Iyengar yoga is what B.K.S Iyengar's students call the method of practicing and teaching classical yoga that evolved over 80 years of his practice.
Iyengar teachers develop a profound understanding of how the body works through their own practice. The tradition progresses students through poses in a mindful and methodical way. Students are not introduced to a new pose until the teacher sees they are ready. In this way, students move from the easiest to the most advanced poses safely and intelligently.
In the 1970's, Mr. Iyengar pioneered the use of props- sticky mats, chairs, belts, blocks, bolsters- in the practice of yoga. Their primary function is to help students gain maximum benefit from the poses they practice, not to make the poses easier.
Teachers certified in the Iyengar tradition are acknowledged to be among the best trained teachers in the world. And, in recent years scientific studies have demonstrated the efficacy of Iyengar yoga in treating a variety of conditions including asthma, carpal tunnel, high blood pressure, low back pain, depression, and chemical dependency.
B.K.S. Iyengar, who guided thousands of students along the path of classical yoga, departed this lifetime at the age of 94 in August, 2014. His books, including Light on Yoga and Light on Pranayama, have become classic texts and are used by yoga practitioners from many traditions around the world. Through these books, and other writings, B.K.S. continues to inspire and teach us. And, his family members, including his children Geetaji and Prashantji, as well as his granddaughter, Abhijata Sridhar, continue to welcome and teach Iyengar practitioners at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, RIMYI, in Pune.
This is B.K.S. Iyengar's centenary year. Guruji would have turned 100 on December 14, 2018, and many special events are planned across the world in celebration and with gratitude for all that he has given to so many.
To find other Iyengar certified teachers in the United States, visit www.IYNAUS.org