• Quote by BKS Iyengar – From Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health

    “Yoga asanas (postures) are stimulative exercises, while other endurance exercises are irritative. For instance, medical experts claim that jogging stimulates the heart. In fact, though the heartbeat of the jogger increased, the heart is not stimulated in the yogic sense of being energized and invigorated. For example, in yoga, back bends are more physically demanding than jogging, but the heart beats at a steady, rhythmic pace. Many exercises improve energy levels by boosting nerve function, but ultimately, this exhaust the cellular reserves and endocrine glands. Cellular toxins increase, and though circulation is enhanced, it is at the cost of irritating the other body systems and increasing the pulse rate and blood pressure. Ultimately, the heart is overworked. Unlike other exercises, yoga results in the concentration of immunity cells in areas affected by disease, and therefore improves immunity. That is why the ancient sages called yoga a therapeutic as well as a preventative science.”

    — From Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health by BKS Iyengar