what is iyengar yoga?
Iyengar yoga was founded by BKS Iyengar, whose innovative method emphasises precision and correct alignment. The use of props (equipment) in Iyengar yoga allows students to maintain asanas correctly to enhance the benefits. BKS Iyengar has made all aspects of yoga popular, without sacrificing the purity of the classical teachings.
Yoga not only develops flexibility, strength and stamina as the skeletal body, muscles, skin and flesh become aligned, but also helps to optimise the health of all the internal systems and organs of the body. Regular practice leads to increased self-awareness, mental clarity, and reduction in stress levels and fatigue.
The sense of well being that comes from the physical and mental disciplines of yoga helps in coping with the day to day stresses of modern life.
Yoga is a powerful system of healing (although this is not its primary aim) and can lead to the relief of many ailments.
the essence of yoga
Yoga means union – the union of the individual with the universal, the union of the body with the mind, and the mind with the soul. Yoga teaches us the art of living - its practice leads us to integration not only within ourselves, but with society and nature. It is as relevant today as when the system first evolved in pre-historic India.
People attend yoga classes for many different reasons - to improve health, to decrease stress levels, or to seek a life that offers more fulfillment. The ancient physical and mental disciplines of yoga lead to the rediscovery of health and wholeness - not by suppression, but with practices that free the body and awaken emotional and mental clarity. Its practice affects all aspects of living - relationships with others, the use of energy, and care of the body, mind and soul.
At its most sublime it is a path from the physical to the spiritual. Most people, however, practise yoga not to reach this goal, but simply to improve the quality of their lives.
For more information about Iyengar Yoga in Australia:
Western Australia Iyengar yoga information
BKS Iyengar Yoga Association of Australia