Tēnā Koutou Katoa.
Iyengar Yoga is named in honour of the Iyengar family who teach hatha yoga. Classes are safe, BKS Iyengar invented the use of props.
Iyengar yoga teaches a holistic approach to a persons wellbeing. After years of study in the Ashtanga, Iyengar, Ayurvedic and Macrobiotic traditions, Jude continues to be a part of this evolving lineage.
Yoga practice is an art and a science, Yoga cultivates inquiry, sensitivity, and kindness as we look deeply nto ourselves.
What is Iyengar Yoga?
B.K.S. Iyengar, who died in 2014 aged 96, was the inheritor of a tradition going back more than a thousand years. His brother-in-law Krishnamacharya of Mysore was a south Indian scholar versed in Sanskrit and the Vedas who spent seven years studying asana in Tibet. Unlike most Indian yogis, Krishnamacharya taught many vigorous standing poses which have now been adopted in various western schools of yoga. He instructed the teenaged Iyengar for two to three years before sending him to teach in Pune, where he remained until his death.
B.K.S. Iyengar, during a teaching career spanning more than seventy years, evolved a method of teaching the classic yoga postures that is precise, progressive and accessible.
The Iyengar method
The Iyengar method is based on the teaching of Yoga according to B.K.S. Iyengar. His watchwords are precision and safety – for the health of the student and to cultivate inner awaremess.
Through a deep study of the postures, he produced:
- a safe, progressive syllabus
- rigorous training for teachers
He was a genius at reading, treating and transforming the human form and psyche. This genius extends to his ability to make his teaching transmissible by ordinary teachers. Our job is to remain true to our training, so we can pass on his system for culturing the body, for restraining the mind and making both a vehicle for self-discovery. This great stream inevitably gets diluted but should not be mixed or merged with other currents. This is the purpose of the strict rules of the IY(NZ).
Health for the body, peace for the mind
The Asanas develop strength and flexibility. In particular they can help to relieve back pain, help all the organs to function well and improve the digestive and circulatory systems.
The postures may also bring relief from the effects of stress and fatigue; they can help to bring about a state of deep relaxation.
Pranayama is the art of extending and controlling the breath. It brings vitality and mental balance and improves concentration. It is introduced only when students have a degree of mastery of asana, to be able to control the muscles of the chest and sit with a straight steady posture.
Meditation in action
Postures and regulation of the breath are two essential disciplines in the practice of Yoga. They bring the body and mind into contact with the light of the soul to find inner peace.
Yoga brings grace, beauty and firmness. The body is freed from tensions by stretching and movement. The breathing can become deep and even. Uniting spirit and body, the practitioner learns the art of self-observation. The intelligence and powers of perception are enhanced.
Iyengar Yoga Resources for you at Home
Online yoga classes available on Zoom.