Saturday, February 25, 2012

The interview with Iyengar

Iyengar yoga and Ashtanga yoga are the two main yoga styles that combine the body and the mind in the practice.

Iyengar yoga is very  precise. This he also said in the interview in the Süddeutsche Zeitung magazine from 17. Feb 2012. B.K.S. Iyengar tries to understand the poses till the cells.
Here I read again as an example: The position of the feet has an influence of the position of the hips and this guarantees that the lower back remains long. In this direction goes my effort when I practice back bending.

It seems to me that Iyengar students focus on the precise performance of the asanas.
Ashtanga yoga practitioners focus mainly on the breath, dristhis, the bandhas.
I think the details count. They make a practice safe and protect from injuries. 
Both styles try to bring the body and the mind together.

Iyengar was asked what he thinks is the most spreaded issue of the human beings.
His answer: In the West you think you can solve emotional problems intellectually. But you must go where the feelings are: in the body. Most intellectuals have no clue how they can connect feelings and thoughts........

This is in my view a reason why yoga is liberating through the body work. With the flexibility of the body also possibilities in life arise. More seems possible. The character corset becomes loose.

Yesterday was a first spring day. See picture. The puddles came into being as the snow was melting. In the distance a soft green announces the warmer season. 


Anna said...

Lovely post, Ursula. Yes, again we are vindicated - thinking: what a nightmare!

Ursula said...

What is interesting that in India, too, the body work was belittled.

Body and mind belong together, they form a unit. Both are amazing.

To experience silence of mind can indeed be great relaxation.
To realize that the thinking mind is nothing but fiction is a relief.

Have a fantastic Saturday evening.

tanya said...

enjoy your practice of yoga by combining both yoga philoshy ie Iyengar with Astanga to enjoy the eternal bliss.This will help you to discover a new world

Ursula said...

Oh Tanya, I'm pleased to see you commenting on my blog. :)

Yeah, what I really appreciate when I think of B.K.S Iyengar, this is his passion, this flame for yoga that is burning inside him till now and he's above 93. He is a role model.