Iyengar® Yoga is a forceful and dynamic form of Yoga, originating from Hatha Yoga, which is the basis for all forms of Yoga.
B.K.S Iyengar was born in 1918 in India. He is still alive and has worked his whole life with dedication to further develop and systematize the traditional Hatha Yoga system. He has rediscovered a long range of Yoga asanas (positions) and pranayama (breathing techniques), which are now in use all over the world.
He manages a large Yoga institute in India, founded in 1975, where he and his children, Geeta S. Iyengar and Prashant Iyengar teach practitioners and teachers from all parts of the world. It is a vibrant and inspiring institute under constant development.
The word Yoga has its roots in ancient Sanskrit, and means to unite/join.
To join or unite the body with the mind and the mind with its inner self is Yoga.
The basic principles of Iyengar® yoga are:
Anatomical precision and alignment – How one positions different body parts in relationship to one another for a more correct and healthier position to provide an experience of greater alignment in the body.
Timing – Maintenance of a given position, which will be extented over time.
Sequencing – A method to practice a position in a defined sequence to maximice the effect.
Props – Equipment to support certain positions with a view to an improvement and understanding of the body´s alignment.
Props make it possible to practice asanas, which would otherwise be impossible with the risk of body damage or body stiffness. They have the potential for in-depth positioning for an extended time. The result is a reduction in irritability and discomfort in both body and mind.