Links and Online Resources

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***You will find the current COVID-19 protocols on the Classes page.***

A FEW THINGS TO NOTE BEFORE COMING TO CLASS

  • We accommodate drop-ins where possible but do check the on-line class schedule periodically to see if the class is already full for a session or is a registration only class.
  • Please come 10 minutes before class starts to get settled before instruction begins (especially if this is your first visit to a particular class).
  • We have all the equipment you will need for class, including yoga mats. Bring your own mat if you prefer.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing that you can move in and come prepared to practice in bare feet.
  • Tell the teacher if you have medical conditions, such as post-operative conditions, hypertension, heart problems, high or low blood pressure, back, neck or knee problems, menstrual disorders etc.
  • Avoid eating for at least two hours before an Iyengar Yoga class or four hours in the case of a heavy meal.

    …and please, no scents, makes good sense.

Waiver forms
We require students to sign a waiver twice a year (January and July).
Click here to download the Waiver Q & A.
Click here to  download a copy of the Waiver.
Save time and bring a signed copy with you

 



Follow us on Facebook and see below for various resources for sustaining your practice.

HOME PRACTICE SEQUENCES
WITH KELLY MURPHY

Go to Iyengar Kelly's YouTube Channel HERE
OR Kelly Murphy YouTube Channel HERE

 

Keep scrolling for more home practice resources.

 

Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada
www.iyengaryogacanada.ca

Iyengar Yoga Centre of Victoria
www.iyengaryogacentre.ca
The Iyengar Yoga Centre Newsletter has been in publication for over thirty years. Its arrival is eagerly anticipated by knowledge seekers through out the world. The newsletter provides a forum where both the novice and experienced Iyengar Yoga student can share relevant opinions and experiences. It encourages students to delve more deeply into the ancient teachings of yoga thereby helping readers to cope with and transcend the turmoil of modern life.
Click HERE for Victoria Newsletters

The Yoga Space (Vancouver)
www.theyogaspace.ca

BKS Iyengar Official Site
www.bksiyengar.com

 

HOME PRACTICE

Yoga with Lin and Leo YouTube channel - Lots of videos of various lengths for beginners
Click HERE

 Krisna Zawaduk, Senior Iyengar teacher from Kelowna Yoga House is offering YouTube practices on her YouTube page. You can visit her youtube channel:  HERE  

JAYNE LLOYD-JONES, Salt Spring Island BC – We live in the small community of Ganges, on Salt Spring Island, BC, one of the Southern Gulf Islands with a population of 10,000. Our yoga studio, Yoga In Salt Spring, has a loyal following of Iyengar yoga students, and we are often joined by guests staying at our B&B, Hedgerow House.

During this period of isolation, I have committed to posting a class each week on the Yoga in Salt Spring channel on YouTube. I wanted to make it accessible to everyone, and have simply asked for donations to your local Food Bank in return. This seems the right thing to do in these difficult times.

Wishing everyone good health and the rare opportunity to go deeper in both practice and reflection during these unusual times.

 

 

 

Click HERE for a compilation of online Iyengar Yoga Teaching. Compiled by Austin Iyengar Yoga.

HOME PRACTICE

Click HERE for an excellent video on creating Yoga Props with what you have at home.

Click HERE for a compilation of online Iyengar Yoga Teaching.
Compiled by Austin Iyengar Yoga.

To my community of Iyengar Yoga practitioners, here is a practice for the respiratory system. Please study, read, and share! Lois Steinberg
Practice for the respiratory system - Click HERE

Covid-19 Recovery: A Suggested Yoga Programme

The IY(UK) Therapy Committee has created a video and compiled a booklet with a suggested yoga programme to support recovery from Covid-19 - Click HERE


Beginning Your Practice: beginning asana sequence - Joan White
Click HERE

Level I and II Home Practice Sequences 
These sequences for practice were prepared by the faculty of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York. The four Level I sequences include asanas from the Level I syllabus including Salamba sarvangasana; the four Level II sequences include poses from the Level II syllabus including Salamba sirsasana. Timings are given for some poses; students are encouraged to do others according to their capacity; repetitions are recommended over timings, to avoid strain.
 
You are welcome to practice the sequences, and to print and distribute them with credit to the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York / Iyengar Yoga Association of Greater New York. © IYAGNY
 
Click HERE for Level I sequences
Click HERE for Level 1,2 sequences

 

 PRACTICES TO STRENGTHEN IMMUNITY

Facing the Corona virus, Eyal Shifroni was asked by the Chinese Iyengar Yoga Association to provide a sequence to strengthen the immune system. Click HERE to go to You Tube video of practice

 30 minute practice to strengthen immunity - Eyal Shironi

Hold each pose 3 to 5 min
Bhismacarya (heart and head on blocks, pelvis on bolster, legs belted)
Adho Mukha Svanasana (hands on blocks slanted @ wall)
Uttanasana (head supported)
Prasarita Padottanasana (feet belted)
Salamba Sirasasana (head stand or alternate)
Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana (on chair, head supported)
Sarvangasana (on chair, classic or alternate)
Savasana (with weight on thighs)

