Hatha Yoga, in the tradition of BKS Iyengar (1918 - 2014), uses physical postures, breathing exercises, and study of the philosophy of yoga to help you achieve overall health and vitality. The focus is on developing one’s awareness through concentration, creating alignment in the body, balance between strength and flexibility, control of the mind, and when sustained over a long period, ultimately freedom of the spirit. Props such as blocks, straps, and blankets are used to allow for deeper exploration of the poses and to give access to poses when there are limitations.
Iyengar Yoga is great exercise for the body and the mind. It can be taken on as a practice by anyone, at any point in life. Due to the adaptability of the method to each individual, those who are strong and athletic gain as much benefit as those with limitations and challenges. It can be used therapeutically to aid in healing many kinds of injuries, both physical and emotional. Yoga can also significantly reduce stress. You start at your level of ability and build from there. Through a systematic progression of poses, your abilities will develop over time, encouraging confidence and commitment.
B.K.S. Iyengar’s methods have produced significant innovations in teaching the art and science of yoga. He is the author of many books including Light On Yoga, which is widely considered to be the “bible” of modern yoga. Certified Iyengar Yoga instructors are held to an unusually rigorous standard of knowledge and training. They can work effectively with students of all ages and physical abilities, modifying the yoga asanas (postures) so that all students may practice yoga safely. As a student, the Iyengar Yoga Certification Mark is your guarantee of a yoga experience which is safe, suitable for individual physical conditions, and beneficial for both body and mind. For more information on Mr. Iyengar and yoga in the Iyengar tradition you can visit www.iynaus.org.