• Yoga is the Sanskrit word for union or oneness.  A union of the body, breath, mind and spirit.  The most profound union is the one between the individual self and the universal self.  Yoga is not a religion but a science, an age-old art, a philosophy that explores and promotes health on a spiritual, mental and physical level. 

  • There are eight different paths or limbs of yoga:

    Yama
    Ethical disciplines, not to harm any living creature in word, deed or thought.

    Niyama
    Personal observances that establish discipline in personal life.

    Asana
    Yoga postures that promote health and rejuvenate body, mind and spirit.

    Pranayama
    The art of breathing and control of the breath, the life force.

    Pratyahara
    Withdrawal of the senses from the external world to the internal self

    Dharana
    Concentration, the first stage of meditation.

    Dhyana
    Meditation

    Samadhi
    To become absorbed in the object of mediation.  Supreme union of the universal and individual self. Complete bliss.

    The most widely recognized type of yoga in Western culture is Hatha Yoga.  Hatha Yoga, the yoga of willpower, encompasses the third path 'Asaana' and the fourth path 'Pranayama'.  The yoga asanas are poses that are designed to work the body from the inside out, thus promoting healthy glands and organs on the internal level.  On the physical level, with regular dedicated practice the body becomes strong, agile and flexible.  The practice of asanas and pranayama open meridians that channel and maintain the flow of nervous energy through the body.  This practice leads to pureness and perfection of the body and mind.  The body and mind learn to move in harmony as one unit and become absorbed in the infinite.  Practice of all or any of these paths of yoga can lead to this supreme union of the universal and individual self.  Complete Bliss!

    Yoga taught at JNS Yoga Studio is based mainly on the fundamental principles of B.K.S. Iyengar’s teachings. Mr. Iyengar a master of Yoga who lived in Pune, India. From his more than 50 years of dedicated practice and teachings, he developed a unique path to physical, mental and spiritual well being. He is the author of Light on Yoga, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Light on Pranayama, The Tree of Yoga, and many other noted texts.

    "My body is my temple, the asanas are my prayers." B.K.S. Iyengar