Iyengar yoga

More than 2,000 years ago, a sage named Patanjali systematized yoga in a treatise called the Yoga Sutra. While Iyengar yoga is rooted in this classical system, it took B.K.S. Iyengar’s innovations and charismatic teachings to popularize yoga in the West.

What makes Iyengar special? It is notable for precision in alignment of bones, muscles and joints within each posture, enabling students to achieve maximum benefit and a deep sense of wellbeing. What’s more, it easily adapts to students of any age, regardless of need, ability or disability. The methodology includes precise verbal instructions and a safe and systematic progression of postures, building strength and stamina, balance and flexibility. Iyengar yoga is taught exclusively by rigorously trained, certified instructors.

Props for Iyengar

Among B.K.S.’s major innovations was his use of props to facilitate learning and to assist in attaining ideal alignment. These props include sticky mats, the rope wall, blankets, belts, ropes, chairs, bolsters and wooden blocks. The YogaBuds studio is fully equipped with all props including the unique Karunta Rope wall.

Iyengar yoga is neither a fitness regime nor a fad. At YogaBuds, we maintain the purity of the original teachings and elevate asana through intelligent action and full awareness when practicing the poses. Yoga practice thereby becomes a meditation in motion. At YogaBuds, the teaching is rooted in the Iyengar methodology but with a unique combination of creativity and innovation.

Beginning with postures, the Iyengar method of study is orderly and progressive, with postures introduced gradually and systematically. In addition to practicing physical postures (asana), breathing practices (pranayama) and relaxation enable students to deepen their abilities and develop body, mind and spirit.

About B.K.S. Iyengar

Yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar taught for many years with his daughter Geeta and his son Prashant at the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune, India. He turned 95 in December 2013 and passed away on August 20, 2014. The author of 20 books translated into many languages, including the foundational "Light on Yoga" (1966), B.K.S. Iyengar was named by TIME magazine one of the 100 “most influential persons” of the 20th century.” He has also been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. B.K.S. Iyengar was on one of the last living gurus with a living lineage.