BKS Iyengar was the world’s greatest contemporary yoga master. From the time he was 16 until his death at age 96 on August 20, 2014, he devoted his life to yoga. He was the author of numerous books including Light on Yoga, a classic for students of all yoga disciplines. In 2004 Time Magazine selected him as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Using physical alignment as a starting point, and by holding the poses, Iyengar Yoga encourages the spread of intelligence throughout the body, the growth of self-awareness, and an experience of the postures as "meditation in action." Iyengar teachers devise sequences of poses which build skill and understanding as students progress.
Mr. Iyengar's invention of yoga props revolutionized the art of teaching yoga. Certified Iyengar teachers modify the postures to the needs of students using blocks, blankets, belts, chairs, and other props, which allows for a deeper experience of the poses.
The practice of Iyengar Yoga improves one’s strength, flexibility, concentration, balance, and overall well being. Asanas (postures) are taught at different levels according to the experience and capabilities of each student. This ensures that students progress safely from basic to more advanced postures.