The Iyengar Method of yoga is an innovative style of teaching. It is characterized by an alert practice, precise direction, alignment and depth. Emphasis is placed on meditation in action in the practice of asana (poses), while incorporating the science of sequencing and timing.
Clear and safe instructions from the teachers guide one on a steady path for the practice of pranayama (regulation of the breath), leading one to meditative states. Principles of yoga philosophy are inextricably linked to the teachings, bringing the effects of the practice accessible to daily life.
About B.K.S. Iyengar
Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar is a legendary yoga master of our times. Through his continuous practice of yoga for well over 70 years comes an innovative approach to the depth of the science, art and philosophy of yoga. He has created an impact on the world through his teachings, flowering in dedicated teachers and centers around the world. Mr. Iyengar is the world-famous author of “Light on Yoga”, the authority on yoga. He has been named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine. (More: www.bksiyengar.com)
From the BKS Iyengar website, his view of yoga is described as follows:
“Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar, with his intellectual and spiritual practices, has masterminded the techniques which can be used by all practitioners of yoga. “Research based experience” and “experience based research” has helped him in evolving this technique which is now known as “Iyengar Yoga”. He has therefore made it possible for ordinary human beings to experience the wisdom of the yoga sutras.
Iyengar yoga is meant for all and is a way of life. The use of props, designed by Guruji , such as wooden gadgets, belts, ropes helps the practitioner to achieve perfection in any asana. Regular practice of ‘Iyengar Yoga’ definitely integrates the body, mind and emotions.”
“Even today, at the age of 91, he continues to practice. While in practice, he is an artist at work. He is always at ease in any posture he performs. Precision and beauty mark the asana, and the regular practice he advocates integrates the body, mind and emotions.”
Below: An excerpt from a film tribute shown in Boston during Yogacharya Sri BKS Iyengar’s Light On Life tour of the United States in 2005.
Books from B.K.S Iyengar
Light on Life :
As one of the editorial reviews on the book states, “In Light on Life, B.K.S. Iyengar brings readers this new and more complete understanding of the yogic journey. Here Iyengar explores the yogic goal to integrate the different parts of the self (body, emotions, mind, and soul), the role that the yoga postures and breathing techniques play in our search for wholeness, the external and internal obstacles that keep us from progressing along the path, and how yoga can transform our lives and help us to live in harmony with the world around us. For the first time, Iyengar uses stories from his own life, humor, and examples from modern culture to illustrate the profound gifts that yoga offers. Written with the depth of this sage’s great wisdom, Light on Life is the culmination of a master’s spiritual genius, a treasured companion to his seminal Light on Yoga.”
Light on Yoga :
This book is the magnum opus of yoga which was first published in 1965 in English. This “Bible” of yoga has been translated in many languages. It has been called the “fullest, most practical and best illustrated book on the subject” with more than 600 illustrations. It starts with the explanation on “What is Yoga ?” and then the intricate details on how to perform more than 200 postures. It also introduces pranayamas, bandhas and kriyas. Available in – English, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Ukranian and also in Gujrati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi.
Light on Pranayama :
This book is a worthy companion and sequel to the Light on Yoga. The book is practical and a thorough guide for those who wish to learn the art of pranayama. The book discusses the respiratory system from the point of view of modern anatomy and ancient yoga texts. It also describes the difficulties and dangers that one may encounter during pranayama practice. Available in – English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Polish, Russian, Spanish and also in Hindi, Marathi.
Light on Yoga Sutras of Patanjali :
Sage Patanjali was the first to systematically codify the ancient science of Yoga into 196 terse aphorisms (sutras) about 2000 years ago. These sutras are the profound study of the human psyche. Light on Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is a unique edition which contains a new translation and commentary by Guruji. He has enriched the text with the wealth of his own wisdom and experience on the subject. The book is of immense value to students of Indian philosophy as well as practitioners of Yoga. Available in – English, German and Italian.
Illustrated Light on Yoga :
This book is a straight-forward and comprehensive introduction for the beginner by an acknowledged expert on the subject. It includes an introduction to the philosophy and practice of Yoga, detailed description of 57 key postures and a 35 week course progressing from beginner to intermediate level. Available in – English, Persian, Spanish and also in Bengali, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.
Yoga – A Path to Holistic Health :
This book explains the philosophy of the yoga sutras in a practical manner which makes it possible for the modern man to relate to ancient wisdom. It explains how the props can be used for performing the different asanas. It also provides the sequence of asanas for 38 common ailments ranging from common colds to cardiac problems.