Iyengar yoga, a form of hatha yoga, follows the principles developed by our late master teacher, B.K.S. Iyengar, of Pune, India. Named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential men of the last century, Iyengar discerned how to help people of all sizes, ages, and ability levels to improve the quality of their lives through regular, judicious yoga practice. B.K.S. Iyengar's intense practice and more than 65 years of teaching have led to these innovations in the art and science of teaching this ancient method:
- A complete approach to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual transformation brings the practitioner to physical health and vitality, mental clarity and wisdom, and emotional serenity and poise.
- Emphasis on standing asanas (poses) develops strength, stamina, concentration, and body alignment.
- A safe, orderly, systematic progression of asanas develops the student's ability both within a class and from class to class.
- Use of props, such as blankets, blocks, and straps, facilitates learning and provides proper adjustments to meet individual needs.
- Highly developed teaching methodology includes the precise use of language, demonstration, and observation, the teaching of specific points of actions in an asana, and individual correction and adjustment of students.
- Instructors guide students in using yoga to ease various ailments and stress.
- The Iyengar method provides a complete integration of the asana practice with the philosophy expressed in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.