Iyengar Yoga is a highly refined approach to the practice of yoga. Precise alignment, use of props as teaching tools, and modifications of poses according to individual needs are the traditions foundation. Iyengar Yoga is a form of classical yoga as developed and refined by yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar. This method utilizes alignment and breath to create integrated action and awareness. Because of the nature of this guidance, the practice of yoga is made accessible for people with a wide range of physical capabilities. The benefits of practicing this tradition of yoga include physical health and vitality, mental clarity and emotional serenity.
| The hallmarks of Iyengar yoga are:
- Precision in the poses, utilizing specific anatomical detail to create correct alignment.
- An orderly, systematic progression of poses to develop the student's ability both within a class, and from class to class.
- The use of props as teaching tools and aids, allowing students of varying abilities to work in the poses with integrity and alignment.
- Highly developed teaching methodology including the precise use of language, demonstration and teaching of specific points of action in a pose, and individual correction and adjustment of students.
- A complete approach to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual transformation, bringing the practitioner physical health and vitality, mental clarity and wisdom, and emotional serenity and poise.
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.
|There are four main points that characterize the practice of Restorative Yoga are:|
Restorative Yoga uses each aspect of yoga practice, as needed by the individual to foster a sense of good health on multiple levels for the healthiest and most athletic student, as well as gentle therapeutic practices for students with health issues. Look up Judith Lasater for more information on Relax and Renew practice information.
- The use of props for support to release tension and fatigue.
- The emphasis on
- The use of holding postures.
- The refined art to suit the intention and context of each practice.
Vinyasa or Flow Yoga refers to breath-synchronized movement. One pose flows into the next, allowing your breath to guide the movement. The transitions between are smooth and dance-like. Attention through the movement is focused on the journey, where the transitions between postures (the spaces in-between) become opportunities to pay attention to create harmony in mind, body and spirit. Our offerings range from classes that focus on a slower pace, exploring healthy movement,to more dynamic flow. The goal is not necessarily to think of progress in your practice by “moving up” to the next level. Instead, we encourage you to find options that inspire, challenge and feel good to you! The majority of classes are ongoing, offered on a "drop-in" basis. If you are dealing with any health conditions or injuries, we recommend exploring our more alignment-focused classes or one-on-one lessons before venturing into flowing-style classes, so that you can learn which modifications will help keep your practice safe and enjoyable.
The hallmarks of Vinyasa or Flow Yoga are:
- Breath in conjunction with body movements.
- Creative & exploratory sequences that are intuitively derived.
- While alignment is taught within the poses, there is less usage of props.
- Building of internal heat, usage of Ujjayi breath, energetic locks (bandhas) and focal points (drishti).
- Movement to guide you into greater wellness, flexibility, strength, and balance and assist healing through internal cleansing.
Vinyasa Yoga was developed as an offshoot of the Ashtanga Yogasystem, established by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009). Jois was first exposed to yoga when he was 12. He learned from Tirumalai Krishnamacharya. Ashtanga, which literally means eight limbs, is characterized by fluid movements that involve distinct, but precise, breathing while holding varying postures. His influence and global following greatly assisted in the popularity of yoga today. Many different styles of yoga fall under the "Vinyasa Yoga" heading. These can include: Power Yoga, Flow Yoga, Anusara, and Jivamukti.
Kundalini Yoga is the yoga of awareness. Becoming aware of one's potential and tuning into our radiance. Classes bring an integrated system of physical postures and movement, breathing methods, sound and meditation. This is a unique experience for all levels of students.
The hallmarks of Kundalini yoga are:
- The primary objective is to awaken the full potential, namely to prosper and excel in all that we do.
- Yoga sets (kriyas in the exact sequence taught by Yogi Bhajan) are an orchestrated pattern of movements, sound, breath, mudras, concentration and meditation that guide the energies of the body and the mind to create personal growth and healing.
- Meditation is integral to the practice and may involve breath patterns, sound, eye focus, hand and arm postures, and movement. This supports those new to meditation who find silence and stillness challenging.
- Kundalini yoga classes consist of 1. Tuning-in, 2. Yoga set, 3. Relaxation, 4. Meditation, 5. Closing.
- Kundalini yoga classes engage and challenge each student at their own level and thus are doable by everyone.
- Kundalini yoga is a system for the householder, meaning it fits into a busy life with family, work, and play, and thus the changes you want to affect in your life happen much more quickly than in other styles of yoga.
Yogi Bhajan (1929-2004) touched the hearts and opened the minds of people in all walks of life. He taught Kundalini Yoga openly to the public for the first time in history. Yogi Bhajan’s motto was “If you can’t see God in all, you can’t see God at all.” He left a legacy of over 30 books and 200 manuals, videos, and CDs and was the driving force behind 19 thriving corporations. For more information visit the Kundalini Research Institute.
Jivamukti Yoga is described as a path to enlightenment through compassion for all beings. Jivamukti Yoga is grounded in the original meaning of the Sanskrit word asana as 'seat, connection' and relationship to the Earth. Earth implies all of life. Citing Patanjali's Yoga Sutra, which states that asana should be sthira and sukham (consistent and happy). Jivamukti Yoga maintains that one's relationship to others, (asana) should be mutually beneficial and come from a consistent (sthira) place of joy and happiness. This is an idea that, when put into practice, can dismantle our present culture, which is based on the notion that the Earth and other animals exist for our benefit. The asana practice becomes more than a set of exercises to keep fit, it becomes a way to improve one's relationship to all others and thus lead to Enlightenment and the realization of the oneness of being.