Light on Iyengar Yoga – Maria Hrisoheraki
Iyengar yoga developed through the pioneering work of B.K.S. Iyengar, who freed the classical yoga asanas (postures) from their Indian mystical character, and who, through the use of props, made them suitable for people from the West, who want to have a clear understanding of what happens during the practice of an asana. A typical Iyengar yoga class focuses on the precision and detail of the movements, the correct alignment of the asanas, and the study of the activities and resistance of the muscles and mind needed to enter a state of concentration. Emphasis is placed on breath awareness in each asana so that we deepen the experience. Through regular practice, the student overcomes their physical and mental/emotional limits and develops deep body awareness, strength, control, patience, as well as physical and mental harmony.
She was born in 1973 in Darwin, Australia and first started practicing yoga at the age of 13. Since then, she explored some of the most well-known systems such as: Sivananda, Satyananda and Yoga Works. In 2002 she began her apprenticeship in Iyengar Yoga and is now a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher (Level 3). In the context of her continuous need for a better and deeper understanding of yoga, she continues to attend educational programs and be examined in Iyengar Yoga at regular intervals, as a result of which she currently holds the highest Iyengar Yoga diploma in our country. In addition, she does not miss the opportunity to attend seminars with world-renowned teachers such as Lois Steinberg, Eyal Shifroni, Carrie Owerko and Sheila Haswell. Finally, she visits the Iyengar Institute in Pune, India for further training. In addition to teaching and attending educational programs, he has the pleasure and honor of writing for the leading health and wellness free-press NaturaNRG, as well as for the Greek section of one of the world’s largest news organizations, the Huffington Post.
She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Yoga Association of Greece and the British Association for Iyengar Yoga in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland (IYUK).
In September 2022, her book titled “Yoga for Pregnancy” was published by Nisos publications.