Iyengar Yoga is based on the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar, author of many books, including what many consider to be the bible of modern yoga, “Light on Yoga.” Mr. Iyengar is credited with bringing yoga to the West, and is named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people.
Iyengar Yoga is a form of hatha yoga (yoga focusing on physical poses). It emphasizes alignment of the whole body within each yoga posture, and is taught precisely, clearly and sequentially. From the beginning, Iyengar Yoga develops strength, stamina, coordination, balance, flexibility and more. Using physical alignment as the starting point, Iyengar Yoga encourages the spread of intelligence throughout the body, the growth of self-awareness, and an experience of the practice as a form of "meditation in action."
Iyengar Yoga uses props (such as belts, blocks and blankets) to make the postures accessible to everybody, regardless of age, physical condition or limitation. The use of props also allows for endless possibilities of deeper exploration, modification and variation in the practice of the poses.
The practice of Iyengar Yoga greatly improves posture, and will often result in reducing common aches and pains, such as back and neck pain, and headaches. The close attention of the mind to the body and the breath enhances concentration, reduces stress, stabilizes the emotions, and cultivates an experience of inner peace. After class, students often comment on feeling a greater sense of overall well-being.
For more information on B.K.S. Iyengar and Iyengar Yoga, please visit www.iynaus.org.