Links and Online Resources

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.

Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada
www.iyengaryogacanada.ca

Iyengar Yoga Centre of Victoria
www.iyengaryogacentre.ca


YOGA FOR SENIORS ........
YOGA FOR EVERYBODY

“Last week, one of my girls, Karen, brought in this interesting article about yoga for seniors. I thought it was so unique that I told her that I thought it could help a lot of people and that she should share it with you in hopes that you might spread the word about it for seniors as well!” Rachel

Thank you Karen and Rachel. We couldn’t agree more.

Here is the link to the article
by Aadil Palkhivala Yoga For Seniors

 (Rachel is a volunteer in an after school education program. In preparation for their annual Grandparent Appreciation Day, where the children invite their grandparents to come for an afternoon to receive special awards, play games, and participate in other fun activities they discussed exercise as one of the things that are important for everyone at any age and because of it, they came across our web page while they talked about it and looked up information about it online.)

 


The Yoga Space (Vancouver)

www.theyogaspace.ca

BKS Iyengar Official Site
www.bksiyengar.com

HOME PRACTICE

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

  

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/