Iyengar Yoga

Yoga in the Iyengar Tradition

Iyengar Yoga is a thoroughly researched framework which has been developed over 70 years by Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar. He is the world's most respected representative of the science of Hatha Yoga - the practice of Yoga postures. Mr Iyengar's teaching is characterised by perfectionism, sharp observation of his pupils by him and by the scientific foundation the practice is based upon. For Mr. Iyengar, Yoga is a philosophy, a science and an art.

Iyengar's emphasis is placed on the precise alignment of the various body parts so that each individual part as well as the entire physiological system that it belongs to may function to the best of their abilities.

The accurate alignment of each body part affects the skin, inner organs and the musculoskeletal structure of the body. Regular practice of Yoga can give a variety of different effects: building stamina and concentration, energizing, calming the mind, preparing for emotional challenges, stimulating the circulation, giving a sense of inner and outer balance called equanimity. The postures are more than physical exercise as they involve both psychological and physiological processes.

Mr.  Iyengar has also developed the use of props to help the body into the correct positions required. By using props (such as wooden blocks, straps, ropes and blankets), people with different capabilities are able to build strength and gain flexibility gradually without the threat of strain. His method of teaching helps people to progress steadily from beginner to proficient level, taking into account their individual circumstances.

NOTE: The correct and  safe use of "props" requires many years of training by Iyengar Yoga teachers.