Getting started on a home practice

Congratulations! You have made the commitment to starting a home practice. Eventually you will start acquiring props as needed. Start with these essential props:

1)Sticky mat


3) A strap,

4) A chair

5) 4 Mexican style blankets

Any chair will do, but eventually you want to get an “Iyengar Chair” with the back taken out as seen in photo. You can go to any office supply store and by a folding chair, and get a welder friend to cut the back out for you.


Essential props

You will find these books helpful:

Light On Yoga, by BKS Iyengar

Yoga, A Gem For Women, by Geeta Iyengar

Preliminary Course, by Geeta Iyengar,

Yoga The Iyengar Way, by Mira Metha

You can obtain these books through and Amazon.

In my blog I will give the Sanskrit name of the pose and the English translation. It is helpful for students to learn the Sanskrit name because it is the original language of yoga. When you learn the names you will be able to attend any Iyengar class worldwide and understand the gist of the teachings even if you do not speak the language.

You will see the word “asana” as a suffix for many of the poses. Asana means “meditation seat” as the original “asanas” were sitting cross legged positions used for mediation.

BKS Iyengar, the founder of this method, began yoga in 1934 when he was 15. He will turn 95 next week and still practices daily in Pune India.

Here is Mr. Iyengar practicing as a teen

Here is Mr. Iyengar practicing in his later years.

I hope you find these inspiring enough to start practicing today.


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