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What is Iyengar Yoga?

Updated: Jan 15

The Iyengar method of yoga is named after our teacher Yogacharya Sri BKS Iyengar. The teaching helps you focus on correct alignment of the body in asanas ensuring your working safely, with maximum benefit to your flexibility, strength and wellbeing.


Props, such as blocks and belts, are sometimes used in class to allow those with less strength or flexibility to work correctly and achieve their full potential.


“Yoga is the golden key which unlocks the door to peace, tranquillity and joy” BKS Iyengar


Yoga asanas cover the basic positions of standing, sitting, forward bends, twists, inversions, back bends and lying down.


The practise of asanas has a beneficial impact on the whole body. Asanas not only tone the muscles, tissues, ligaments, joints, and nerves, but also maintain the smooth functioning and health of all the body’s systems. They relax the body and mind, allowing both to recover from fatigue or weakness, and the stress of daily life. Asanas also boost metabolism, lymphatic circulation, and hormonal secretions, and bring about a chemical balance in the body.


Breath is the essence of life and prana is the life force or energy. The art of pranayama seeks to harness this life force. By focusing the mind totally on the breath, blockages in the body’s channels are unlocked, allowing energy to flow freely and connect with the life force. By practising pranayama, we learn to move energy vertically, horizontally, and cyclically to all areas of the body.


Pranayama is not deep breathing. Deep breathing tenses the facial muscles, makes the skull and scalp rigid, tightens the chest, and applies external force to the intake or release of breath. In pranayama, the facial muscles remain soft and receptive, and the breath is drawn in or released gently.


The practise of asanas removes the obstructions which impede the flow of prana, and the art of pranayama teaches us to move the prana around the body.


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