Who We Are...
Originally established in 1996, Calgary's Yoga Studio Sarana is a continuation of Calgary's oldest Yoga Studio, with some of the best trained teachers in the city. Our goal is to teach the correct foundational principles of Yoga, and to create freedom in the body, mind and spirit. We believe a good Yoga practice can relieve many ailments, uplift your mood, give you more energy and be a lot of fun, all at the same time.
We are passionate about the art, science and philosophy of Yoga as was taught by Guruji B.K.S Iyengar, one of the greatest legends in the world of Yoga.
Who is B.K.S Iyengar ?
Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar was born in 1918 in the tiny village of Bellur, Karnataka. After several years of battling childhood illnesses, he began to improve his health by practicing yoga under his brother-in-law and reknowned master Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya in Mysore, India.
He began teaching women's classes in Pune in 1936 under the insistence of his guru, and since then, his teachings have spread to all corners of the world. Until his most recent passing, B.K.S was assisted by his son Prashant and daughter Geeta, at his Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India. However, there are Iyengar institutes all over the world where his methods are taught, and many yoga centers offer Iyengar classes. In addition to developing and popularizing his style of practice, Iyengar's books are highly revered and have become classic yoga texts. Chief among them is Light on Yoga, first published in 1966, which outlines basic yogic philosophy, as well as describes and illustrates hundreds of yoga asanas (poses) and many breathing techniques. Other important books by Iyengar include Light on Pranayama, which focuses on breath work, and Light on The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, which is a translation and interpretation of the ancient Yoga Sutras, from which Iyengar drew the philosophical groundwork for his method of yoga.
The Iyengar Method
Iyengar's method, rooted in the Ashtanga (Eight-Limbed) philosophy of Patanjali, is a form of hatha yoga (yoga of willpower), that strongly emphasizes the physical alignment of the body in the asanas, creating a sense of balance and lightness that will be reflected in the mind in the form of inner awareness and equanimity.One of Iyengar's major innovations is in the use of props. Today it is quite common to see blankets, blocks, straps, pillows, chairs, and bolsters being used in yoga studios. The use of these props is comparatively new in the history of yoga and comes directly from Iyengar. The purpose of the props is to assist the student in attaining ideal alignment, thus allowing them to have experiences that they wouldn't be able to otherwise.
Throughout his life, B.K.S. Iyengar refined his art through daily asana and pranayama practices, and his last book, "Light on Life" chronicled his 70+ years experience as a dedicated yoga practioner and householder. To read more, visit his official website at www.bksiyengar.com