Yoga is the means and the end

of finding the true way home
True practice requires continuous awareness and cultivation of an inner flame
As this flame burns brighter and brighter ~ all is brought to light


and that which is non-essential 
is burned away


                      You know that you have found your way home
                      when all that remains
                 is love


                 -December 2012


About David Sirgany

An ardent practitioner of Iyengar Yoga for more than twenty years, David Sirgany’s active and engaging teaching style, combined with his depth and passion for the subject, make for vibrant and inspiring classes. He is an Iyengar certified instructor Intermediate Junior I and teaches both nationally and internationally. David has apprenticed under Senior Instructor Manouso Manos since 2001, and continues to travel regularly to India to study directly with the Iyengar family.When in India, David assists in the ‘medical classes’ at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune. He has lectured on the subject of Yoga at colleges and universities in the U.S., including UCSF Medical School, and has taught to a diverse range of students including inmates at San Quentin State Prison. David teaches weekly classes in levels 1-3. He has taught workshops in Pranayama, backbends, and neck and shoulders.

Yoga and the Immune System

By February 17, 2013

After a class at the Institute, I noticed a clipboard with the following sheets. As you can see, it’s A LOT of inversions. For the past couple weeks, I’ve been trying the morning and evening exercises in lieu of my yoga-off-day running routine and, so far, I feel great. I think the main takeaway for me is that it opened my eyes to new achievable goals. For example, the longest headstand I had been doing is seven minutes with the eventual goal of gradually getting to ten minutes, but the instructions indicate a five-minute headstand plus ten-minute sirsasana cycle in the morning and a ten-minute headstand at night–I have successfully achieved the ten-minute headstand for the first time, and by breaking the ten-minute psychological barrier, I know I can go even further. Similarly, I have succeeded in the suggested sarvangasana times.

While I have found it difficult to make time for the long morning session every day (especially if I go to sleep too late to get up early enough), I’m not fussed if I need to do an abbreviated session. I have been able to faithfully do the evening session, and I can feel and see improvement in my practice.

I guess there’s medical evidence connecting inversions to immunity system boosting. For me, it’s not really an issue. That sheet of paper has given me new insight into my practice, and I feel improvement physically and mentally. What was most surprising to me is in how much better shape my body is getting as opposed to when I was diligently running–my mindset was that shape was related to the cardiovascular workout running was giving me, but I guess that two hours of yoga a day really gets you there 🙂

Yoga is a constant learning and living process, and I feel like that sheet of paper has opened another door to the process for me…

About Chuck Han

CHUCK HAN is a long-time student of the Institute, and is also our stellar volunteer webmaster!