How Iyengar Yoga Gave Three People Their Lives Back...

...after suffering injury, abnormality and pain.

Here is an excellent article about Iyengar Yoga that came out today in the South China Morning Post.

Some highlights:

  • While modern medicine and the best of doctors were able to repair some of the damage, they were still looking at a restricted life and continued physical and emotional distress. Yet the trio found the will and the way to wrest their lives back from pain and depression.
  • “Yoga (done correctly) helps to integrate the mental and the physical plane, bringing about a sense of inner and outer balance, or what I term alignment,” said Iyengar. “True alignment means that the inner mind reaches every cell and fibre of the body.”
  • An Iyengar teacher must have a minimum of eight to 10 years of training and teaching before being qualified to work with people with injuries. The Iyengar principles of alignment, sequencing, timing and the intricacy of each pose provide the framework for the instructors to structure a specific therapy.
  • Iyengar said that yoga is a healing science that combines physiotherapy, psychotherapy and spiritual therapy, and that practising yoga teaches the brain to be calm, to endure pain and not fight it. “Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured,” he taught.

Read the entire article here.

Thank you to Cynthia Bates for sharing this article with us!