Iyengar Yoga is based on the teachings of BKS Iyengar (1918 - 2014). Mr. Iyengar dedicated his life to practicing and teaching the art of yoga. His unique and popular method of hatha yoga is practiced all over the world. He authored numerous books on yoga including the definitive guide Light on Yoga. The method of study of Iyengar yoga is progressive with an emphasis on precision and form in order to maintain balance between flexibility, strength and relaxation. Through intelligent alignment, sequencing of asanas and timing in the poses, the practice of Iyengar Yoga can safely lead beginning and advanced students to a mindful practice that is absorbed with attention so that the mind and body work together.
Oftentimes props are used to allow the practitioner to go deeper in an asana, adapt to an individuals needs, make an otherwise challenging asana attainable, or provide support. In addition to his many innovations, BKS Iyengar developed therapeutic and restorative yoga that utilize the practice of asana and pranayama for deep relaxation and healing.
Here are the hallmarks of the Iyengar method:
- Precise instruction with careful attention to alignment allows each student to practice intelligently to avoid injury or pain.
- The use of props (blocks, belts, chairs,blankets) were developed by BKS Iyengar and used to position the body correctly for maximum benefit. The use of props can help to deepen the understanding of how to work in the asanas.
- Various sequences of asanas/pranayamas are linked together to produce variable effects on the body and mind.
- Timing in the poses varies to intensify the desired effects of the practice.
- Rigorous process to become a certified Iyengar teacher. Teachers become certified only after many years of practice as a student and teacher training under two Iyengar certified teachers.
To learn more about Iyengar yoga, see www.iynaus.org