Iyengar yoga is a style of Hatha yoga named after its founder Mr B.K.S Iyengar, by his students. Iyengar Yoga is differentiated from other styles of yoga through the unique aspects of alignment, sequencing and timing. The classes pay close attention to the alignment of the anatomical body by use of props and verbal and physical adjustments. Props are perhaps the greatest identifying feature of Iyengar Yoga that make yoga safe and accessible to every student regardless of their personal challenges. The props enable students to perform the asanas correctly, minimising the risk of injury or strain, and making the postures accessible to both young and old.
The development of strength, mobility and stability comes from increased timings and careful sequencing, preparing the students methodically for more advanced postures. Classes are diverse and dynamic with an emphasis on movement, direction and attentiveness as well as learning to stay and reside calmly in the body. Careful sequencing and a deep understanding of physiology allows the Iyengar Yoga teacher to structure classes bringing therapeutic benefits. Iyengar Yoga teachers and students are pioneers in developing and propagating yoga for medical benefit.
Iyengar Yoga is a sophisticated style allowing all practitioners, regardless of their experience, ailments and challenges, to access and reap the benefit of yoga through the intelligence of Guruji’s teachings. Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar made it possible for ordinary human beings to experience the wisdom of yoga in the midst of living an engaged rich life.