Yogacharya Guruji Sri B.K.S. Iyengar
Iyengar Yoga is a form of Yoga practiced world wide. Yoga has been practiced in India for centuries. It is comprised of various poses called Asanas. Yoga can be practiced by people of all ages. Iyengar Yoga was founded by an Indian, Living Legend, Guruji Shri B.K.S. Iyengar. He was born in 1918. He became Yoga Instructor in India in 1936. www.bksiyengar.com
Guruji Shri Iyengar is known world wide as a foremost Yoga Guru who has developed thousands of disciples spreading all over the continents. There are thousands of Iyengar Yoga Centers imparting training in his method of yoga in all parts of the world including his native India. Guruji Shri Iyengar has been an innovative and exacting teacher for over 75 years, and internationally recognized as a leading authority on hatha yoga.
What is Iyengar Yoga?
Iyengar Yoga is based on Patanjali’s Hatha (Ashtanga) Yoga. Iyengar style of Yoga gives more emphasis for body and mind alignment. Performing of asanas with perfection to body and mind alignment will help the users to realize and achieve goal of harmonious balance of their mind and their physical bodies. The practices of asana, pranayama and dhyana (Meditation) which are the progressive paths of yoga, not only keep your health in perfect state, but also keep the candle of inner light and life shining holistically. Yoga asanas help to ensure an even distribution of bio-energy, or life-force, which brings the mind to a state of calm. Asanas balance the respiratory, circulatory, nervous, hormonal, digestive, excretory and reproductive systems perfectly. The equilibrium in the body then brings mental peace and enhances the intellectual clarity.
Yogacharya, Yoga Guru Shri B.K.S.Iyengar is the leading authority for Yoga. He has been practicing Yoga since 1936. He resolved to practice diligently to acquire an in-depth knowledge of each asana, observing the intricacies of the movement of each part of the body. He developed the Asanas to give more emphasis for body and mind alignment. Each asanas were performed in perfection to the angle and in line with the physical body. Asanas developed by Guruji has more impact on curing the physical pains and mental stress. He also developed certain props like chairs, wooden bricks, benches, belt, pillow, wooden plank, blanket etc. to perform such asanas easily by the patients/students. As the benefits and effects of such asanas done by using such props gained popularity much among the people followed through out the countries, it is popularly called as IYENGAR YOGA.
Iyengar Yoga uses props like, blanket, pillows, bricks, bench, ropes etc. to do asanas by people who can not ordinarily perform such asanas. Thereby the real benefits of asanas will be attained by people of all ages. The use of props is an innovation by Guruji Shri B.K.S. Iyengar. It allows more users to participate in Yoga by using these props as assistive tools.