B.K.S Iyengar and Iyengar Yoga

 

BKS Iyengar believes that the body is the doorway into the soul. Iyengar yoga focuses on alignment and precision in the poses. Its methods include physical postures, where emphasis is placed on correctness and precision in the placement and alignment of the body and mind in the various yoga asanas, regulation of the breath (pranayama) and quiet concentration, which leads to a meditative state of mind. The purpose of yoga is to achieve a balanced, refreshed, and peaceful mental and physical state of being.

 

Through a unique combination of technical precision, the use of specific sequences of postures, by working in the postures for a particular length of time, and with the help of equipment called “props” to assist the student if necessary, the Iyengar method enables the student to improve mental and physical well-being.

  

  

Although it emphasizes the development of strength, stamina, flexibility and balance as well as concentration and meditation, it is firmly based on the traditional eight limbs of yoga as explained by Patanjali in Yoga Sutra.

 

  

 

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“When an asana is done correctly the body movements are smooth, there is lightness in the body and freedom in the mind”

 

This type of class is a dynamic one moving through the full range of asanas; we commence with a flow of standing postures, often move through backbends/twists/forward bends, and do inversions. While the class is very active, it is also suitable for beginners willing to challenge themselves because the Iyengar method is very instructive on teaching proper alignment in all the asanas and presenting variations of poses that everybody type can achieve.

 

 You need not be fit or flexible when you start yoga classes, but you can look forward to becoming fitter and more flexible once you get started!

 

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