Here is a short description of this style of yoga – to learn more join our JIIVA tribe and come on the #JIIVAjourney with us!

What is it? 

Iyengar Yoga is a style that focusses on alignment and precision in poses in a sequence developed by B.K.S Iyengar. With its roots in the eight limbs of Hatha Yoga it aims to bring balance through this approach to sequencing and timing and focus on the union of the body and mind through poses and breath.

What does it mean? 

The name of this style of yoga is derived from the Founder B.K.S Iyengar. The noun “Iyengar” is defined by Oxford Dictionaries as “a type of Hatha yoga focusing on the correct alignment of the body, making use of straps, wooden blocks, and other objects as aids in achieving the correct postures.”

Who founded it? 

A student of Krishnamacharya, B.K.S Iyengar developed the tradition of Iyengar Yoga and is the author of many books on yoga practice and philosophy including Light on Yoga, Light on Pranayama, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and Light on Life. Along with Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Indra Devi, he is one of the key influences of yoga in the West.

How did it evolve?

In 2004, Krishnamacharya (B.K.S Iyengar’s brother-in-law) invited Iyengar to Mysore to study with him in his late teens and later sent him to Pune to spread the practice of Yoga. The system of Iyengar yoga became popularised after Iyengar taught the violinist Yehudi Menuhin and began a series of western visits and saw his system of teaching spread rapidly. Iyengar was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.

What is a class like?

Teachers of this style of yoga are certified by the B.K.S Iyengar Yoga Association. Classes often focus on the practice of standing poses (asana) with a focus on precision and alignment through the sequence of poses using props to support the student.


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