Iyengar Yoga is the world’s most widely practiced method of yoga. Developed by Yogacharya Sri B.K.S. Iyengar, it is a form of Hatha Yoga that emphasizes detail in alignment, and safety in the performance of each asana or posture.
Traditionally, the practice of yoga asanas is just a small part of an ancient philosophy called Astanga Yoga or the ”Eightfold Path”, which was handed down from the teacher or Guru to the student, in order to bring about the self-realisation and union of the individual to the wider universe or Spirit. This union is the origin of the term ‘yoga’ to unify or yolk – or yog, in the ancient language of Sanskrit. The most widely referenced and revered text on the subject is the “Yoga Sutras”, written by Patanjali, an Indian scholar 1700 years ago.
The practice of Iyengar yoga has the benefit of being accessible to people of all abilities because of its use of props – such as foam bricks, blocks, belts and even chairs – which Mr Iyengar introduced. They enable the practitioner to experience the essence of the asana no matter their physical capability. Meaning that every body is able to develop improved strength, stability and mobility.
"Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured."