Rules & Regulations
Students of Iyengar Yoga begin with elementary asanas or postures, with
an emphasis on the standing poses. As their study progresses other
postures are added including forward bends and backbends, inversions and
Much emphasis is laid on an introduction to alignment and sequence,
the understanding of which is a requirement for perfect
Students are encouraged to develop their own home
practice, without which the study of Yoga is incomplete. Students do not
have to be young or athletic or flexible to begin their study. Guruji's
method can be adopted and modified to students of any age and physical
Some Important points while
practicing Yoga Asanas
The ultimate goal of Ashstanga Yoga is Vivek Khyati
(Discriminative Discernment) leading to Kaivalya (Absoulute Freedom).
Guruji all the time emphasises that neither freedom nor beatitude is
possible without discipline.
Without firm foundation a
house cannot stand. In the same way without the practice of the
principles of yama and niyama, which lay the firm foundation for
building character, there cannot be an integrated personality. Practice
of Asanas without yama and niyama is mere Acrobatics. Discipline does
not arise from one's own mind, it has to be learned from outside.
External discipline puts you on the right path. Only a disciplined
person is a free person. Patanjali says the rules of yama and niyama are
the mighty universal vows. They are the golden keys to unlock the
Regularity and Punctuality are essential parts of
discipline. Pupils should be present and ready ten minutes before
the commencement of class.
Its only under unavoidable circumstances that the
Pupils are permitted to remain absent.
Yoga demands cleanliness and purity, Students
should wash their hands and feet before entering the yogashala. It
is desirable to have a bath before coming to the class. The yoga
clothes should be washed everyday. Kindly do not use perfumes and
strong soaps in the class.
The body is sustained and influenced by the food we
eat. It is desirable to take Sattvik (pure) food which is free from
eggs, meat, fish, onion, garlic and too much spice, oil and fat.
Impure food makes the body dull and stiff, such a body resists the
inward flow of consciousness and prevents subtle experience.
Avoid drinking tea or coffee or smoking, drugs
and alcohol are strictly forbidden. Their effect on mind and body
reverses all spiritual efforts. They create confusion, weaken the
energy and destroy the sense of discipline and responsibility. They
have no place in true Sadhana.
Yoga should not be practiced immediately after
food. Five to six hours should elapse between eating food and
practicing yoga. A
cup of milk, herbal tea or fruit juice or fruits may be had an
hour before starting yoga. Food may be taken half an hour after
Regular bowel movement aid in keeping the body
healthy and pure, one should establish the habit of moving one's
bowels every day in the early morning. If the bowels are not moved,
the asanas do not come smoothly and subtleties are not grasped. It
is harmful not to move the bowels daily, therefore a conscious
effort should be made to cultivate this habit.
Yoga clothes should be clean, decent and
comfortable. Proper shorts for men are recommended. The chest or
upper part must be covered by a banian (vest worn under shirt) or
T-shirt. Women should wear under pants, shorts or Iyengar style
bloomers, bra and
Those who practice other systems of yoga should
practice only the Iyengar system during the course. They should not join courses
elsewhere at the same time, because different systems can clash,
producing adverse effects.
Yoga is a Darshana, a mirror to look at ourselves
Control of mind is Yoga. When the mind is
controlled, stilled and silenced,
What remains is the soul.
It is the quest of the soul,
The Spark of Divinity within us, which is the very purpose of yoga.