ORIYI: FAQs

   
Adho Mukha Svanasana
What is Yoga?
Who is BKS Iyengar?
What distinguishes the practice of Iyengar yoga from other styles of yoga?
How does yoga differ from other forms of activity e.g. aerobics?
Can anyone practice yoga?
Can yoga be practised if I have a medical condition or minor problem?
Will everyone be slim?
What can I expect in an Iyengar yoga class?
Can I eat before a class?
What should I wear?
What benefits come from Iyengar yoga practice?
Is yoga a religion?
What is the Certification Mark and the various levels of Certification?
What is the IYA(UK)?
What is Yoga?  

The word “yoga” usually refers to a form of physical exercise which can invigorate and heal the body, lift the spirit and calm down the restless mind. This can create a state of well- being.

Yoga originated in India around 5000 years ago and is the oldest system of personal development in the world. In his yoga sutras the Indian sage Patanjali defines yoga as the control of the activities of the mind, which is achieved through ethical disciplines, physical postures, breath control and meditation. The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit word “yuj” which means to merge, unite, or join. Yoga methods encompass the entire field of human existence: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. It is a holistic practice and a practical philosophy which can help us achieve a healthy, balanced and meaningful life.
To quote BKS Iyengar : “Regular practice of yoga can help you face the turmoil of life with steadiness and stability.”
 
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