Origin of Iyengar Yoga
The Iyengar style of Yoga was developed by B.K.S. Iyengar based on the ancient Indian tradition of classical Ashtanga Yoga as defined in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Iyengar began teaching Yoga in Pune, India, in 1936 at the age of 18. He was the author of many books including the classic yoga treatise, Light on Yoga. His commitment to the practice together with his teaching experience of nearly seventy years resulted in introducing innovative methods of teaching the art and science of yoga and meditation.
Iyengar was world-renowned for his therapeutic approach to yoga. He believed that the search for a developed consciousness begins with physical awareness. Iyengar effectively helped people with many physical ailments, including heart and stress-related diseases. His innovative use of supports or props allow students with ailments to be comfortable with doing the asanas (yoga postures) without strain or risk of further injury.
Iyengar Yoga teaches physical strength and stamina, flexibility and balance leading to concentration and meditation.
Benefits of Iyengar Yoga
Develops self-realization through inward reflection.
Promotes safe practice through attention to detail, self-awareness and use of props.
Applies intent and precision in each posture.
Explores consciousness and the benefits of meditation.
Explains the art and science of yoga, and how the postures apply to various parts of the body.
Suits all students regardless of age or physical condition.
Certified Iyengar Teacher
Iyengar Yoga teachers are required to go through years of rigorous training and evaluation prior to receiving their certification. We are trained and skilled at modifying asanas with the use of props to meet the needs of individual students.