Iyengar yoga is a systematic method in pursuit of knowledge, a disciplined way to study the self (www.bksiyengar.com).
Through the guise of art, Iyengar yoga cultivates grace, fitness and poise. Each pose is an expression of yourself, for yourself.
Through science, Iyengar yoga not only tones and strengthens muscles, alleviates pain and improves posture, it also offers the continual refinement of the body on a cellular level, enlivening the experience of the whole self.
Iyengar yoga guides us to unleash the amazing energy of our minds. Working from a structural (skeletal/muscular) level inward, towards the physiological layer, the psychological layer, the intellectual layer and finally to the innermost layer, the andamaya kosa, the layer of bliss.
On philosophy, Iyengar yoga is a practice grounded in hundreds of years of tradition. It is rooted in the doubtless conviction that all things are interconnected, that we are all a part of Nature.
“When I practice, I am a philosopher,
When I teach, I am a scientist,
When I demonstrate, I am an artist” – BKS Iyengar