Iyengar Yoga is a form of classical yoga as developed and refined by yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar. This method utilizes alignment and breath to create integrated action and awareness. The hallmarks of Iyengar yoga are:
- Precision in the poses, utilizing specific anatomical detail to create correct alignment.
- An orderly, systematic progression of poses to develop the student’s ability both within a class, and from class to class.
- The use of props as teaching tools and aids, allowing students of varying abilities to work in the poses with integrity and alignment.
- Highly developed teaching methodology including the precise use of language, demonstration and teaching of specific points of action in a pose, and individual correction and adjustment of students.
- A complete approach to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual transformation, bringing the practitioner physical health and vitality, mental clarity and wisdom, and emotional serenity and poise.
B.K.S. Iyengar was widely considered to be one of the world’s greatest yoga masters and, more than any other single person, responsible for the huge popularity of yoga in the West. His seminal work “Light on Yoga” is the most published book on yoga ever written. In 2004, Time Magazine named him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
BKS Iyengar passed away in August 2014. His life and work brought peace and healing to thousands of people, and will continue to benefit the world for generations to come. His daughter Geeta Iyengar has shared these beautiful words:
“Only his body has ended. One person’s efforts from inside out, changed the acceptance of yoga throughout the world. Nothing was hidden, from the time he began to practice, to his illness and death. Even last night he was telling Abhijata, “I have shown you all these things, now realize them for yourself.” What he has given cannot be encompassed by words. If a disciple is more developed, then that person will understand. What can be said in words, is that he was precious to us.”