ABOUT The Yoga Circle
Yoga Circle has been offering authentic tradition yoga in Chicago’s River North for 33 years. We boast a skillful staff of instructors and a well equipped facility.
Yoga Circle offers introductory classes for those new to yoga, as well as a wide range of pubic classes and workshops for more experienced students. Open daily, our practice rooms are fully equipped with all the facilities to ensure a safe and uplifting experience. We teach yoga, not just poses!
WHAT IS YOGA?
Yoga is a Sanskrit word that derives from the root “yuj” meaning to bind together, or “to yoke.” The harnessing and uniting of the powers of the mind, body, and emotions under the guidance of one’s intelligence is one aim of yoga. Wherever self-mastery or the pursuit of the sacred are mentioned, there is yoga. Techniques that develop the body (hatha), the mind (jnana), the emotions (bhakti), one’s actions (karma) and one’s soul (raja) are yogic paths of self-realization.
WHAT IS HATHA YOGA?
Hatha yoga is classical system which coordinates body, breath, and mental focus. Consistent practice over time structures alignment, releases tensions in the muscles , calms nerves,, increases oxygen absorption, changes brain wave patterns, and induces felicity through improved respiration and hormonal circulation.
WHAT IS IYENGAR YOGA?
Iyengar Yoga is named for yoga master BKS Iyengar (1918 – 2014). Called the “Michelangelo of yoga” and named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2004, Mr. Iyengar has been acknowledged as a modern master of yoga.
Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers (CIYTs) undergo rigorous training and evaluation to earn certifications. IYNAUS (Iyengar Yoga National Association of United States) certification credentials represent a high standard of teacher education, experience and excellence. Only CIYTs are permitted to describe their method of instruction as “Iyengar Yoga.” CIYTs are trained to provide clear demonstrations of postures and are skilled in the use of props to maximize the opening and awareness of the body, providing support when needed.
Classes incorporate the use of props – blocks, blankets,, belts – to facilitate alignment and create a safe environment appropriate for people of all ages, sizes, and abilities. Teaching is oriented towards gradual and steady progress in a safe, engaging environment.
Each Iyengar Yoga class is a unique sequence with a particular focus that has been developed by the CIYT. Through skilled instruction and practice, students learn to penetrate the physical body and beyond towards the layers of mind and spirit, gaining vitality, clarity and calm.
Iyengar Yoga is a sophisticated discipline which can be practiced through all phases and stages of life. No one is too old or too stiff: students of all ages and physical conditions can experience a practice that is profound, intelligent, and transformative. The benefits are far-reaching and will assist the practitioner in every aspect of living.
WHO IS BKS IYENGAR?
B.K.S Iyengar was taught yoga in his youth by his brother-in-law, T. Krishnamacharya, and refined his practices for over 80 years. He developed an 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.
He promoted yoga as an art, science and philosophy, and made practice accessible to ordinary people regardless of race, gender, age , religion, or physical capacity.
BKS Iyengar was a teacher par excellence. His innovative methods include:
(1) emphasis on standing poses to develop strength, vigor, alignment (2) use of props to facilitate ease and depth of learning, and (3) specific sequencing of postures for general and therapeutic benefit.
BKS Iyengar taught classes at Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune, India through his 80s, and continued daily practice there until shortly before his death in 2014. From RIMYI, the Iyengar family oversees CIYT curriculum, standards, and assessment procedures around the world.