lunch at noon and leave precisely at 5pm to get to yoga class. Then everything goes wrong. Traffic makes him late for work, his lunch date reschedules and he gets a flat tire on the way to class. With every unexpected turn, Mr. X grows increasingly more agitated. By the time he’s speeding down the freeway, he’s in a state of rage. He has entered a mindset of total reactivity, and woe betides the person who cuts him off.

Just for Today

I have been asked by this publication to describe how my yoga practice has evolved over time.  I find myself scared, honored, and unsure of what to say. I guess the best thing to do is to acknowledge that after almost 40 years, my practice has become a fundamental part of who I am.  It is something I show up in each day, and adjust to accommodate the texture of that day. 

"B.K.S. Iyengar’s Ingenious Use of Props" an Interview with Manouso Manos

"Well, none of us is confused about the fact that we’re all in a state of decay.  We’re aging.  The ravages of that age will take their toll on us.  You understand that you fight for your own health and that you do not let the injury, or the aggravation, or the accident prevent you from trying to lead the fullest life that you possibly can.  We don’t pretend for a moment that we can cure everything.  But we do suggest to people that we have tools that might allow them to start to do some of the things that might first seem to be quite limiting."

Books for Beginners

I've chosen this trio of books as a foundation for beginners interested in studying the art and science of Iyengar Yoga, because they compliment and enhance asana classes offered here at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles. These books provide a broader context for the practice and application of yoga outside of class, not only in establishing a home practice, but also in understanding how to bring "yoga in action" into one’s everyday life. I think they should be part of every Iyengar Yoga student’s home library.

Centre de Yoga Iyengar de Montmartre

Sophie Boller, former IYILA’s student and teacher and IYASC board member, has opened a brand new facility in the heart of Montmartre, in the 18th arrondissement of Paris : 100 square meters dedicated to the practice and teaching of Iyengar Yoga.

Yoga and Depression

Aside from its direct effects on behavior and well being, depression is a highly significant health risk factor.  It is associated with many other disorders.  The prime example is heart disease. Moreover, in  heart disease, the occurrence of depression predicts heart failure and death.  As medical treatments for depression vary in their effectiveness, alternative and complementary methods are of great interest.

The Three Seasons of Ayurveda - Vata

Ayurveda is understood by the five elements found in our universe – Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. These energies are understood by the qualities that surround us in our environment known as the physical gunas: hot & cold, wet & dry, heavy & light, and mobile & stable.

Memories of B.K.S. Iyengar

"I met B.K.S. Iyengar the very first day of 2002 at his Institute in Pune, India. His secretary sent me down to the library to wait and suddenly I heard Iyengar say, "I can already see what's wrong with her."

30th Anniversary of the B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles

On Saturday, September 27th, the Iyengar community gathered to celebrate the establishment of the B.K.S. Iyengar Institute in Los Angeles thirty years ago.

 

The Los Angeles Iyengar community gathers to honor their leader

Over 300 students of Iyengar yoga met on August 30th at the IYILA for a Memorial Gathering for Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar. It was the 10th day after he left this mortal world, a day that has auspicious significance in Indian tradition. Chris Stein and Scott Hobbs put together a respectful and heartfelt program of chants, throwing of flowers, and eulogies.