“I met Mr. Iyengar when I was around 25, when I was not in a good place in my life—I was suffering from depression. My first class with him, he made a statement that I’ll never forget. We were doing Tadasana, and he said, ‘If you open your armpits, you’ll never get depressed.’ And lots of people thought, what is he talking about? But of course what he meant was that if you stand straight and your armpits are lifted, which helps you open your chest, it will affect your mental state—it was the idea that what you do with your body affects your mind. That was my first introduction to yoga being about more than just the body. That’s what hooked me.”
Patricia Walden teaches Iyengar Yoga in Boston and holds an Advanced Senior I teaching certification. She traveled to India to study with B.K.S. Iyengar every year since 1976, when she first met him.
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