Class Schedule at Iyengar Yoga Hawaii
Wednesday 4:40-5:45pm Backcare
Sunday 8:30-9:45am All Levels
For Cynthia, injury, illness and trauma have all been props or skillful means for her yoga sadhana (focused practice). As a result, she has dedicated herself to working with others to inspire transformation and empower life changes through difficult circumstances. Her spiritual journey began with an “Aha” moment in Japan in 1991 where she began to ask the question, “Who am I? And why am I here?” Read more about Cynthia’s journey here.
Cynthia has spent the past twelve years fully dedicated to yoga practice and teaching including eight years of apprenticing in Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics with Manouso Manos, three visits to study with the Iyengar family in India at RIMYI and the completion of a 3-year Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics Training Program, the first and only program of its kind endorsed by B.K.S. Iyengar. She is also a devoted student of Tsokyni Rinpoche and Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism.
B.K.S Iyengar was taught yoga in his youth by his brother-in-law, T. Krishnamacharya. B.K.S. Iyengar developed his innovative and inspired approach to yoga through intense practice and self-study. His seminal book, Light on Yoga, has been continuously in print since originally published in 1966. According to Mr. Iyengar, "The yoga I teach is purely Astanga yoga, known as the eight limbs of yoga. My pupils who follow me call it ‘Iyengar Yoga’ to distinguish it from the teachings of others." Iyengar Yoga is differentiated from other methods by a world-wide, standardized system of instruction. Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers (CIYTs) undergo rigorous training and evaluation to earn their certifications. Only CIYTs are permitted to describe their method of instruction as "Iyengar Yoga." CIYTs are trained to provide clear demonstrations of each posture and are skilled in the use of simple props to maximize the opening and awareness of the body, providing support to the less flexible, and extra extension to the more advanced student.
Teaching is oriented towards gradual but steady progress, rather than quick and fleeting results. Each Iyengar Yoga class is a unique sequence developed by the CIYT to guide students through a safe and systematic progression. Through skilled instruction and practice, students learn to penetrate beyond the physical body to the inner kosas (layers) of mind, energy and spirit, gaining vitality, clarity and calm through the practice.
Iyengar Yoga is a powerful and sophisticated discipline which can be practiced in all stages of life. The benefits are far-reaching and will assist the practitioner in every aspect of daily living.
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