Iyengar Yoga with Purnima


Study & Practice


Public Classes

Purnima returned home to O’ahu in February from a three-month period of intensive study and practice at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India (RIMYI). She has resumed teaching all of her regular classes in Honolulu at Iyengar Yoga Silent Dance Center and Open Space Yoga, and started a new class in Kailua at Aloha Yoga Kula.

Yoga SŪtras Study Group
Silent Dance Center

Discuss the meaning and practical application of the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali. Learn and practice the proper Sanskrit pronunciations of the sūtras in a friendly, open group. New and continuing students welcome!

Private Sessions
with Purnima

Purnima offers one-on-one sessions to help students develop a home practice and manage specific conditions.


Iyengar Yoga

B.K.S Iyengar was taught yoga in his youth by his brother-in-law, T. Krishnamacharya. B.K.S. Iyengar developed his innovative and 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. According to Mr. Iyengar, "The yoga I teach is purely Astanga yoga, known as the eight limbs of yoga. My pupils who follow me call it ‘Iyengar Yoga’ to distinguish it from the teachings of others." Iyengar Yoga is differentiated from other methods by a world-wide, standardized system of instruction. Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers (CIYTs) undergo rigorous training and evaluation to earn their certifications. Only CIYTs are permitted to describe their method of instruction as "Iyengar Yoga." CIYTs are trained to provide clear demonstrations of each posture and are skilled in the use of simple props to maximize the opening and awareness of the body, providing support to the less flexible, and extra extension to the more advanced student.

Teaching is oriented towards gradual but steady progress, rather than quick and fleeting results. Each Iyengar Yoga class is a unique sequence developed by the CIYT to guide students through a safe and systematic progression. Through skilled instruction and practice, students learn to penetrate beyond the physical body to the inner kosas (layers) of mind, energy and spirit, gaining vitality, clarity and calm through the practice.

Iyengar Yoga is a powerful and sophisticated discipline which can be practiced in all stages of life. The benefits are far-reaching and will assist the practitioner in every aspect of daily living.

Description courtesy of www.iynaus.org


Photo credit: Penney Sing, 1987, Guruji at Pali Lookout, Windward O'ahu, Hawai'i

Photo credit: Penney Sing, 1987, Guruji at Pali Lookout, Windward O'ahu, Hawai'i