Articles & Essays
By John Schumacher
Alignment is a cornerstone of the practice of Iyengar Yoga. One often thinks of alignment in terms of the positioning of the body and its various parts during the practice of asana (posture). The value of this aspect of alignment in balancing and protecting the joints, muscles, organs, vessels, and tissues of the body is well known to even beginning practitioners of Iyengar Yoga. What may be less well known is the importance of alignment with respect to the flow of energy in the body.
Describing him as "alive, vibrant and perceptive" at 90, an interview with B. K. S. Iyengar and photos of his practice highlights the Fall 2009 issue of Parabola magazine. Guruji tells writer Annie Schliffer, "I am a person who does what he says, even at my age. And I continue to practice because yoga has helped me.
By Robin M. Mishell
Editor, Yoga Samachar
“How far away are you from your soul?” You may hear this query when you’re in a Lois Steinberg class. Often, after a demo, Lois corrals her students with a resounding, “Let’s do it.”
After 35 years honing her craft, Lois’ light-hearted approach is infused with passion, intelligence and lots of humor. After all, Guruji has said, “Without humor, life is not worth living.”
Contemplative Practice in Performance
By Sally Hess
Sally Hess, a lifelong professional dancer and a professor in the Department of Music and Dance at Swarthmore College, holds Introductory Certification and lives in New York City. Here she writes about yoga, art, dance and the spiritual links between them.
Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) has always been Guruji, Geetaji, Prashantji, and Ramamani Iyengar. It was built and continues to exist as a tribute to Guruji's wife, Geetaji and Prashantji's mother, Ramamani Iyengar. In interviews, Geetaji and Prashantji have both expressed the profound effect she had on their lives and yoga studies. I never met Ramamani Iyengar, but I feel her presence at RIMYI. As soon as you enter the gate there is a bust of Ramamani.
A few times a year, we will be including an interview with or some reflections from a senior teacher in our communications with you, our IYNAUS members. We hope this feature will help you connect to the history of Iyengar Yoga in the United States. We also hope these Senior Teacher Spotlights will help build a sense of tradition and ongoing community among the practitioners of Iyengar yoga in the U.S. and also serve to inspire people towards developing their practice.
Listen in on the conversation as senior Iyengar Yoga teachers from the U.S. and Canada discuss living a life of yoga. This conversation, between Felicity Green, who jokes that she's a "cover girl"" at 75, Joan White, Leslie Hogya, Margot Kitchen and Shirley Daventry-French, was held during Geeta Iyengar's April 2008 visit to Canada and printed in the winter issue of Ascent magazine.
By Karin O’Bannon
How do I get to rtambhara? It is not somewhere I can get to by leaving Shreveport, LA; it is not a place. It is not something I can objectify; it is not cellular. Rtambhara is a condition of consciousness. The mind becomes a witness to Absolute Truth and spiritual perception dawns. Although it is something that must happen within my mind it seems very far away.
Edwin F. Bryant's new edition of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is available from Farrar, Straus & Giroux publishers.
Including Sanskrit text, transliteration and translation of each of the Sutras, followed by commentary from Bryant, professor of Hindu religion and philosophy at Rutgers University, the book is dedicated to all teachers of yoga, "that Patanjali's Sutras may inform and inspire their teachings."