Iyengar Yoga is named after B.K.S. Iyengar who was born in 1914 in Bellur, India. He lives at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India with his daughter, Geeta S. Iyengar, and his son, Prashant S. Iyengar, who carry on his work as the chief teachers of his method.
Iyengar Yoga, one of the world’s most widely practiced forms of yoga, emphasizes correct alignment of all parts of the body within each yoga pose. This precision builds strength and stamina.
In Iyengar Yoga you achieve meditation in action. Students learn to exist fully and vibrantly in the present moment.
Iyengar Yoga is for everyone. No one is too old or too stiff, too fat or thin. A Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher can guide students of all ages and physical conditions to an experience of yoga which is safe, accessible and rewarding. Iyengar Yoga teachers modify the classic asanas (yoga postures) for individual students with the use of props — such as blocks, blankets and belts. Props allow for a deeper penetration into the posture, as well as a longer stay.
Students of Iyengar Yoga begin with elementary postures, with an emphasis on the standing asanas (postures). In time, other postures are added, including forward bends and back bends, twists, inversions and restorative poses. Salamba Sarvangasana (Shoulder Balance) is introduced as soon as students are ready because of its many therapeutic benefits. Each class ends with Savasana (corpse pose) or deep relaxation. Students learn to rest in a profound way, completely releasing the body while drawing the mind towards the peace within.