Iyengar yoga is world-wide one of the most popular forms of Hatha yoga. Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja (B.K.S.) Iyengar was the founder of this form of yoga and was one of the worlds greatest yoga teachers. Born in Bellur, Karnataka, India on 14th December 1918, he dedicated his life to yoga from an early age. He died in Pune, India, at the age of 95.
During his decades of practising yoga he carefully studied every posture in terms of alignment and developed props to assist achieving each position precisely - these props help students to take up difficult yoga positions or to experience simpler forms more intensely. B.K.S. Iyengar developed a form of yoga that allows every student to get to know their body in the different positions.
An Iyengar yoga teacher is able to modify the exercises to fit each yoga student. Qualifying as an Iyengar yoga instructor takes at least 3 years of intensive training in Iyengar yoga, with courses in anatomy, philosophy, pedagogy and physiology and a yearly refresher course taught by leading Iyengar yoga teachers.
The B.K.S. Iyengar method
B.K.S. Iyengar yoga is not primarily concerned with developing physical strength but instead it seeks to develop mental strength, concentration and mindfulness. B.K.S. Iyengar developed a style of yoga based on three supporting pillars.
Alignment: A detailed and fine concentration on the exact setting of muscles, bones and limbs that sets out to achieve an inner and outer alignment. This has a positive effect and leads from the technical aspect into a deeper understanding.
Sequencing: The yoga exercises are structured to enable you to work step by step towards a complex asana. At the same time the sequence of the positions (standing, sitting and backward bending) will both strengthen and calm your nervous system and allow you to leave the session stronger and more relaxed.
Length: In order to really experience each position, the positions will be held (with or without props) for a specifically set time.
Regenerative yoga is an extension of classic yoga positions. In times of extreme tension and restlessness, regenerative yoga positions can be very helpful. Regenerative asanas help to reduce stress and let body, mind and soul relax.
You learn how to relax your body by doing certain basic exercises that are held for a certain length of time with the help of props.
Concentrating on your breathing, you can banish any restless thoughts. These breathing exercises bring you into a state of relaxation at which point we can begin with a “body scan”- a conscious journey through your body in which the principal purpose is to awaken awareness for your body and its individual sensitivities.
It's never too late to start yoga.
Are you untrained, older, physically restricted or are you in the menopause?
With the help of special yoga props you can move properly and handle your body more attentively. That is important, to improve your health and thereby also your quality of life.
Yoga is also a gift for the elderly. You only don't obtain health and contentment, you also get clarity in the mind and positive thoughts for your future.