Yoga for health in the Iyengar Tradition

About B.k.S. Iyengar & Iyengar Yoga

"Yoga allows you to find an inner peace that is not ruffled and riled by the endless stresses and struggles of life. Yoga allows you to find a new kind of freedom that you may not have known even existed."

                                                  -B.K.S. Iyengar in Light on Life

What is Iyengar Yoga?

     A refined, in-depth system of yoga that emphasizes safety, optimal body alignment, individual adjustment and attention to detail. It is uniquely suited to all levels of fitness and physical conditions, including the most inflexible.

     Iyengar yoga is classical yoga. It is based upon the teachings of Shri B.K.S. Iyengar, world renowned Yoga master. The Iyengar method is safe, orderly, and progressive. Postures are adjusted to meet the conditions and needs of each student. Strength, coordination, flexibility and an increased sense of well-being are some of the benefits of the Iyengar method. The philosophy and practice of Yoga encourage wellness,preventative care and stress reduction. Yoga is a self-help means to health, vitality, and greater personal and spiritual awareness

B.K.S. Iyengar aka "Guruji" 

     Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar (Dec. 14, 1918- Aug. 20, 2014) was named by Time magazine as “one of the 100 most influential people in the world, ” Mr. Iyengar is widely regarded as the most influential teacher in terms of shaping the way yoga is taught in the West today.  He made yoga relevant to modern life and accessible to a broad base of individuals, no matter their physical and/or mental abilities. Mr Iyengar is the author of the classic Light on Yoga, called the “bible of yoga,” which has been the source book for generations of yoga enthusiasts. B.K.S. Iyengar revolutionized the art of yoga by introducing and incorporating the use of supports called “props” to facilitate learning and accommodate safe appropriate progress.

Benefits of Iyengar Yoga

• Improves strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, & stamina 

• Opportunity for relaxation & stress reduction

• Increased sense of well-being

• A safe, orderly, systematic progression of poses to develop the student's ability both in and out of class

• Use of props, such as blankets, blocks and straps, to facilitate learning and adjust poses to an individual's needs.

• Highly developed teaching methodology including the precise use of language, demonstration and teaching of specific points of action in a pose

• Individual correction and adjustments of students.

• Ways to use yoga to ease various aliments

• Complete integration of the yoga philosophy with the practice of asana