What is Iyengar Yoga?
Iyengar Yoga, based on the teachings of yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar, is rooted in the 2,500 year old classical yoga tradition of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Today, it is one of the world’s most widely practiced forms of yoga. The practice of Iyengar Yoga begins with physical awareness of the body. In each posture, every part of the body is acted upon with intent and precision. This precision builds strength and stamina, balance and flexibility and safeguards against injury. The practice goes beyond the physical being to embrace emotional and spiritual growth. The refinement of what might otherwise be purely mechanical movement with intelligent action, transforms the practice into a meditation in motion that illuminates the unconscious areas of the body and mind with the light of awareness.
The skillful use of equipment such as chairs, belts, blocks, etc. enables everyone regardless of age, strength, or flexibility to benefit from the practice. Each class ends with a period of deep relaxation when the student learns to rest in a profound way, completely releasing the body while drawing the mind inwards. As a student progresses, pranayama (control of the breath) is introduced.