The Iyengar approach to yoga is based on the traditional eight limbs of yoga by Patanjali in his classic treatise, The Yoga Sutras. Iyengar yoga emphasizes the physical alignment of the body in asanas (poses) creating a sense of strength, stamina, flexibility, and balance as well as concentration (Dharana) and meditation (Dhyana).
One of B.K.S Iyengar’s innovations is the use of props, chairs, blocks, blankets, straps, bolsters, sand bags, benches, walls. The purpose of the props is to assist the student to attain ideal alignment and enable them to have experiences that they wouldn’t be able to otherwise. The method is appropriate for anyone regardless of age, degree of health or other perceived limitations.
Born on December 14th, 1918, B.K.S. (Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja) Iyengar has been developing his method of teaching for over 70 years. He is one of the world’s most acclaimed yoga masters. Iyengar continues to refine his art of yoga through daily asana and pranayama practices. His most recent book, Light on Life, chronicles his 70+ years experience as a dedicated yoga practitioner and master. To learn more about Iyengar, visit his official website.