The Iyengar method of yoga is named after Yogacharya Sri B K S Iyengar and is widely practiced throughout the world. Developed by Mr Iyengar (1918 – 2014) over his lifetime and based on the ancient Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the method focuses on precision, alignment and safety in a wide variety of poses. Practice builds strength, flexibility, stamina and balance, a healthy body, sense of well-being and a relaxed, alert mind.
Mr Iyengar devised the use of everyday objects such as chairs, belts, walls and blocks as useable props, to enable every type and level of practitioner to attain the correct and beneficial effects of yoga in each pose. Blocks and belts are used in most Iyengar classes.
Iyengar yoga classes generally start with simple work and gradually move towards more challenging poses, ending with a period of relaxation, often incorporating Pranayama (breathing techniques). You will develop a detailed knowledge of yoga postures and sequencing, and learn about the use of props to create the safe and correct alignment of the body.
The Iyengar yoga technique emphasises precision and alignment. Quality of movement is prioritised over quantity. You learn to move with ease in your body while working within your limitations. This makes the yoga postures (asanas) safe to perform.
Yoga Postures are held for longer than in some other methods, allowing tight muscles to lengthen and relax, and helping to focus awareness. Yoga Props such as blankets, blocks and belts may be used to improve your understanding of poses or to help if you have difficulties.
Each group of yoga postures develops the body in different yet reciprocal ways and has different qualities: grounding, energising, strengthening, stimulating, calming. Yoga Classes at all levels devote time to relaxation.
Iyengar yoga has been described as meditation in action. Practising the yoga postures with awareness has an integrating effect and works to harmonise mind and body.
Clear demonstration and explanation by well-qualified teachers in friendly classes.
Yoga postures (asanas) practised with precision, alignment and awareness.
Methodical sequencing of yoga postures that develop strength, flexibility, stamina, concentration and relaxation.
Individual correction and adjustment by the teacher when necessary.