Learn about the Iyengar methodology
Iyengar Yoga was developed over 60 years ago by yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar. This type of yoga is still one of the most popular types of yoga taught today.
Yoga as taught by the Iyengars emphasises the integration of the body, mind and spirit. The Iyengar approach to yoga is firmly based on the traditional eight limbs of yoga as expounded by Patajali in his classic treatise, The Yoga Sutras. Iyengar yoga pays particular attention to precise body alignment, development of strength, stamina, flexibility, and balance, as well as concentration and meditation.
The Iyengar Yoga method is known for the benefits that it brings to an individual’s well being, through the practice of postures and breathing techniques. It focuses on correct alignment in yoga poses which are graded in a systematic program to take the practitioner from basic preparations towards more advanced poses at a pace which suits each individual.
The teaching includes asana practice (yoga postures), pranayama (breathing techniques) and an introduction to the philosophical aspects of yoga, for an all round and integrated approach.
Iyengar Yoga is practised world-wide. It takes its name from BKS Iyengar who practised and studied continuously from his teenage years to age 95.
To find out more about Iyengar yoga please also check Iyengar Method and Teaching System .
Trying to learn the Invocation to Patanjali?
OM OM OM
Yogena Chittasya padena vacham
Malam shariasya ca vaidyakena
Yopa karot tam pravaram muninam
Patanjalim pranjalir anato shmi
Let us bow before the noblest of sages Patanjali,
who gave yoga for serenity and sanctity of mind,
grammar for clarity and purity 10 October, 2014h.
Let us prostrate before Patanjali, an incarnation of Adisesa,
whose upper body has a human form,
whose arms hold a conch and a disc, and
who is crowned by a thousand-headed cobra.
As a way of honoring and remembering our teacher, Sri BKS Iyengar, we chant with gratitude and humility.
Gurur Brahmaa Guru Vishnu
Guru Devo Maheshwarah
Guru Saakshaata Parabrahma
Tasmai Shri Guruve Namah
Guru is Brahma, Guru is Vishnu,
Guru is Maheshwara (Shiva),
Guru is Supreme Brahman Itself
Prostration unto that Guru
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