Iyengar Yoga is a methodical and deeply researched yoga system developed over 75 years by Yogacharya BKS Iyengar – exploring, studying, writing and teaching about yoga.
The Iyengar approach to yoga is firmly based on the traditional eight limbs of yoga (Astanga) expounded by Patanjali in ‘The Yoga Sutras’, over 2,500 years ago.
What is unique about Iyengar Yoga is that it is characterized in the practice of asana and pranayama with an innovative approach emphasizing precision and alignment, planned sequencing, timing and the use of props. This approach to yoga has allowed people of varying ages, levels of health and fitness to enjoy the benefits which a sustained yoga practice can bring – the ability to face the physical, mental and emotional challenges of contemporary life with strength, vitality, mobility, thoughtfulness and equanimity.
The term “Iyengar Yoga” was coined by students of Mr. Iyengar to distinguish his approach from other styles of yoga. He, however, has described his yoga as “Patanjali Yoga”.
What to expect from this method of yoga:
- Qualified and rigorously trained instructors committed to excellence in teaching
- A safe and systematic progression of yoga postures to develop each student’s ability and skill, both within each class and from class to class
- Sequencing that develops strength, flexibility, stamina, concentration, and body alignment
- Individual correction and knowledge of how to adjust postures for common physical problems
- Use of props, such as blankets, blocks, and straps, to facilitate learning and adjust yoga postures to individual needs