Sage Patanjali, who has written on this subject in his treatise Yoga Darshana defines yoga as chitta vritti nirodha. Chitta is the
consciousness which includes the mind, the intellect and the ego. Yoga
is a method of silencing the vibrations of the chitta.
"Perform each Asana as a Mantra and
each pose as a Meditation then the light will dawn from the
centre of your being."
The eight aspects (astanga) of yoga are :
Yama and niyama
Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar with his intellectual and spiritual practices
has masterminded the techniques which can be used by all practitioners
of yoga. "Research based experience" and "experience based research" has
helped him in evolving this technique which is now known as"Iyengar
Yoga". He has therefore made it possible for ordinary human beings to
experience the wisdom of the yoga sutras.
Iyengar yoga is meant for all and is a way of life. The use of props,
designed by Guruji , such as wooden gadgets, belts and ropes helps the
practitioner to achieve perfection in any asana. Regular practice of 'Iyengar
Yoga' definitely integrates the body, mind and emotions.
Iyengar Yoga can be practiced by all.
The emphasis is
given to precision and alignment in all postures. An "Iyengar Yoga" practitioner is
also aware of
the sequence in which different groups of asanas have to be performed.