Iyengar Yoga uses conscious movement in the poses of Hatha yoga to bring intelligence throughout the body. This approach emphasizes precise alignment to develop balance in strength and flexibility, effort and relaxation. B.K.S. Iyengar introduced the use of props to allow all students to access poses, regardless of their physical conditions. Teachers use props to support students as they become stronger, to make actions accessible while they develop flexibility and to soothe them in relaxation.

B.K.S. Iyengar
B.K.S. Iyengar

Across 75 years of teaching, B.K.S. Iyengar has pioneered a systematic approach to Hatha yoga that enables students to practice safely and to get maximum benefits from the poses. His studies  continue still and make possible therapeutic applications of yoga.  Acknowledging the scientific foundations of his work, the University of Mysore conferred on him the degree of doctor of science. Recognizing the artistry of his work, the BBC dubbed him the “Michelangelo of Yoga”. His published works include Light on Yoga, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali, Light on Pranayama and Light on Life.

When Iyengar was born in 1918, the world was in the midst of the flu epidemic. His mother had been ill while pregnant with him and he was not expected to survive. He attributes his progress from sickly child to agile young man to his yogasana studies. Since retirement, Dr. Iyengar teaches medical classes at the institute he founded in Pune, India. He also continues to teach internationally, most recently leading conventions in Moscow and China.

Geeta Iyengar
Geeta Iyengar

In Geeta Iyengar’s earliest years, she observed her father’s teaching and practice. She began her own yoga practice when she was a child, after she became ill with nephritis, an inflammation of the kidneys.  When medical treatment provided no help, she turned to yoga. She was 10. She was not yet 20 when she started teaching. An Ayurvedic doctor, she is director of the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India, where she supervises daily medical classes. She has led special conventions in the United States, Canada, Australia, and in Europe. In 2010 she led the Reflection convention, the first Iyengar conference dedicated to therapeutics. She is author of Yoga: A Gem for Women and Yoga in Action: A Preliminary Course.