Iyengar Yoga is based on the teachings of living yoga master
B.K.S. Iyengar and begins with the art and science of
asanas, or yoga postures. His innovative method sets him
apart from other methods of Hatha Yoga because of:
• his emphasis on standing poses,
• supported inversions and backbends that
pacify the nerves,
• the use of props (such as walls,
blocks, belts, chairs, blankets, weights,
and other devices) to facilitate ease and
depth of learning,
• specific sequencing of postures for general and therapeutic benefits, and
• careful, individualized adjustments.
Yoga is a Sanskrit word that means "to bind together"or a method of spiritual inquiry. B.K.S. Iyengar says "it is the harnessing and uniting of the mind, body and emotions under the guidance of one’s intelligence." It is a practical method of physical culture combined with meditative attention. Yoga is freedom, and brings insight into the nature of mind and reality.
about B.K.S. Iyengar
Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar with his intellectual and spiritual practices has masterminded the techniques that can be used by all practitioners of yoga. "Research based experience" and "experience based research" has helped him in evolving this technique which is now known as "Iyengar Yoga". He has therefore made it possible for ordinary human beings to experience the wisdom of the yoga sutras.
Iyengar yoga is meant for all and is a way of life.
The use of props, designed by Iyengar, such as wooden
gadgets, belts, ropes helps the yoga practitioner to
achieve perfection in any asana.
Regular practice of 'Iyengar Yoga' definitely integrates
the body, mind and emotions.
To learn more about B.K.S. Iyengar, visit the Iyengar
Yoga National Institute of the United States website
"Venture from the known to unknown."
~ BKS Iyengar