What is Iyengar Yoga?
Iyengar YOGA is named after its founder BKS Iyengar, (1918 – 2014). Born in India, BKS Iyengar was key in spreading Yoga Europe , USA and the rest of the world.
Iyengar yoga is a form of hatha yoga.
It places strong emphasis on correct use of muscles, bones and joints to achieve correct posture and proper alignment of the body.
This develops awareness and intelligence in the body producing a chemical reaction in the body that releases tension and stress in the mind and body.
After an Iyengar yoga session, you will feel yourself standing straighter, feeling stretched and relaxed!
Born in Southern India in 1918, he suffered from many illnesses such as malaria, tuberculosis and typhoid but he soon found that by doing yoga, his health vastly improved. Through his own practice, he developed a form of yoga practice where his teachings are now incorporated into many other forms of yoga, exercise and therapy.
Yoga became popular in Europe, Canada and The United States mainly through the teachings of B.K.S Iyengar. His method is now the most widely practised by millions of practitioners throughout the world.
B.K.S Iyengar introduced props into the modern practice of yoga to allow all yoga practitioners to get maximum results from their practice. The use of props encourage students, bolster confidence, and create optimal body alignment, helping those who are inflexible or weak.
In 2004, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. This year, he is one of the nominees for The Greatest Indian since Mahatma Gandhi, chosen for having qualities of being most influential, iconic, and inspirational. His contribution to the ancient art of yoga is truly remarkable.
Iyengar Yoga Method
Benefits of Iyengar Yoga
A dedicated Iyengar Yoga practice will slowly bring major changes into one's life. The following is the list of some benefits:
- Increase flexibility, agility and coordination;
- Tone, firm and strengthen muscles;
- Improve posture;
- Improve circulation;
- Balance the functioning of organs and glands;
- Regulate weight control;
- Increase stamina and endurance;
- Relieve many back, neck, and other health problems;
- Enhance performance in sport and other physical activities;
- Improve concentration and mental clarity;
- Reduce stress and learn relaxation techniques;
- Create a feeling of confidence and well being.