Iyengar Yoga Tradition - Balancing Rocks Yoga Studio Singapore

The Iyengar Yoga Tradition

About Us

This studio intends to become the crucible for like-minded practitioners of yoga. We have heard many stories on how groups that went on back-packing trips started of as good friends and ended as the worst enemies possible.

There are a few key characteristics that continuously surfaced for groups that managed to keep themselves intact and had fun. The one that stood up the most is "being open-minded".

If this studio is viewed in a similar light to a backpacking journey, she will continue to include fellow 'backpackers' that will make this journey more fun into the group.

The key goals of this studio are:

1] To provide opportunities for students who might not have started (thinking that it was meant for flexible, fat-less, super-fit, injury free people) to embark on a journey that is based on their current bodily embodiment;

 

About the Director

His first encounter of yoga was at the intellectual level around '97-'98 while reading some travelogues, and had his first experiential experience in 2000.

The very first class that he attended was a total nightmare. There was like only 3 guys out of a group of 20+ attendees and the worst thing that happened was the instructor actually took out a bottle of coca-cola to drink half-way through the class. A feat that he repeated in the next class too. This was totally weird and he stopped attending thereafter. Luckily, the fitness centre too find him weird and in 3 months a new instructor was introduced.

He was not someone that jump into conclusion that fast, and hence he gave it another try. And he had never look back since.

In 2001/2002, when he constantly asked his instructor at that time that he wanted to learn more. He constantly got this reply - "You want to become a teacher?". It was puzzling to him! However, it also became the the seed that spurred him to seek out this ancient knowledge in the land of origin - India.

Luckily for him, the planning process and actual trip to India in 2003 gave him his first taste of Iyengar Yoga. He quitted his job with a good "career path", spent 2 months with the Chanchani. In this 2 months, he realised that the knowledge of yoga was as vast as the ocean, and he had only experienced a bucket of this ocean water at that time. However, he was very very very happy, as he knew this will give him the chance to learn the subject for a long long time. Since 2003, he has been spending 1 or 2 months a year with the Chanchani @ Yog-Ganga Centre for intensives, with Anjani @ Singapore for continous learning.

With his keenness in the subject, eventually he took the plunge to spend 14 months at the mother institute - Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute - to study directly with the Iyengar family with the support of his foundational building teachers - the Chanchani-s and Anjani. He was lucky that during this stint, he was given the chance to assist in the medical classes and Geetaji's classes with guidance from Guruji (Yogacharya BKS Iyengar), Geetaji and many of the long-time assistant teachers at the institute. 

 

Writing about oneself has always been a difficult task for him even though he has been a business & innovation consultant for more than a decade and a half.

Maybe let us first clarify that he is not a "bummer" even though he was away in Pune, India for more than 14 months. Let his credentials speak for himself:

  • was a maths wizard:
    • In '85, he was the only non-Raffles student among the top 10 in a national mathematics competition for lower secondary; 
    • In '87, he was selected for the Singapore Maths Olympiad training team; 
  • was playing at the international/national stage: 
    • In '88, he was on the Taiwan-Singapore exchange program for JC1 students for his bilingual proficiencies among his peers;
    • Between '84-'88, he was the table tennis team captain of Tanjong Pagar Constituency;  
  • was scholastic
    • He was a NOL scholar;
    • He was short-listed for Honors program in University but declined to start work with Andersen Consulting; 
  • was a 'seeker' for solving tough and interesting business & organisational problems
    • Between '95-'02, he joined Andersen Consulting and involved in large transformation projects in Germany and Singapore, dealt with start-ups and corporate venturing later part of his career; 
    • Between '02-'08', as a member of The Idea Factory, dealt with some of the more interesting questions - Social & Emotional Learning with 100+ schools in Singapore, Innovation Auditing of a HQ in Singapore, Organ Donation in Australia, Sustainable Food System, Design & Innovation, and Traveler's Cheques in India;      

This information of him is like a piece of paper certification. Some basic info that allows you to feel comfortable meeting him in person to see whether he may be able to either guide you, assist you, or share with you knowledge that you are exploring on.

 


Information

For more information on Iyengar Yoga:

Please refer to this link:

Official Site - India : www.bksiyengar.com

A few books authored by the directors of RIMYI (not exhaustive):

  • Light on Yoga
  • Light on Pranayama
  • Light on the Yoga Sutra of Patajanli
  • Light on Life
  • Yoga - A Gem for Women
  • Yoga and the New Millenium     

   

Why Practice Yoga?

"Words fail to convey the total value of Yoga. It has to be experienced."

"Yoga is a Darsana - a mirror to look at ourselves from within"

"To kindle the divine fire within yourself. Everyone has a dormant spark of divinity in him/her which has to be fanned into flame."

"Yoga has a threefold impact on health. It keeps healthy people healthy. It aids recovery from ill health. It inhibits the development of diseases. Anything that disturbs your spiritual life and practices is a disease."

"When an asana is done correctly the body movements are smooth, there is lightness in the body and freedom in the mind."

"To know oneself is to know one's body, mind and soul."

These nuggets of wisdom are spoken, over the last 75 years, by my Guruji (BKS Iyengar) might help provide you with some clues as in why one practices yoga. And hopefully these words might inspire you to start today if you have not done so. 

 

What is Iyengar Yoga?

Iyengar Yoga is based on the teachings of living yoga master Yogacharya BKS Iyengar. This teaching method and system reflects the essence of the "Yoga Sutra of Patanjali" for modern day context.

The mother institute of Iyengar Yoga is located at Pune, India named RIMYI (Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute). The institute was established on 19 Janurary 1975 and its directors are Yogacharya BKS Iyengar, Geeta S Iyengar and Prashant S Iyengar. The students from all over the world come here to receive the essence of yoga and learn the values of life. Today, the average time-gap for a student (with minimum 4 years regular practices) from application to actually attending a class at the institute is 2 years.  

Yogacharya BKS Iyengar's greatest contributions to this art, science and philosophy are:

  • Make it available to all - people of all ages, people with different health conditions, people with different level of attraction to the subject, people with different beliefs and religions; 
  • Make the yoga sutra of Patanjali come alive in his teachings so that the current generation of students are able to experience the wisdom that was codified by Patanjali (estimated to be approximately 2,000 years ago);
  • Make it accessible to all - authored the best selling yoga book of all time - 'Light on Yoga' in 1966. And since has been translated into more than 16 different languages around the world.