What is Iyengar Yoga?

Iyengar Yoga– Iyengar Yoga is the world’s most widely practiced method of yoga

– the Iyengar method is a lineage taught in the tradition of yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar, a true yoga master with over 80 years of intense practice and teaching

– his method of yoga is accessible to all individuals as it is methodical and progressive

– special emphasis is given to develop strength, endurance, balance and correct body alignment

– poses are done safely and with alignment which develops profound self-awareness

– students in the Iyengar method can progress from beginner to more advanced postures as they gain flexibility, strength and sensitivity in mind and body

– B.K.S. Iyengar’s teachings are deeply rooted in the yoga sutras of Patanjali, who wrote the 2500 year old summation of the practice of yoga and follows the path of Ashtanga or “eight limbs”

– Iyengar’s teachings help to evolve precision in the postures (asanas) and breath awareness (pranayama) with a firm philosophical base

– as students practice each asana, the mind becomes focused on the actions of the posture and the movements of the breath, leading them to deeper exploration of the more internalized limbs of yoga, including concentration (dharana), meditation (dhyana) and ultimately samadhi (self-absorption)

– B.K.S. Iyengar shared his study of yoga as an art, science and philosophy and revolutionized the art of yoga by introducing and incorporating the use of supports called “props” to facilitate learning and accommodate safe appropriate progress

 

“Yoga is the golden key which unlocks the door to peace, tranquility, and joy.”

– BKS Iyengar

How does Iyengar Yoga differ from other styles of yoga?

The Iyengar method of yoga is accessible to everyone, regardless of age or physical condition.

Iyengar yoga is a very “classical” form of yoga with a dynamic approach emphasizing integration of body, mind and spirit through focused attention and concentration. It is precise and methodical and places specific attention to the body’s correct postural alignment.

From the introduction to basic asanas (postures) and pranayama (breathing techniques) as laid out in a syllabus created by B.K.S. Iyengar, students are taught to build a solid foundation in each and every pose. This allows them to improve gradually, safely and systematically towards higher levels of asana and pranayama. Therefore, beginners and more adept yoga practitioners progress safely in their practice.

Emphasis is placed on the development of mobility, stability, strength and alignment. As practice continues, a student’s ability to concentrate improves, profound inner awareness develops, and the asanas become ‘meditation in action’. Body, mind and breath become integrated, peace of mind is enhanced and all the major systems of the body move towards a state of balance and harmony.

Through the use of props such as belts, blocks, etc., the Iyengar system becomes accessible to everyone from sports enthusiasts to those with various health or physical challenges.

“Yoga becomes spiritual when the mind sees what is taking place.

If the mind is not seeing, it is physical yoga.”

– BKS Iyengar