What Is Yoga?

"Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one's being, from bodily health to self-realization. Yoga means union - the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day to day life and endows skill in the performance of one's action."

-BKS Iyengar


Iyengar Yoga is named after Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja (BKS) Iyengar  (Dec. 14, 1918 - Aug. 20, 2014) of Pune, India. He is one of the best known yoga teachers in the world and was named by Time Magazine in 2004 as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He is the author of many books including the classic work Light on Yoga which was originally published in 1966 and which is still used widely by yoga teachers and practitioners of all styles of yoga. BKS Iyengar and his method are known particularly for precise alignment and the development of the use of props to help students achieve maximum benefits from the asanas no matter the physical condition. Often referred to as “meditation in action”, practicing Iyengar yoga develops a strong focus of awareness which unites the mind with the body and breath. This form of traditional yoga practice is based on the eight limbs of Astanga Yoga, particularly using the tools of asana and pranayama to achieve physical, mental, and emotional stability. BKS Iyengar is also regarded as an expert in the therapeutic applications of asana and pranayama.

Unique Features of Iyengar Yoga classes

  • Teachers are trained to adapt the classic postures (asanas) for individual students.
  • Attention is given to proper execution and technique.
  • Emphasis on precise alignment and proper sequencing to achieve maximum benefit.
  • Detailed and safe instruction from highly trained teachers.
  • Continuous development from a strong foundation of basic action to refined understanding.
  • Classes are not scripted.

Our Teacher

Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar (Guruji) was born on December 14, 1918 and passed away on August 20, 2014. He was a legendary yoga master of our times. Through his continuous practice of yoga for over 75 years, he developed and refined "Iyengar Yoga", an innovative approach incorporating the science, art and philosophy of yoga. Iyengar Yoga continues to evolve from "research based experience" and "experience based research".

It is characterized by alert practice, precise direction, postural alignment (sometimes enhanced by the use of props designed by Guruji) and the science of sequencing and timing.

Guruji's teachings were first published in "Light on Yoga" in 1966, which has since been translated into 18 languages. He is the author of 14 books, including "Light on Pranayama; Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and Light on Life - The Yoga Journey to Wholeness".

In 1975 Guruji established the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune, India, where he has shared his teachings with thousands of certified teachers and serious students. His legacy of steadfast devotion to the art and science of yoga continues to inspire his students, "When I practice, I am a philosopher, when I teach I am a scientist, when I demonstrate, I am an artist." BKS Iyengar


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