the yoga of Patanjali
Based on the Eight Limbs of Yoga put forth in Patanjali’s treatise on yoga, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, that was codified over 2500 years ago. Through the in-depth study of yoga and through his guidance, Yogacharya, BKS Iyengar has transformed the teaching of yoga for our time. What distinguishes Iyengar Yoga is the emphasis on the alignment of body, breath, mind, and spirit within each yoga pose. This precision builds strength and stamina, balance and flexibility, reduces potential for injury, maximizes the benefits, and provides a deepened sense of equanimity with all and a deeper connection to in one’s inner life.
B.K.S. Iyengar brought yoga to the west with his pioneering teaching in the 1960’s and 70’s, ushering in today’s explosive growth in the popularity of yoga. For his seminal role in making yoga a ubiquitous element of mainstream culture, Time Magazine declared Mr. Iyengar to be one of the 100 “most powerful and influential people” in the world.
One of the many reasons for this is Mr. Iyengar’s development of yoga props that revolutionized yoga teaching. Now used in yoga classes of all styles, the skillful use of equipment such as chairs, straps, blocks, blankets, etc. enables everyone regardless of age, strength, or flexibility to benefit from the study and practice of yoga.
Iyengar Yoga instructors must train for at least 6 years and pass rigorous assessments to receive certification to teach. This is unusual at a time when teachers can be certified in a month in some other methods. Our teachers are thoroughly grounded in anatomy, philosophy, and all aspects of yoga asana.
Curious about the certification process? Go to iynaus.org
Iyengar Yoga is far more than simple exercise. What elevates the practice of asana from exercise to yoga is intelligent action and the infusion of awareness throughout the entire being when practicing the poses. When refining what might otherwise be purely mechanical movement with intelligent action, the practice is transformed into a meditation in motion that illuminates the previously dark, unconscious areas of your body and mind with the light of awareness.
To learn more about Iyengar Yoga visit the official site: bksiyengar.com
“The Light that yoga sheds on life is something special. It is
transformative. It does not just change the way we see things; it
transforms the person who sees.”
Light on Life, BKS Iyengar