Iyengar Yoga? Who is B.K.S. Iyengar?

What is Iyengar yoga? Who is B.K.S. Iyengar?

"It is through the alignment of the body that I discovered the alignment of my mind, self, and intelligence." B.K.S. Iyengar

Called the "Michelangelo of yoga" and named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people. Born in Bellur, South India, Mr Iyengar was one of 13 children and he came to yoga in his mid-teens. He founded the yoga style known as "Iyengar Yoga" and is universally acknowledged as the world's foremost yoga teacher. In 1937  Iyengar moved to Pune where he based himself for the rest of his life. In His first book ‘Light On Yoga’ – a collection of 600 photographs depicting all the postures and breathing exercises, along with detailed instructions of how to get in and out of the poses and what to work on whilst you are in the pose, has become the Yoga bible for thousands of Yogi's who practice Yoga daily, Iyengar method. And get this....at the back of the book there is a 300 week course on how to progress in the asana and pranayama. This is the time it may take to gain control in the asana. From very early on Iyengar wanted his students to practise on their own and develop in the subject. So far ‘Light On Yogahas been translated into at least 17 languages!  Mr Iyengar’s other books include 'Light On Pranayama' and 'Light On Life'.

In the 70s Mr Iyengar built the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Institute, dedicated to his late wife and where his son, Prashant Iyengar, and daughter, Geeta Iyengar, now teach alongside his granddaughter Abhijata. Iyengar students are welcome to spend a month working with the family – but be warned the classes are seriously packed.

"Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees." B.K.S. Iyengar

Thinking about coming to an Iyengar yoga class? Here's a little bit of background explaining how Iyengar Yoga is different from other forms of yoga. I highly recommend you try it.

Using physical alignment as a starting point, Iyengar Yoga encourages the spread of intelligence throughout the body, the growth of self awareness, and an experience of the asanas as a form of "meditation in action". B.K.S. Iyengar

One of the first things you’re likely to notice when joining an Iyengar class is the emphasis on technique and postural alignment. From the beginning Iyengar Yoga develops strength, stamina, concentration, coordination, flexibility and more. This structural alignment is obviously useful in developing good postural habits, but it also helps anchor a wandering mind, as the mind becomes more focused then the emotions also become calmer.  Secondly, whilst different poses are taught each week, every class has a sequence of poses which build in to a challenge and then quieten the body and the mind.  This way of sequencing poses (and not following a set repeated sequence) is an integral part of the method leading the student into a calm and grounded state. Finally, as the student becomes familiar with the poses and the body starts to open, time spent holding the poses is extended so that the practitioner develops strength alongside flexibility.

Even if you haven’t heard of B.K.S. Iyengar, if you practise any form of yoga, he has definitely touched your life. Few people have done more to spread not only the practice, but our understanding of what it is we are practising. 

MKb Yogawork will always incorporate the art, science & philosophy of B.K.S. Iyengar into our practice.

"Yoga is for one and all." B.K.S. Iyengar

Thanks B.K.S. Iyengar.