Welcome to the Iyengar Yoga Center of Fort Collins, a studio founded by Certified Iyengar Teacher Cathy Wright. The Iyengar classes that are taught here are in keeping with the BKS Iyengar method and spirit of Classical yoga. BKS Iyengar is the founder of a system of yoga that brings the alignment of the body under the watchful eye of your awareness. The yoking of the body to the vast field of awareness yields a rich and awakened life. Classes follow the format of the system used at the yoga studio in India. The first week consists of mostly standing poses, the second week of forward extensions, the third week back extensions, and the fourth week inversions and breathing. All classes have a balanced use of the body, with twists and abdominal work used throughout the month.
BKS Iyengar is the most positive influence on my path of yoga understanding that I have ever had. He has touched my heart and soul deeply. The teachers who study under him have brought the best of him to us and I am happy and grateful to study with them and continue Iyengar’s devotion to wholeness. I am fortunate to have studied in Pune with the Iyengars’ on four wonderful trips to India. Oh what a big Life this is. Thank you Guruji for all you have done.
See you soon, safe and healthy,
Samyama means concentration, meditation, and Samadhi.
111.25: By samyama on the form of strength, a similar strength comes. This sutra uses the elephant for samyama on strength. Baleshu (strength) Hasti (elephants) baladini (power). The elephants and sages roamed the forests at the same time and the elephant became a natural animal to see strength and power embodied. But also present, and still present, is the vast sky, the wide oceans, the flowers,birds, mountains, and stones. Any object can be fit for samyama.
Our yogic asana practice culminates into a wholistic pathway when the mind is brought under control and focused on awareness of all things around us. Samyama is NOT merely reflecting on strength, or being nostalgic about emptiness. Samyama is a deep form of attention. At the moment of samyama self-awareness returns to its source. All inquiry fades. We come to know for ourselves what Krishna means when he speaks to Arjuna: The impermanent has no reality. Reality lies in the eternal, never changing. You were never born. You will never die. These are powerful statements of Truth. They may or may not strike a chord within you at this time. Practice unfolds daily, unceasingly, and never fails to reveal. Keep practicing at all the levels of the 8 fold path. No shortcuts! Practice truthfulness, vigor, down dog, breath awareness, quiet senses, meditation on object of strength, going deeper, and deeper, and deeper until you fall into the universe.