A Bit About Us
In continuing the Toronto Iyengar yoga tradition, Yoga Toronto 196 has been building a strong community presence in a virtual space. We are now beginning a gradual transition to a new physical space.
196 represents the number of aphorisms in Patanjali's yoga Sutras which serve as the base for our studies and teaching. The Sutras are still the most profound and enlightening study of the human psyche. The Sutras show how through yoga practice, we can transform ourselves, gain mastery over the mind and emotions, and overcome obstacles to our spiritual evolution.
At YogaToronto196, we bring B.K.S. Iyengar's unique approach to teaching and practising — one that is focused on self-inspiration and which embodies the physical, spiritual, and emotional aspects of wellbeing. Let us show you the way to your best self.
Why practise Iyengar Yoga?
Firstly it’s a style that is safe for everyone to practise, regardless of state of health or age.
Its teachers are all rigorously trained for at least three years before certification. Thereafter, their accreditation can only be maintained by continuing practice and training.
Besides being an art and a philosophy, Iyengar yoga is also a science. It promotes mindfulness and is therefore an holistic approach to health. It can touch all aspects of a person – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
The lineage of Iyengar Yoga is traced to the sage Vyassa and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. This method of studying yoga is named after the Guru Sri B.K.S. Iyengar. It has been embraced by thousands of yoga practitioners worldwide. Students of this method can start at any age and can continue to practise into their 90's.
Props, such as blocks, belts and bolsters, assist the student with physiological alignment and support, thereby enabling the student to practice optimally at their own level with minimal risk of injury. Optimal practise explores personal precision and a sustained focus on the body’s feedback during practice. It touches on all 8 astangas. That is, yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and samadhi are experienced and explored through the lens of asana. Simply put, the aim of yoga is to integrate and unifying the body, breath, senses, mind and intelligence with the self. When practised this way it is a natural stress reducer and catalyst for personal growth.
There are qualified teachers on every continent, allowing students to continue their practice regardless of their location. A comprehensive list of all countries and teachers can be found on the official B.K.S. Iyengar site.