BKS Iyengar

Iyengar Yoga  is based on the teachings of living yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar. It is a complete approach to physical, mental emotional and spiritual transformation bringing physical health,vitality, mental clarity wisdom and emotional serenity. It emphasizes correct alignment of all parts of the body within each yoga pose. This precision builds strength and stamina- balance and flexibility – and a new sense of well-being. Achieving mediation in action, students learn to exist fully and vibrantly in the present moment.

The method offers:  A safe and systematic progression of yoga postures to develop each student’s ability and skill, both within each class and from class to class. Highly developed method includes

  • Sequencing that develops strength, flexibility, stamina, concentration and body alignment.

  • Relevance of practice and incorporation into daily life

  • Ways to use yoga to ease various ailments and stress

  • Use of props such as blankets, blocks and straps to facilitate learning and adjust yoga postures to individual needs. This revolutionized yoga making it accessible to every body.

  • Qualified and rigorously trained instructors committed to excellence in teaching

  • Precise use of language

  • Demonstration and teaching of specific points to develop understanding and intelligent action

  • Individual correction and adjustment of students, when necessar

sources: Iyengar Association of the United States and the Iyengar Association of Greater New York Area

The benefits of yoga are experienced with consistent, uninterrupted practice.

Flexibility , stability, and balance  are essential to all of us regardless of age but critical to maintain as we age. The practice of yoga can increase stability and reduce injuries and falls.

 

'Each instruction is like a dynamic mantra, that awakens and ignites consciousness in specific areas in the body. The way you present the asana shows the habitual patterns of energy in your body. So even if we imagine ourselves to be as a very spiritual beings, the state of our being is reflected through the physical body. We come to realize the big dichotomy between what we actually are and what we imagine ourselves to be!!! The instructions that were discovered by B.K.S Iyengar were meant to awaken the potential energy patterns in the body or the archetype, so the body functions in its natural state which is the expression of supreme Intelligence.”

What is Iyengar Yoga

What to Expect in Class

 

The practice is progressive, building a stable foundation before attempting more demanding work. Beginners start with standing yoga poses and are gradually introduced to a fuller range of sitting and reclining yoga postures, forward extensions, inversions, twists, backbends, and arm balances. Yoga is learned through repetition, practice and analysis.

The Iyengar yoga technique emphasizes precision and alignment, and quality and consciousness of movement is prioritized over quantity. You learn to move while working within your limitations. Yoga props such as blankets, blocks, and belts may be used to improve your understanding of poses or to help if you have difficulties and make the postures safe to do.

A student of Iyengar yoga builds strength where there is weakness, mobility where there is stiffness and gains a practical tool for mental concentration and understanding themselves better.  Regular attendance is recommended strongly in order to learn and be properly guided.

Students with limitations, conditions or injuries must contact the teacher to discuss the appropriate class to attend. Iyengar teachers are trained to deal with a variety of conditions and situations with the use of props and or teaching poses in stages to address students needs. But you must inform the teacher before class so that your needs can be addressed.

Class begins with the invocation to Pantanjali to whom we offer our gratitude for documenting the path of yoga in the Yoga Sutras.

I look forward to seeing you in class!