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Scientific Evidence on the Therapeutic Efficacy of Iyengar Yoga: A Compilation of Research Papers

Posted by Eng Kiat on March 8, 2011 at 9:53 PM Comments comments (0)

Scientific Evidence on the Therapeutic Efficacy of Iyengar Yoga: A Compilation of Research Papers, 2008 (PDF)



One of the greatest proponents of the ancient science of yoga, in this era, is Yogacharya BKS Iyengar, who has been teaching yoga for the past 74 years. An author of 20 books, each of which, has been translated in various languages. His Light on Yoga, first published in 1966 has been translated into 19 languages. His immense contribution to yoga has been highlighted by the fact that the Oxford English dictionary defines ‘Iyengar’ as a form of yoga. He has been recognized by TIME magazine amongst the 100 most influential persons of the 20th century. Today, there are certified ‘Iyengar Yoga’ teachers in over 40 countries.


His innovative use of props has made the quote of 11th century yogic text, Hatha Yoga Pradipika come alive i.e the young, the old, diseased the weak and the disabled can all do yoga and attain its benefits. These props include the use of blankets, belts, ropes, chairs, bolsters and wooden formations which make it possible for even the most stiff, sick and disabled to attain perfection in yogic asana-s with ease and gain benefits including good health. Iyengar Yoga is internationally renowned for its therapeutic value in alleviating symptoms of various diseases.


Despite several anecdotal and subjective evidences,modern day health care demands ‘evidence-based’ medicine and for any form of therapy (be it alternative or complementary) to be recommended as therapy, it is esssential that it should go through the very stringent assessment systems of modern science.


This compilation of research papers aims to present findings of some of the research work , on the therapeutic efficacy of Iyengar yoga, done at various international unviersities.

[Source: Light on Yoga Research Trust]




Yogacharya BKS Iyengar @ Russia

Posted by Eng Kiat on October 28, 2010 at 6:49 AM Comments comments (0)

Catch a glimpse of Yogacharya BKS Iyengar at Russia in April 2009.

A few months after his 90th birthday.


This is a man that was infected by the flu pandemic when he was born in 1918, suffered tuberculosis in his teens.

And watch how he moves in his 90s now. 


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Yoga for Series #1 - Breast Cancer

Posted by Eng Kiat on October 10, 2010 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Yoga in the Iyengar Tradition has lots to offer. Sometimes what can be shared verbally might be limited.


Hence whenever I find good stuff that goes beyond words, I would to share with you to see.

As the saying goes "pictures speak a thousand words, more so when there is a stream of pictures (aka video)".




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Flyer - Iyengar Yoga Balancing Rocks Studio

Posted by Eng Kiat on August 23, 2010 at 1:35 AM Comments comments (0)




A TV Interview with Yogacharya BKS Iyengar (my guru)

Posted by Eng Kiat on August 15, 2010 at 6:41 AM Comments comments (0)



This is a TV special show, where the youths of India meets and questions world leaders.


In this particular episode, Yogacharya BKS Iyengar was interviewed at the age of 90. Have a look on what he had shared with the audience. 



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-wKYe2zLwA




Back Pain? Iyengar Yoga Helps! A Harvard Medical School Publication

Posted by Eng Kiat on August 5, 2010 at 7:02 AM Comments comments (0)
A publication of the Harvard Medical School presents the contribution of Yoga to improve chronic back pain. This article refers specifically to the yoga that is taught in Patanjali Yoga Center, by certified teachers and that is nothing less than "Iyengar Yoga"!

"The Spine (a journal) study is the second of two randomized trials to test a specific form of yoga called IYENGAR Yoga, which is based on the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar, one of the world's most well-known living yoga teachers."




  









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