Yoga as taught by B.K.S. Iyengar emphasizes the integration of body, mind and spirit. The Iyengar approach to yoga is firmly based on the traditional eight limbs of yoga as expounded by Patanjali in his classic treatise, The Yoga Sutras.
IYENGAR® Yoga emphasizes the development of strength, stamina, flexibility and balance, as well as concentration (Dharana) and meditation (Dhyana).
Students of IYENGAR® Yoga are encouraged to refine both their knowledge of asanas (poses) and pranayama (breathing). Asanas are individualized for the needs of different bodies. Various props are used to maximize opening and awareness throughout the body, and to stimulate the blood flow to the organs. Through the emphasis placed on precise alignment in the poses, many students find that their yoga practice helps them dissolve stubborn musculo-skeletal and psychological blocks. The same precision of practice brings the serious student to the cutting edge of exploration in the field of mind-body interaction.