BKS Iyengar, the world’s foremost master of the art, has developed an innovative and inspired approach to classical Hatha yoga. BKS says “the yoga I teach is purely Ashtanga yoga, known as the eight limbs of yoga. My pupils who follow me call it ‘Iyengar Yoga’ to distinguish it from the teachings of others”.
“Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame.” — B.K.S. Iyengar
Iyengar Yoga emphasizes precision and alignment in the postures. Simple props are used to maximise the opening and awareness of the body, providing support to the less flexible, and extra extension to more advanced student.
The props, devised by BKS during his lifetime of study, also help sick or disabled people to benefit from the asanas. At the Iyengar Institute in Pune, India, many very ill patients are afforded an enhanced quality of life, or even cured, without drugs or invasive surgery.
“Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.” — B.K.S. Iyengar
Teaching is oriented towards gradual but steady progress, rather than quick and fleeting results. Over a period of time, Iyengar Yoga becomes an extremely powerful and sophisticated discipline which can be practised to a very advanced age.
The teaching of Iyengar-style yoga is differentiated from other methods by a world-wide, standardised system of instruction. It is also the only yoga system with a recognizable instructor’s qualification. Below is the symbol reserved for Certified Iyengar Teachers:
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To dive in deeper into the methodology, philosophy, and ethics of Iyengar Yoga, please visit the website of the Iyengar Yoga Association of Greater New York.