"The body is your temple. Keep it clean and pure for the soul that resides in it."
~ B.K.S. Iyengar
What is Iyengar Yoga?
Practitioners close to the creator of this method, B.KS. Iyengar (whose Institute is in the city of Pune, India), began to name the method by the surname of their Master. Today it is already internationally recognized as "Iyengar Yoga".
* Accuracy and alignment (technique)
The alignment in the asana acts at the skeletal, muscular, organic and energetic levels. If the bones are in place, the muscles, ligaments and tendons will be too. If the body is aligned, the organs and glands are also aligned and will make them work correctly and balanced.
* Sequence of practice.
The order in which the different asanas or postures are practiced is very important to achieve different effects and a certain impact on the body and mind.
* Time spent in postures.
The effects in each posture are not immediate, there must be a gestation time, the posture maturation, so that the effects have an impact on a physiological, organic, nervous and mental level, etc. It is not a question of timed time, it is a question of the body receiving and absorbing its effects.
What does Iyengar Yoga offer?
A safe and systematic progression of study to develop the abilities and skills of each student, within each class and from class to class.
A highly developed teaching methodology that includes clear demonstration of postures, precise use of language, and specific instructions to develop students' understanding and intelligent action in practice.
Individual student correction and adjustment, when necessary.
The use of accessories (props) such as blankets, blocks, belts, and chairs to adjust postures to individual needs.
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Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health (2007)
Yoga Wisdom and Practice (2009)
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Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar was born on December 14, 1918, His father, Sri Krishnamachar, was a school teacher and Sundararaja was his thirteenth child. Sundararaja was not in good health during his childhood: a victim of malaria, typhus and tuberculosis in a time when antibiotics did not exist.
At the age of sixteen, Sundararaja began practicing yoga with the husband of his older sister, Sri T. Krishnamacharya, a man of great physical strength, talented, cultured, and an authority in the scriptures. He taught yoga at the Maharaja's Palace in Mysore. He was a very demanding teacher.
B.K.S. Iyengar began to be recognized as a yoga teacher. He taught some personalities like J. Krishnamurti, freedom fighters like Jayaprakash Narayan, Achyut Patwardhan, commander of the National Defense Academy, and numerous doctors and industrialists.
A chance meeting with the violin master Yehudi Menuhin in 1952 was decisive in introducing Guruji to the West, where he became known as Mr. Iyengar.
He founded the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune in 1975, where he has continued to teach and research yoga for forty years.
Yogacharya Sri B.K.S. Iyengar has been recognized as the highest authority of his time, worldwide, in yoga. He was made an honorary doctorate of science by the University of Mysore in 1997. He has also received some of the most prestigious awards given by the Government of India: the Padma Shri (1991), the Padma Bhushan (2002) and the Padma Vibhushan (2014). He was also included by Time magazine in its list "The hundred most influential people in the world" (2004). He passed away in Pune on August 20, 2014, at the age of 95.
Geeta, Prashant & Abhijata Iyengar
Geeta S. and Prashant S. Iyengar, sons of BK Iyengar, teach and refine this ever-evolving method at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune, India. Teachers and practitioners from all over the world go regularly to hone their skills for their own development and to bring them into their own Iyengar Yoga communities.
Geeta S. Iyengar is the eldest daughter of B.K.S. Iyengar and one of the world's leading authorities on yoga. She mastered the art of yoga at a very young age by observing her father in practice. She also had a degree in philosophy and a doctor of Ayurvedic medicine.
Since she began teaching in 1962, Geeta-ji has taught thousands of students. Her pioneering work in adapting yoga for each phase of a woman's life has been explained in her many writings: "A Gem for Women." One of the best known works of her. She is also the author of "Yoga in Action: Preliminary and Intermediate Courses." They are very useful tools as supports for practice.
Sri. Prashant S. Iyengar is the son of B.K.S. Iyengar and one of the most respected yoga and philosophy teachers in the world. He is currently the director of the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) alongside Abhijata, Guruji's granddaughter. His knowledge of ancient scriptures and texts is part of his teachings.
Abhijata is the granddaughter and disciple of the Indian Yogi Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar, known as B. K. S. Iyengar, creator of the current of yoga of the same For several years,
She abhijata travels the world sharing her knowledge with the community and transmitting the experiences she lived as a disciple of her grandfather.
In August 2014, B. K. S. Iyengar passed away at the age of 96. Her daughter Geeta and her granddaughter Abhijata decided to carry on her legacy.
"In December of last year, Geeta died and I became an official disciple of my grandfather. This was not a decision, it just happened."
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