Facets of brilliant teaching, the Iyengar family

Lisa at RIMYI in 2013Yoga is a deeply personal experience. Guruji went to the depths of his practice to extract the essence of what it is to be human. He used his body to discover the step ladder that can take us from suffering to inner peace, and paved the path for the rest of us follow. Geeta and Prashant Iyengar, Guruji’s daughter and son, have both dedicated their lives to continuing this discovery. Geeta systematized how we practice, designed programs for women and supervised therapeutic classes. Prashant weaves esoteric elements of yoga into his teaching and bases much of his work on the breath. Each brings us a gift to unwrap through our studies.

I have studied with all three of these inspired teachers. Each brings his/her own discipline, insights and devotion to the daily practice. I have seen their interpretation evolve over time, and how each has chosen to adapt to the changes brought on through the aging process according to his/her needs. I could not ask for better role models.

The second chapter of the Yoga Sutras speaks on Sadhana, or Practice. Guruji translates the first sutra: TapahsvadhyayaIsvarapranidhanani  as “Burning zeal in practice, self-study and surrender to God area the acts of yoga. ” While these three pillars of practice exist in each of us, I might say that Geetaji embodies the more pragmatic approach of practice. She is able to show a clear and concise system to our method. Prashantji elaborates on the interconnections between the breath, body and mind as means of culturing personal transformation. Guruji’s entire life was built from his devotion to God. His practice was intense, his self-study unsurpassed, but his faith in Yoga carried him through times of scarcity and solitude.

In the introduction to Light on Yoga Iyengar suggests “When the restlessness of the mind, intellect and self is stilled through the practice of Yoga, the yogi by the grace of the Spirit within himself finds fulfillment.  Then he knows the joy of the eternal which is beyond the pale of the senses which his reason cannot grasp… The real meaning of Yoga – a deliverance from contact with pain and sorrow.”

In this asana practice, I will introduce language used by each of these masters. Saturday’s practice will include standing and seated postures with some restorative work; Sunday will focus on inversions, pranayama and Prashant’s breath focus.

For more information, or to register, please email institute@iyila.org, call +1-310-558-8212. or visit http://iyila.org/facets-of-practice-the-trinity-of-iyengar-yoga-with-lisa-walford/ or https://www.facebook.com/events/533819957015276/.

Dates: Sat. June 23, 2018, 11:30 – 1:30 & Sun. June 24, 2018, 2:15 – 4:15
Levels: 1 & 2
B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles (IYILA)
1835 South La Cienega Blvd, Suite 240 (Google Map)
Los Angeles, CA, 90035 USA

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