Iyengar Yoga was named after and developed by B.K.S. Iyengar who was a living legend, who taught yoga in a unique way to all his students. He found the meaning of the yoga sutras by his regular practice of yoga. His style of teaching yoga is called Iyengar Yoga and is now followed by certified teachers across the world. In the early 1930's he moved to Pune, and he lived and taught there until the day of his death.
Yoga became popular in the West mainly through his teaching which became extremely popular when he worked with the famous violin maestro, Yehudi Menuhin. His method is now the most widely practised in the world.
Iyengar yoga is accessible to anyone. Regular practice increases suppleness, strength and stamina, improves posture and concentration and quietens the mind to promote well-being. Iyengar systemised over 200 classical yoga poses (asanas) and 14 different types of Pranayama (with variations of many of them) ranging from the basic to the advanced. This helps ensure that students progress gradually by moving from simple poses to more complex ones and develop their mind, body and spirit step by step.
The Iyengar yoga technique emphasises precision and alignment, and quality of movement is prioritised over quantity. You learn to move with ease in your body while working within your limitations. This makes the yoga asanas safe to perform.
Yoga Props such as blankets, blocks and belts may be used to improve your understanding of asanas or to help if you have difficulties.
No two yoga classes are the same: yoga poses are selected from the different groups of poses to emphasise the various aspects of the practice.
Iyengar yoga is firmly based on the traditional eight limbs of yoga as expounded by Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras.