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My First Class with Prashant Iyengar

Prashant is Iyengar's only son, the fourth out of five children.  He is a philosopher and a creative, critical thinker.  His teaching doesn't include the detailed, precise instructions so typical of Iyengar yoga.  In fact, he doesn't talk about how to do the asanas at all.  He will say, "Go into Trikonasana, and then talk about the deeper meaning of what it means to practice yoga.

For example, at the beginning of the class while we were in Bharadvajasana, simple seated twist, he said, "Asana is a means and not an end."  He spoke about our responsibility as practitioners.  "We are your instructors. You are your own teacher."

So my first class with Prashant consisted of fascinating, stimulating yogic philosophy and seven asanas in two hours.

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