Cultivating joy in Iyengar Yoga practice helps us foster a benevolent attitude needed for spiritual connection. Iyengar Yoga postures can help us achieve a more joyful yogic state especially in Iyengar Yoga poses where the chest lifts. According to the 8 limbs of yoga santosha is a branch regarding the internal observances known as the the niyamas, 2nd stage of yoga. Santosha means contentment and its practice holds the keys to spiritual upliftment. B.K.S. Iyengar’s translation of Sutra II.42 clearly explains the paramount role of santosha from Light on Yoga Sutras of Patanjali ” From contentment and benevolence of consciousness comes supreme happiness.” Friendliness and gratitude are the crown jewels of a yogi or yogini.