14 Dec. 1918 - 20 Aug. 2014
Iyengar Yoga, based on the teachings of living yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar, is rooted in the 2,500 year old classical yoga tradition of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. One of the world’s most widely practiced forms of yoga, Iyengar Yoga emphasizes alignment of body, breath, mind, and spirit within each yoga pose. This precision builds strength and stamina, balance and flexibility, avoids injury and maximizes benefits, and provides a deep sense of well being.
B.K.S. Iyengar brought yoga to the west with his pioneering teaching in the 1960’s and 70’s, ushering in today’s explosive growth in the popularity of yoga. For his seminal role in making yoga a ubiquitous element of mainstream culture, Time Magazine declared Mr. Iyengar to be one of the 100 “most powerful and influential people” in the world.
One of the many reasons for this is Mr. Iyengar’s development of yoga props, which revolutionized yoga teaching. Now used in yoga classes of all styles, the skillful use of equipment such as chairs, straps, blocks, etc. enables everyone regardless of age, strength, or flexibility to benefit from the study and practice of yoga.
Iyengar Yoga instructors must train for years and pass rigorous assessments to receive certification to teach. This is unusual at a time when teachers can be certified in a month in some other methods. Our teachers are thoroughly grounded in anatomy, philosophy, and all aspects of yoga asana.
Iyengar Yoga is far more than simple exercise. What elevates the practice of asana from exercise to yoga is intelligent action and the infusion of awareness throughout your entire being when practicing the poses. When you refine what might otherwise be purely mechanical movement with intelligent action, you transform your practice into a meditation in motion that illuminates the previously dark, unconscious areas of your body and mind with the light of awareness.