“It is through the alignment of the body that I discovered the alignment of my mind, self, and intelligence.” -B.K.S. Iyengar
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Before we dive into a deeper description of Iyengar yoga, here’s a little history about the man who created this unique style. B.K.S. Iyengar was one of T. Krishnamacharya, the Father of Modern yoga’s, most famous students in Mysore, India. Other prominent Krishnamacharya disciples include Pattabhi Jois and Indra Devi. Iyengar is one of the teachers who introduced his style of yoga and interpretation of the Eight-Limbed Yoga Path to the Western world.
Iyengar penned the famous book, Light on Yoga, and other well-known texts studied and revered to this day. His books Light on Pranayama and Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali delve deeper into his shared wisdom. In his teachings, Iyengar states that yoga is a classical Indian science dealing with the search for the soul. The word “yoga” signifies both the way to discovery of the soul and union with it.
In addition to his significant contributions to yoga philosophy, Iyengar developed his style of yoga that arose from personal necessity. He suffered from poor health throughout his childhood and could not perform the vigorous Ashtanga routines created by Krishnamacharya. Often described by his students as the “Lion”, Iyengar was fierce, disciplined, and stubborn. He overcame his personal health issues by experimenting with blocks, straps, and other props to achieve proper alignment in each pose.
Iyengar yoga is a slower, more deliberate style of yoga with long holds emphasizing proper alignment from the feet to the crown. Iyengar believed that extended time in each pose provided major benefits physically and mentally. The addition of props allowed anyone who wants to practice the opportunity to do so with proper support. This style of yoga encompasses a therapeutic aspect excellent for students seeking to recover from injury or simply become stronger.
Whether you are a beginning yogi or an advanced practitioner, you’ll enjoy this well-rounded Iyengar yoga program!
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