Balancing Body, Mind and Spirit

Patricia Walden took her first yoga class 30 years ago for reasons that were less physical than metaphysical. "My interest was enlightenment," she recalls. "I was reading Aldous Huxley at the time." But she was well grounded in psychology and physiology and devoted herself to the most anatomically precise style of yoga: Iyengar. After 26 years of teaching, Walden has become one of the leading proponents of yoga as a form of holistic therapy. At the Somerville, Mass., B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Center she co-founded in 1985, she teaches a class for students with "specific needs." She has developed customized posture sequences...

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