Iyengar Yoga, developed by B.K.S. Iyengar (fondly called Guruji by his students), is one of the oldest styles around and therefore has a well-developed, systematic approach that is often optimal for all levels. Iyengar focuses on proper structural alignment of the body in each pose and incorporates precision, timing and sequencing consistent with Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. Poses, usually held for one to three minutes, provide a solid basis for any yoga practice, by building inner strength, opening the body safely and deepening the mind-body connection.
The goal is to get the physical body in line with the mental body, the mental body in line with the intellectual body and the intellectual body in line with the spiritual body so each are balanced. Each asana has an optimal line or position - from the head to the foot, from the front to the back, from the right to the left - without deviation, without distortion. Furthermore the use of yoga props, such as blocks, belts, bolsters and others allow everyone to practice yogasana. As Iyengar said:
“When each cell exists in clarity, it is precision.
When each cell is sensitive to being in the present, it is timing.
When each cell can flow harmoniously into the next moment, it is
At the present time, we offer two weekly Iyengar classes: Iyengar (I/II) with Birgit Reimer on Sundays at 11:15 am and Iyengar (Beginners/Level I) with Birgit Reimer on Fridays at 9:30 am. Birgit also offers a monthly pranayama and meditation workshop in this style (please check class descriptions in the schedule page for more details). Newer student focus on alignment and learning the poses and more intermediate and advanced students have the option of delving deeper into advanced variations.
For more information on Iyengar yoga, visit: www.bksiyengar.com