BKS Iyengar is widely considered to be one of the world's greatest living yoga masters and, more than any other single person, responsible for the huge popularity of yoga in the West. His seminal work Light on Yoga is the most published book on yoga ever written. In 2004, Time Magazine named him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He is also considered to be the pioneer in the use of props and making modifications in the poses to accommodate the needs of the student.
B.K.S Iyengar was taught yoga in his youth by his brother-in-law, T. Krishnamacharya. B.K.S. Iyengar developed his innovative and inspired approach to yoga through intense practice and self-study. His seminal book, Light on Yoga, has been continuously in print since originally published in 1966. According to Mr. Iyengar, "The yoga I teach is purely Astanga yoga, known as the eight limbs of yoga. My pupils who follow me call it ‘Iyengar Yoga’ to distinguish it from the teachings of others." Iyengar Yoga is differentiated from other methods by a world-wide, standardized system of instruction. Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers (CIYTs) undergo rigorous training and evaluation to earn their certifications. Only CIYTs are permitted to describe their method of instruction as "Iyengar Yoga." CIYTs are trained to provide clear demonstrations of each posture and are skilled in the use of simple props to maximize the opening and awareness of the body, providing support to the less flexible, and extra extension to the more advanced student.
Teaching is oriented towards gradual but steady progress, rather than quick and fleeting results. Each Iyengar Yoga class is a unique sequence developed by the CIYT to guide students through a safe and systematic progression. Through skilled instruction and practice, students learn to penetrate beyond the physical body to the inner kosas (layers) of mind, energy and spirit, gaining vitality, clarity and calm through the practice.
Iyengar Yoga is a powerful and sophisticated discipline which can be practiced in all stages of life. The benefits are far-reaching and will assist the practitioner in every aspect of daily living.
Most of our classes are taught in the style of Iyengar Yoga . This is a system of hatha yoga developed by BKS Iyengar and brought to the US in the 1960’s. Iyengar yoga is appropriate for all levels of students. Beginners are very welcome, and no prior yoga experience is necessary.
Iyengar Yoga is an innovative approach to yoga which emphasizes correct alignment and develops strength, flexibility, stamina and balance. Mr. Iyengar developed this precise system of yoga to help cure himself and others of physical ills and is now known internationally for his teachings. Iyengar yoga is also very effective in cases of physical anomalies. It is now chiropractically recommended for scoliosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, sports injuries, arthritis and other physical problems. For any questions or more information, please call the Yoga Center at 517.333.9883
For more information about Iyengar Yoga visit the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States.