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About Yoga

Yoga is one of the oldest systems of personal development in the world. This system of balancing the body, mind and spirit was formulated by ancient yogis who understood man's essential nature and realised a way to utilise all of man's inner resources to live in harmony with himself and the environment.

Pupils learn through a carefully graded and systematic programme of asana (posture). Pranayama (breath control) is gradually introduced once students have a firm foundation of asana practice. Yoga practice both relaxes and energizes the body and mind and brings vitality, flexibility, strength, concentration, self-confidence and mental calm. Yoga is suitable for all types of people and all levels of fitness.

Practising yoga helps overcome and prevent many stresses and strains, aches and pains and promotes a firm foundation of health and well-being.

About Yogacharya Sri BKS Iyengar

The world's most widely practised method of yoga is that taught by Yogacharya Sri BKS Iyengar of Pune, India. Born in 1918 in Bellur, India, he studied and practised yoga continuously for over seventy five years. He died on 20 August 2014 in Pune.

Iyengar's thorough study, understanding and mastery of yoga are unrivalled in modern times. Having taught for over 75 years in all five continents, he won worldwide respect and recognition for his achievements and made yoga accessible and relevant to people everywhere, no matter what their physical or mental ability.

He set the standard for his teachers and students while his textbooks on yoga have become classics. He set up the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India, where his daughter Smt. Geeta and son Sri Prashant Iyengar are directors.

In 2004 BKS Iyengar was listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in Time Magazine.

There are over 1000 qualified Iyengar yoga teachers in the UK alone, and thousands more in over 40 countries.  There are over 20 national Iyengar yoga associations worldwide.

BKS Iyengar practising with props in his institute in Pune.

The Teaching System

BKS Iyengar has evolved precise posture (asana) and breathing (pranayama) techniques with a firm philosophical base in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

Patanjali lived about 1700 years ago in India. He is credited with collating and writing the first records of Yoga, Ayurvedic Medicine and Sanskrit Grammar, which consist of 196 sutras (aphorisms) which cover all aspects of life and are still more than relevant in today’s society.

The Iyengar system of teaching is methodical and progressive, emphasising detailed correctness and absolute safety. When necessary, it uses supports called “props” that allow students to progress in their practice of postures safely at their own pace, where there is stiffness or injury. Beginners work in a basic way on simple postures according to their capabilities. As they develop they then move on to more refined ways of working as well as on to more complex postures.

On 28 August 2014 in our yoga space in Crete we took part in a communal dedication to the memory of our guru BKS Iyengar, which happened simultaneously all over the world.
Page last updated 19/11/15