“live happily and die majestically”. Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar 14.Dec.1918 – 20.Aug.2014
"We chant so that at the very beginning that feeling of sanctification comes from inside, with the feeling of surrendering oneself, because nothing can be learned in this world unless you have the humility to learn.” -Geeta Iyengar
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Let us bow before the noblest of sages Patanjali, who gave yoga for serenity and sanctity of mind, grammar for clarity and purity of speech and medicine for perfection of health. Let us prostrate before Patanjali, an incarnation of Adisesa, whose upper body has a human form, whose arms hold a conch and a disc, and who is crowned by a thousand-headed cobra.
Iyengar Yoga, based on the teachings of living yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar, is rooted in the 2,500-year-old classical yoga tradition of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. One of the world’s most widely practiced forms of yoga, Iyengar Yoga emphasizes alignment of body, breath, mind, and spirit within each yoga pose. This precision builds strength and stamina, balance and flexibility, avoids injury and maximizes benefits, and provides a deep sense of well-being.Iyengar Yoga, based on the teachings of living yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar, is rooted in the 2,500-year-old classical yoga tradition of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. One of the world’s most widely practiced forms of yoga, Iyengar Yoga emphasizes alignment of body, breath, mind, and spirit within each yoga pose. This precision builds strength and stamina, balance and flexibility, avoids injury and maximizes benefits, and provides a deep sense of well-being.
Iyengar Yoga instructors must train for years and pass rigorous assessments to receive certification to teach. This is unusual at a time when teachers can be certified in a month in some other methods. Our teachers are thoroughly grounded in anatomy, philosophy, and all aspects of yoga asana.
Iyengar Yoga is far more than simple exercise. What elevates the practice of asana from exercise to yoga is intelligent action and the infusion of awareness throughout your entire being when practicing the poses. When you refine what might otherwise be purely mechanical movement with intelligent action, you transform your practice into a meditation in motion that illuminates the previously dark, unconscious areas of your body and mind with the light of awareness.
Article provided by IYNAUS Called the "Michelangelo of yoga" and the "king of yogis," named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people, B. K. S. Iyengar is universally acknowledged as the world's greatest yoga teacher.
His invention of yoga props -- now ubiquitous in yoga studios of all styles -- revolutionized the art. Blankets, belts and other devices allow students of all skill levels to work safely in the classical yoga asanas (postures). Mr. Iyengar also revolutionized the therapeutic applications of yoga, gaining recognition for yoga as a treatment for serious medical conditions.
Perhaps the most groundbreaking aspect of Mr. Iyengar’s teaching is that through the yoga asanas and Pranayama (the control of the breath), the practitioner can explore the most advanced stages of yoga, including concentration, true meditation and even Samadhi, the mystical union of the individual soul of the practitioner with the universal soul -- God. By bridging the traditional distinctions between hatha yoga, sometimes considered a merely physical form, and yogas, which focus on the intellect, devotion, and meditation, Mr. Iyengar has brought the spiritual nature of yoga home to hundreds of thousands of devotees.