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What is Yoga? Yoga is one of the six systems of Indian philosophy. The word "yoga" originates from the sanskrit root yuj which means Union. On the spiritual plane, it means union of the Individual Self with the Universal Self. Yoga is the union of the body, mind, emotions and intellect. Sage Patanjali penned down this subject in his treatise known as Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
What are the different stages/aspects of Patanjali's Yoga ? Sage Patanjali's exposition consists of just 196 terse yoga sutras which cover all aspects of life. The eight aspects (astanga) of yoga are:
What is Iyengar Yoga? Sage Patanjali's treatise on Yoga consists of just 196 terse aphorisms compiled in the 5th century B.C. Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar has made it possible for ordinary human beings to experience the wisdom of the yoga sutras. He finds the meaning of the sutras by practical search and regular practice. Iyengar Yoga has shown and taught how all the eight aspects of astanga yoga are integrated. His style of teaching yoga which is now being followed by certified teachers has been called as "Iyengar Yoga".
What are the unique features of "Iyengar Yoga"?