Yoga is an ancient art, science, and philosophy that emphasizes performing one’s daily responsibilities with awareness, integrity, and compassion. From Sanskrit, the word “yoga” translates as union of the mind, body, and spirit. For many, that includes an ongoing practice of yoga postures. Working through the instrument of the body, yoga teaches one to observe and integrate body, breath and mind, to penetrate beyond the outer, physical layers and reach the inner sheaths of one’s being.
Named after its founder, BKS Iyengar, of Pune, India, Iyengar Yoga is a complete approach to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual transformation, bringing physical health and vitality, mental clarity, wisdom, and emotional serenity. The system of teaching is methodical and progressive, emphasizing safety, alignment, and the development of exquisite self-awareness. He is the author of the classic Light on Yoga, which has been the source book for generations of yoga enthusiasts. Iyengar’s teachings have systematically evolved precise posture (asana) and breathing (pranayama) techniques with a firm philosophical base; according to this unique perspective, the asanas and pranayamas are the means and the medium to explore the more internalized limbs of yoga, including meditation (dhyana) and kaivalya (absolute freedom). BKS Iyengar revolutionized the art of yoga by introducing and incorporating the use of supports called “props” to facilitate learning and accommodate safe appropriate progress. His daughter, Geeta, and son, Prashant, are also accomplished teachers of yoga.