Developed by yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar during his more than 75 years of teaching, Iyengar Yoga is grounded in the ancient Indian tradition and philosophy of Hatha Yoga. The Iyengar method offers students of all ages and physical conditions and experience of yoga, which is safe, accessible and rewarding.
What Makes Iyengar Yoga Unique?
Asana (postures) and Pranayama (rhythmic breathing) are learned systematically.
The Iyengar method teaches a safe progression in the study of asana and pranayama. The sequencing of the postures helps students to develop strength and flexibility, stamina, concentration, and correct body alignment.
Problem solving is the basis of the Iyengar Yoga teaching methodology. What is required of students of Iyengar Yoga is a willingness to learn and to face challenges steadily, one step at a time.
The aim and culmination of yoga is the sight of the soul. ~ BKS Iyengar
Called the “Michelangelo of Yoga” and the “king of yogis”, named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people, B.K.S. Iyengar was universally acknowledged as the world’s greatest yoga teacher.
Yogacharya (yoga master) Iyengar brought yoga to the west with his pioneering teaching in the 60’s and 70’s, the beginning of today’s explosive growth in yoga. His Light on Yoga, called the bible of yoga, has been the source book for generations of yoga students. His most recent books are Light on Life and Yoga Wisdom & Practice.
Mr. Iyengar’s invention of yoga props – now ubiquitous in yoga studios of all styles-revolutionized the art. Certified Iyengar Yoga instructors modify yoga postures to the needs of specific students using blocks, blankets, belts and other props. These props allow for a deeper penetration in to the postures, as well as a longer stay and a more profound experience.
Mr. Iyengar also revolutionized yoga therapeutics, gaining recognition for yoga as a treatment for injuries and serous medical conditions, and developed sequences of postures appropriate for pregnancy.
Mr. Iyengar passed away August, 2015. His son Prashant and granddaughter Abhijata carry on his teachings.