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Iyengar yoga is heavily based on alignment and form. Join us as we chat with Rick & Michelle Gindele of Santosha Yoga and hear their experience of Iyengar Yoga and its healing power. 

We are talking about these topics today:

👉 The Philosophy of Iyengar Yoga

👉 The importance of “proper alignment” for yoga teachers

👉 Rick’s recent experience of Iyengar Yoga’s healing benefits

👉 How to learn more or become a certified Iyengar yoga teacher

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About Michelle & Rick:

Michelle is the founder of Santosha Yoga and a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher (CIYT). She began practicing yoga in 1997 and started teaching in the Denver area in 2002. Michelle is very grateful for the opportunity to study the yoga sutras, yogic philosophy, meditation, and astrology for over fourteen years with her guru, GOSWAMI KRIYANANDA. Her primary yoga instructors include Craig Kurtz, Leslie Bradley, and many senior Iyengar Yoga teachers. Michelle’s compassionate and balanced teaching style incorporates principles of alignment, focused awareness, and mindfulness.

Rick a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) started practicing yoga on his own in 1984 when he bought a used copy of Richard Hittleman’s Yoga 28 Day Exercise Plan in order to relieve chronic back pain. In 1988 he began taking Hatha Yoga classes as a way to bring balance back to his body from years of serious athletic training and outdoor pursuits. Since 2001, Rick has dedicated himself to the study and practice of yoga.

Check them out online http://santoshayogastudio.com

Key Takeaways

[00:16] Introducing Michelle & Rick

[01:40] What is Iyengar Yoga and the Philosophy behind it?

[05:39] What does “alignment based” mean in the Iyengar tradition? And where did Iyengar come up with alignment based yoga?

[15:58] Rick’s personal experience of the healing benefits of Iyengar Yoga

[19:34] What is the first step in becoming an Iyengar certified teacher?

Quotes from this episode:

BKS Iyengar’s quote about yoga – “I just try to get the physical body in line with the mental body, the mental body in line with the intellectual body and the intellectual body with the spiritual body and and so they’re all balanced. It’s just pure traditional yoga from our gurus, from Patanajali.”

“You can reach all the other limbs of yoga through the postures.”

“The point of holding the poses longer is so you can go deeper. It’s an inward journey so you can go deeper into your own body into those different layers and you know, get to the core of your existence. And so it’s all that self exploration that you go through with the help of the teacher of course.”

“Another purpose of proper alignment is so the Prana does move through the body, less restricted and therefore there’s more healing that will take place and all sorts of other things can take place too.”

“if you want to learn more about the alignment than go to an Iyengar class and learn from your own experience. Experience is your best teacher.”

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