Iyengar Yoga is a style of Hatha Yoga developed by B.K.S. Iyengar. Now, at the age of 94, B.K.S. Iyengar is seen by many to be yoga’s most proficient and knowledgeable practitioner—an inspiration to countless students and yoga practitioners around the globe. During more than seventy years of teaching, he has developed an innovative and inspired method of yoga, which is taught under his name. This method is not only one of the world’s most widely practiced methods of yoga; its principles are now incorporated into the teaching of yoga under many names and into many other forms of exercise, therapy, and movement.
Mr. Iyengar is a pioneer in the therapeutic applications of yoga to the treatment of many medical conditions. Medical professionals in many different disciplines and countries have recognized his expertise and efficacy. His revolutionary use of yoga props and the intelligent selection and modification of the postures themselves enable students of all abilities to work to their greatest potential and overcome difficulties of many kinds. It is perhaps his greatest achievement that B.K.S. Iyengar has made yoga accessible to and relevant for all.
Mr. Iyengar and his daughter and son, Geeta and Prashant Iyengar, teach and refine this constantly evolving method at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune, India. Teachers and practitioners from all over the world come regularly to hone skills for their own development and to take back to their own Iyengar Yoga communities.
The practice of Iyengar Yoga emphasizes balance between strength and flexibility, the building of endurance, and the development of self-awareness through precision in movement and attention to the more subtle aspects of posture and breath.
Yoga postures help students develop strength, flexibility, and postural alignment. Through yoga students gain an increasing measure of control over therapeutic problems and cultivate increasing awareness of the body and the mind. The unique combination and sequence of postures help to exercise, strengthen, balance and cleanse every system of the body-musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, immune, digestive, nervous and respiratory. This leads to a variety of effects, both stimulating and calming, bringing balance to the whole system.
Internationally acknowledged as a modern master of yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar is universally honored for his understanding and teaching of the art and science of yoga. He is the author of Light on Yoga, considered one of the most authoritative modern yoga texts, and also author of Light on Pranayama, Light on the Yoga Sutras, Tree of Yoga, the newly published Light on Life, and other exceptional reference works.
(adapted from the Iyengar Yoga Association of Greater New York website)