Iyengar Yoga

Iyengar introduced his own style of Hatha Yoga as it was evolving in the west.  He was to have outstanding influence and was stamped by 'The foundation of the Ramamini Iyenga Memorial Institute in Pune', India 1973.

His Yoga is characterised by precision in alignment and aids assimilated into its practice e.g. bands weights cushions and chairs.  The internal architecture is unveiled by flowing precision postures that tie the body to breathing. He sequences postures to a desired result and holds the asanas for a precise length of time moving from seconds to minutes. Minutiae of the postures are explored to penetrate remote anatomical layers of the body - the positions increase in intricacy. Practice is both systematic and cumulative It challenges an ability of moving the various parts of the body in an interrelated fashion. He took up yoga in 1934 for health reasons, and came from his brother in law the great master Krishnamacharaya  In 1952. Yehudi Menhuin introduced him to the west in London, and also Europe he proceeded to America giving classes and demonstrations. His book “Light on Yoga” (with 600 photographs of Asanas instructed) was published in 1966 which became a guide for others follow, without the aid of a teacher. Aficionados and others formed groups, associations and a centre formed in the States as recently as May 210 in San Francisco.

America embraced him rapidly forming centers/associations after experiencing his classes. Many went to India to learn more. These are centers rather than Ashrams and are to be found world wide. In London he found The Iyengar Institute. Training Courses are readily found   E.g. Amsterdam. In that Iyengar takes a more gymnastic approach to the asanas than hatha yoga, for example and there is less emphasis on breathing and meditation, it has been criticized as inconsistent with the non competitive, holistic basis of hatha yoga.

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