Based on the teachings of yoga master BKS Iyengar, who was listed by Time Magazine as one of the most influential people of the 20th Century, Iyengar yoga is one of the most widely practiced forms of yoga throughout the world. The practice of Iyengar Yoga begins with learning the art and science of asana (yoga postures). The method of study is orderly and progressive, and the postures are adjusted to meet the physical conditions and needs of each student.
Strength, coordination, flexibility and an increased sense of well-being are some of the benefits of the Iyengar method of yoga. Through the consistent practice of asana and pranayama (yogic breathing), students of Iyengar yoga are guided towards increased awareness of their physical, emotional, and spiritual lives. Iyengar Yoga emphasizes precision and form so that the mind, focused and absorbed, flows evenly throughout the system enabling the practitioner to experience meditation in action.
All Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers (CIYT) undergo years of training and a globally standardized rigorous assessment exam process. Certified Iyengar yoga instructors are trained to address the individual needs of the student regardless of age, ability, or state of health. Through B.K.S. Iyengar’s innovative use of props, the yoga poses are accessible to all students wishing to learn yoga at any stage of life.
BKS Iyengar left his body on August 20, 2014 after devoting almost 80 years of his life to the practice and teaching of yoga. He helped to revive the art, science and philosophy of yoga in India and spread the practice throughout the world. BKS Iyengar authored many texts on yoga, including the definitive works Light on Yoga, Light on Pranayama, and Light on Life. One of his many contributions to the tradition of yoga is his use of yoga therapy to help thousands of people with various illnesses, medical conditions, and diseases.