The Moore American

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September 4, 2013

World famous yoga teacher coming to Norman

MOORE — Sri BNS Iyengar will make his first ever visit to America this month. Iyengar is being hosted by Ashtanga Yoga Studio, 120 E Tonhawa St, Norman.

The renowned yoga instructor will be in Norman from Sept. 13-29. He will present a free lecture at 6 p.m. on Sept. 13.

With over 60 years of experience with yoga in Mysore, India, he is one of the most senior teachers of Ashtanga Yoga in the world and speaks both Sanskrit and English fluently.

To study Asana with him is a deep glimpse into the tradition of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. He oftens says, “Practicing asana is like washing vegetables. Will you stand there washing the vegetables all night long or will you cook them and eat them?”

Asana practice is a means to an end for Sri BNS Iyengar. He encourages his students to look beyond the physical practice of postures into the more subtle practices of Pranayama, Mudra and Meditation. When these subjects are taught with chanting of the texts that pertain to them, as well as metaphors and stories from his lifelong exposure, they take on an authenticity and richness that are rare and beautiful.

BNS Iyengar opened Sri Patanjala Yogashala (R) Vinyasa Asthanga Yoga Research Institute on April 18 1984, at Parakala Mutt in Mysore. BNS Iyengar currently conducts Yoga Research and daily practice in Asana, Pranayama, Yogamudra and Philosophy at Kanchen Home.

Classes include asana, pranayama, mudra, 8-limbs yoga, Moon Day and Raja Yoga, Karma and Bhakti Yoga, the Chakra system, “Citta Vritti Nirodha” Bandha and more.

Asana practices with Sri Iyengar are a journey into the traditional yoga practices. The asana classes will be led with adjustments and traditional count. Anyone with yoga experience is welcome to attend, if the practice becomes too strenuous, you may always rest.

Pranyama is a powerful experience and deep glimpse into the yoga tradition. The philosophy and purpose behind pranayama will be explained thoroughly in the Beginning and Advanced courses. The methods will be clearly taught with emphasis on correctness of technique as well as safety. This course is open to all regardless of previous experience.

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