Successful Yoga Therapy for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Interesting study using Isometric action in Yoga asana and CFS.  Successful Yoga Therapy for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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Conversation between Edwin Bryant and Rosa Santana


Rosa Santana conduct a revealing interview on the deeper tradition of Yoga and the spirituality of BKS Iyengar. with scholar Edwin Bryant, author of “The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali: A New Edition, Translation, and Commentary” with a foreword by B.K.S. Iyengar.

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Gabriella Giubilaro teaching Adho Mukha Vrksasana in the Iyengar Tradition


Adho Mukha Vrksasana (handstand) with Gabriella Giubilaro  Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher .

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Neck traction using 8 blocks

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Catholic Priest, Roland Colhoun, says Yoga Is The Gateway To “Kingdom Of Darkness”

Here is a quote from Fr. Colhoun:  “When you take up those practices from other cultures, which are outside our Christian domain, you don’t know what you are opening yourself up to. The bad spirit can be communicated in a variety of ways. I’m not saying everyone gets it, or that it happens every time, and people may well be doing yoga harmlessly, but there’s always a risk and that’s why the Pope mentioned it and that’s why we talk about that in terms of the danger of the new age movement and the danger of the occult today. That’s the fear.”

Another equally disturbing quote:  “Practicing yoga is Satanic, it leads to evil just like reading Harry Potter.”  To read the entire article, click the link:

I wonder what he would say about one of my teachers, Sr. Iyengar yoga teacher, Father Joe Pereira?  Father Joe is a Catholic priest who teaches yoga and quotes the Yoga Sutras.  He was a friend and colleague of Mother Teresa and a long time friend and student of BKS Iyengar. A man whose life’s work is spent helping people with AIDs and people struggling with addiction. He is the founder of the Kripa Foundation, the largest Non–Governmental Organization in India created to help these individuals.

Here is an excerpt of “Addiction, Recovery and Yoga”  featuring Father Joe in a powerful documentary on how people have used yoga as part of their journey in recovery from serious addiction problems to a new life of well-being and emotional stability.

And Father Joe leading a chant embracing All religions.

In my opinion what we need in this world is more enlightened priests like Father Joe Pereira and less closed-minded antiquated priests rooted in the dark ages like Father Calhoon.

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How Yoga Changes your Body on the First Day. Huffington Post

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John Schumacher Interview on Meditation and BKS Iyengar

John Schumacher sits down with Iyengar Yoga teacher Rosa Santana and discusses his thoughts on meditation, how it can be reached through the practice of asana, the difference between meditation and Pranayama, and stories about the early days with BKS Iyengar.

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Effortful effort until Effortless effort comes

A wonderful video of Geeta Iyengar posted by Yoga Mandir Iyengar Yoga Institute.

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How to be 10 Percent Happier

An intimate window into one person’s struggle with depression, addiction, and how meditation helped get his life back on track. A personal account of Nightline’s anchor, Dan Harris’s plummet into darkness and his ascent back into light (mostly). The article is worth the read.

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Question of the Month: Your classes are too hard.

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I understand this is not a question, but I have been told this a number of times and feel it is important feedback and should be addressed.

My classes are ‘all levels’ classes ranging from beginner to advanced practitioners, including students with a wide range of physical challenges.  I work hard to make my classes accessible, providing a safe environment and modifications to accommodate all of my students.

I tell students to honor their bodies and come out of a pose if they need to, but this is hard for students to do.  The Ego creeps in and keeps some students from coming out of the pose when they should.  The Ego may also discourage some students from using the props they need.  But even with props, my classes are challenging.  I want each student to explore the depths of each pose; to break it down, to feel how each movement works different parts of the body, to realize that each movement leading to the asana is an asana within itself.

Practicing an asana is a path, a journey.  Why rush through it to get to the end?  Imagine moving into an asana is a path filled with flowers and all of the best, most beautiful, flowers are at the beginning of the path.  Many students never see these flowers because they are in such a hurry to get to the end of the path. The beauty, the essence of each asana, is in the journey.

Come to my class with an open heart and the soul of a five year old.  Smile broadly and breathe deeply while practicing your most challenging asana, toss out the ego, let go of expectations, embrace the unknown, and honor your body.  That’s all I ask from my students – and I know that’s a lot.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from B.K.S Iyengar that have helped me in my practice.  I hope they inspire yours.

“Action is movement with intelligence. The world is filled with movement. What the world needs is more conscious movement, more action.”

“The challenge of yoga is to go beyond our limits – within reason. We continually expand the frame of the mind by using the canvas of the body. It is as if you were to stretch a canvas more and create a larger surface for a painting. But we must respect the present form of our body. If you pull too much at once, we will rip the canvas. If the practice of today damages the practice of tomorrow, it is not correct practice.”

“Be inspired but not proud.”

And one of my favorites from Prashant Iyengar.

“We are always looking outward, listening to our teachers who come with their own problems and limitations and we ignore the most supreme teacher within ourselves. The only way to evolve, to progress, to truly practice, is to listen to our inner teacher.”

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