Yoga for Moderation

In the Introduction to Light on Yoga B.K.S. Iyengar quotes the Bhagavad Gita VI.16 and VI. 17, ‘Yoga is not for him who gorges too much, nor for him who starves himself. It is not for him who sleeps too much, nor for him who stays awake. By moderation in eating and in resting, by regulation in working and by concordance in sleeping and waking, Yoga destroys all pain and sorrow.’ Often in yoga classes many Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers (CIYTs) tell their students to not overdo actions in yoga poses. However, many CIYTs will emphasis their yoga students to work more in other areas on their yoga postures. Learning how to judiciously distribute the correct amount of energy to different parts of the body in yoga asanas is a huge part of becoming a yoga practitioner. Not only do we practice balancing on one foot, our head, or our hands we aim to bring equanimity to our entire embodiment. We work to balance out our weaker parts with our stronger ones, the more flexible muscles and joints with the stiff.  One of the goals of yoga is to make the body as vibrant as the mind and for the mind to slow down and receive the messages of the body.

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