Yoga

Yoga is a commonly known generic term for physical, mental, and spiritual disciplines, which originated in ancient India. Specifically, yoga is one of the six astika ("orthodox") schools of Hindu philosophy. It is based on the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali. By the turn of the first millennium, Hatha yoga emerged as a prominent tradition of yoga distinct from the Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. While the Yoga Sutras focus on discipline of the mind, Hatha yoga concentrates on health and purity of the body. In a general sense, yoga is a disciplined method utilized for attaining a goal.

Iyengar Yoga
Who is B.K.S. Iyengar?
Internationally acknowledged as a modern master of yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar is universally honored for his understanding and teaching of the art and science of yoga. He is the author of Light on Yoga, considered one of the most authoritative modern yoga texts, and also author of Light on Pranayama, Light on the Yoga Sutras, Tree of Yoga, the newly published Light on Life, and other exceptional reference works.
Now, at the age of 93, B.K.S. Iyengar is seen by many to be yoga’s most proficient and knowledgeable practitioner – an inspiration to countless students and yoga practitioners around the globe. During almost seventy years of teaching, he has developed an innovative and inspired method of yoga, which is taught under his name. This method is not only one of the world’s most widely practiced methods of yoga; its principles are now incorporated into the teaching of yoga under many names and into many other forms of exercise, therapy, and movement.

The Iyengar method
Iyengar yoga a complete approach to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual transformation, bringing physical health and vitality, mental clarity, wisdom, and emotional serenity.
Iyengar Yoga uses the physical reality of the body to know our minds and the deepest parts of ourselves as human beings. The infinite perfectibility of the postures or asanas provides a pathway into the development of our intelligence and our ability to concentrate and sustain focus. This intelligent practice develops our ability to grow and to separate what is worthwhile and productive from what to leave behind.

The iyengar method offers:

  • 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
  • Highly developed teaching methodology
  • Precise use of language
  • Demonstration and teaching of specific points to develop understanding and intelligent action
  • Individual correction and adjustment of students, when necessary
  • Integration of the yoga philosophy with the practice of asana
  • Relevance of practice and incorporation into daily life
  • Ways to use yoga to ease various ailments and stress
  • Use of props, such as blankets, blocks, and straps, to facilitate learning and adjust yoga postures to individual needs