Pretty cool article about our Iyengar Yoga Community in the Spring edition of Flathead Living! Reading Kisa’s story and knowing that it can be the story of everyone who comes in contact with yoga struck me that ALL YOGA is POWER YOGA ! The very nature of yoga is powerful. It has the capacity to bring calm to a life that is hectic, to light spirit in an atheistic heart, turn an angry recluse into a vibrant teacher, and bring life into bodies and minds that are dull. It is the very power of being.
From the outside looking in, Iyengar Yoga doesn’t “look” like power yoga because sometimes we are steady, structured, and stable. However, I cannot tell you how many times students are bursting with sweat wondering how hot the room is and being baffled when I tell them it is only 70-73.
Yoga is a process of involution and evolution of the self, using every layer of our being for the cleansing and understanding of who we are at our very core. When we pay attention, focus our efforts, and light the fire of TAPAS (burning desire and discipline) there is no need to impose external heat … internal heat is enough.
We are all powerful and the tools of yoga bring that power to the surface for our benefit and the benefit of others. All we need to do is practice!