Iyengar Yoga is a word created by the students of Yogacharya (which means respected master of yoga) B. K. S. Iyengar, to describe his method, teachings, and system of yoga described in Iyengar’s bestselling 1966 book Light on Yoga. According to Mr. Iyengar, "The yoga I teach is purely Astanga yoga, known as the eight limbs of yoga." It a form of classical, lineage based yoga rooted in the practical yet mystical methodology laid out in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, that has an emphasis on systematic intelligence, precision, alignment, progressive penetration inwards towards the soul, and spiritual purpose.
Iyengar Yoga is famous for its rigour, clarity, therapeutics and use of props, advanced technique, long held inversions, deep spirituality, and depth! In this commercial world of yoga that we are now in, where some teacher trainings are more akin to fitness, Iyengar yoga has a depth of study, lineage and mentorship which is respected worldwide.
He is the author of Light on Yoga, considered one of the most authoritative modern yoga texts, and also author of Light on Pranayama, Light on the Yoga Sutras, Tree of Yoga, Light on Life. He has been credited with popularizing yoga, first in India and then around the world. In 2004, he was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.
B.K.S. Iyengar was seen by many to be yoga's most proficient and knowledgeable practitioner—an inspiration to countless students and yoga practitioners around the globe. During seventy five years of teaching, he developed an innovative and inspired method of yoga, which is taught under his name. This method is not only one of the world's most widely practiced method of yoga; its principles are now incorporated into the teaching of yoga under many names and into many other forms of exercise, therapy, and movement.
In addition to providing a template of study for those not limited by physical problems, Mr. Iyengar is a pioneer in the therapeutic applications of yoga to the treatment of many medical conditions. Medical professionals in many different disciplines and countries have recognized his expertise and efficacy. His revolutionary use of yoga props and the intelligent selection and modification of the postures themselves enable students of all abilities to work to their greatest potential and overcome difficulties of many kinds. It is perhaps his greatest achievement that B.K.S. Iyengar has made yoga accessible to and relevant for all.
Today his family carry on his tradition of teaching, evolving and training at the Iyengar Memorial Institute in Pune, India.