What is yoga?
Yoga is a classical Indian discipline which promotes physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Originating in the foothills of the Himalayas thousands of years ago, yoga (meaning to 'unite'), was codified by the sage Patanjali around 200 C.E.
BKS Iyengar has said that yoga is for everyone, regardless of one's cultural or religious background. Mr. Iyengar calls yoga a “practical method for making life purposeful, useful and noble.”
Iyengar yoga is a systematic method of Hatha Yoga named after BKS Iyengar of Pune, India, one of the foremost yoga masters in the world.
Popular in the East and West for many decades, Iyengar Yoga has hundreds of thousands of practitioners all over the world. The hallmark of the Iyengar approach is the ability to adapt the poses to the needs and challenges of the individual student, making it appropriate for all levels of fitness.
The Iyengar method works on the principle of meditation in action. The asanas (poses) bring the body/mind into balance by developing mobility, stability, strength and alignment. Classes are deeply energizing yet physically relaxing and restorative.
The practice of yoga postures focuses the mind on the actions of the pose and the movement of the breath. Self awareness is enhanced through the observation and release of physical tension and psychological resistance. The student's journey into a meditative state occurs when the mind unites with the body and breath.