Saneepa offers Iyengar yoga classes at the locations listed in the CLASSES tab. Private classes can also be arranged upon request.
Yoga is one of the six pillars of Indian philosophy and was systematised by Patanjali over 2,000 years ago in his classic work The Yoga Sutras.
A sutra is a short aphorism that communicates the essence of yoga in 185 brief phrases that can be committed to memory. In both Yoga and Ayurveda, intention is as important as the end result and as such Patanjali enumerates this intention in eight stages, which he called Astanga Yoga. The eight limbs of yoga are: Yama (ethical disciplines), Niyama (personal discipline), Asana (postures), Pranayama (breath control), Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (emancipation of the soul).
Iyengar Yoga was founded in 1936 by Yogacharya Sri Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja (B.K.S.) Iyengar. Iyengar believes that it is incorrect to differentiate between specific methods of yoga as they all share the same root and purpose. However, his name started to be associated with the methodology of his teachings and as such Iyengar Yoga came to be recognised as a discrete branch of Yoga. Yogacharya B.K.S.Iyengar is the pupil of the distinguished Yoga master T. Krishnamarcharya.
The Iyengar methodology is renowned for its safe, orderly and progressive approach to teaching the sophisticated subtleties of Yoga. BKS Iyengar is arguably the most influential yoga teacher in the world - having taught for over seventy six years and with more students following his method than any other branch of yoga. In 2004, Time magazine cited him as one of the 100 most influential people of the twentieth century. Now in his mid-nineties, he continues to maintain his daily personal practice and teach at major events.
Over the years, his teachings have been published in numerous books. His classic book, Light on Yoga, first published in 1966, opened up the practice of Astanga Yoga to millions of practitioners worldwide. Iyengar also pioneered the modern use of yoga for therapeutic purposes as well as the use of props to facilitate the understanding of correct actions in postures. The Iyengar legacy is being continued by his daughter Geeta, his son Prashant and his grand-daughter Abijata.
The Iyengar Yoga Certification Mark is an international symbol, which certifies the high level of training and continuing education in the Iyengar Yoga methodology and community.