Yoga is one of the oldest systems of personal development in the world. This system of balancing the body, mind and spirit was formulated by ancient yogis, who understood man’s essential nature and realised a way to utilise all of man’s inner resources to live in harmony with himself and the environment.
Pupils learn through a carefully graded and systematic programme of asana [posture]. Teachers gradually introduce Pranayama [breath control] once students have a firm foundation of yoga practice. Yoga practice relaxes and energises the body and mind and brings vitality, flexibility, strength, concentration, self-confidence and mental calm. Iyengar yoga is suitable for all types of people and all levels of fitness.
Practicing yoga can help you overcome and prevent many stresses, strains, aches and pains. It promotes a firm foundation for health and well being.
B.K.S Iyengar has evolved precise asana and pranyama techniques with a firm philosophical base in The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Patanjali lived about 1700 years ago in India. He is credited with texts on Ayurvedic medicine and grammar as well as the yoga sutras which encapsulate yoga philosophy in just 196 sutras.
The Iyengar system of teaching is methodical and progressive, emphasising detailed correctness and absolute safety. When necessary, it uses supports called ‘props’ that allow students to progress in their practice of asanas safely at their own pace, to suit their body. Beginners work in a basic way on simple postures according to their capabilities. As they develop they can move on to more refined ways of working as well as to more complex postures.