 

This sequence was given by Guruji at the time that the institute had to close for the swine Flu
Pune Aug 11 2009 Click HERE

Morning Practice (approx. 1 hour)
Uttanasana 5 mins
Adho Mukha Svanasana 5 mins
Prasarita Padottanasana 3 mins
Sirsasana 10 to 15 mins
(5 mins straight and 10 mins cycle of variations)
Viparita Dandasana 5 mins
Sarvangasana 10 mins
Halasana 5 mins
Sarvangasana & cycle 5 mins
Setubandha Sarvangasana 5 mins
Viparita Karani 5 mins
Savasana with viloma or Ujjayi 10 mins

 Evening Practice (approx. 45 mins)
Sirsasana 10 mins
Sarvangasana 10 mins
Halasana 5 mins
Setubandha Sarvangasana

Steph Tencer Yoga - YouTube Channel
Click HERE

Iyengar Yoga Self Practice Resources – Iyengar Yoga maida vale
Click HERE

I Am Yoga!
For parents/grandparents and children everywhere.
Enjoy a reading for children about yoga HERE

What Do the Words on the Wall in our Studio Mean to You? 
by Kelly Murphy - watch this YouTube video HERE


HOME PRACTICE SEQUENCES
WITH KELLY MURPHY

Go to Iyengar Kelly's YouTube Channel HERE
OR Kelly Murphy YouTube Channel HERE

 

The Invocation to Patanjali
To the noblest of sages, Patanjali
Who gave Yoga for serenity of mind,
Grammar for purity of speech,
And Medicine for perfection of the body, I bow.

I prostrate before Patanjali,
Whose upper body has a human form,
Whose arms hold a conch and disc,
Who is crowned by a thousand-headed cobra,
O incarnation of Adisesa, my salutations to Thee.

Yogena cittasya padena vacam
Malam sarirasya ca vaidyakena
Yopakarottam pravaram muninam
Patanjalim pranjalir anato'smi

Abahu purusakaram
Sankha carkrasi dharinam
Sahasra sirasam svetam
pranamami patanjalim

hari aum

Audio chant by B.K.S. Iyengar click here

EXPLORING THE INVOCATION TO PATANJALI
Download the PDF article HERE
(Iyengar Yoga Centre of Victoria - Newsletter Summer 2011)

 

Song of the Soul by Adi Shankaracharya
This song/poem can be found at the closing of the Introduction
in BKS Iyengar’s Light on Yoga.

I am neither ego nor reason, I am neither mind nor thought,
I cannot be heard nor cast into words, nor by smell nor sight ever caught:
In light and wind I am not found, nor yet in earth and sky –
Consciousness and joy incarnate, Bliss of the Blissful am I.

I have no name, I have no life, I breathe no vital air,
No elements have moulded me, no bodily stench is my lair:
I have no speech, no hands and feet, nor means of evolution –
Consciousness and joy am I, and Bliss in dissolution.

I cast aside hatred and passion, I conquered delusion and greed;
No touch of pride caressed me, so envy never did breed:
Beyond all faith, past reach of wealth, past freedom, past desire,
Consciousness and joy am I, and Bliss is my attire.

Virtue and vice, or pleasure and pain are not my heritage,
Nor sacred texts, nor offerings, nor prayer, nor pilgrimage:
I am neither food, nor eating, nor yet the eater am I –
Consciousness and joy incarnate, Bliss of the Blissful am I.

I have no misgiving of death, no chasms of race divide me,
No parent ever called me child, no bond of birth ever tied me:
I am neither disciple nor master, I have no kin, no friend –
Consciousness and joy am I, and merging in Bliss is my end.

Neither knowable, knowledge, nor knower am I, formless is my form,
I dwell within the senses but they are not my home:
Ever serenely balanced, I am neither free nor bound –
Consciousness and joy am I, and Bliss is where I am found.

 

Adi Shankaracharya was a renowned Indian sage and philosopher who is credited with revival and unification of various schools thought in Hinduism through his doctrine of Advaita Vedanta. Advaita refers to the idea that the true self (atman) is the same as the supreme universal spirit (brahman). Having lived in the 8th century AD, Adi Shankaracharya used to compose many poems and chants for his disciples to recite during their meditation practice to help them understand the complex nature of the soul.

Song of the Soul (Atma Satkam) is one such poem which summarizes the basic teachings of Advaita Vedanta. It is also a description of the state of samadhi – the last limb of yoga in Patanjali’s Eightfold Path of Yoga. In this state, the yogi (atman) has departed from the material world and has merged with the supreme universal spirit (brahman).  https://www.soulfularogya.com/song-soul-adi-shankaracharya/