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What is Iyengar Yoga

Iyengar Yoga is a yoga system developed by B.K.S. Iyengar. His approach to yoga is based on the traditional eight limbs of yoga written down by Patanjali in ‘The Yoga Sutras’, over 2,500 years ago.

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“Yoga means union. The union of the individual soul with the Universal Spirit is yoga. But this is too abstract a notion to be easily understood. So for our level of understanding, I say that yoga is the union of body with the mind and of mind with the soul”.

BKS Iyengar in a yoga pose called Purvottanasana

 

What is unique about Iyengar Yoga is the practice of asana and pranayama with an innovative approach to precision and alignment. This approach to yoga has allowed people of varying ages, levels of health and fitness to enjoy its benefits.  the ability to face the physical, mental and emotional challenges of life are among these benefits.

 

BKS Iyengar showing the downward facing dog yoga pose

 

The term “Iyengar Yoga” was coined by his students to distinguish his approach from other styles of yoga. He, however, has described his yoga as “Patanjali Yoga”

I have no right to brand my practices or teachings as Iyengar Yoga. My pupils, who follow me, call it Iyengar Yoga. The only thing I am doing is to bring out the hidden qualities of Yoga. What I do is pure, authentic traditional Yoga. It is wrong to differentiate traditional yoga. As it is also not fair to brand Yoga, as Raja-yoga, Hatha-yoga, Kundalini-yoga and so forth. There is no distinction between one Yoga and another. Yoga, like God is one.
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