Iyengar Yoga, one of the oldest yoga styles, has a well developed, systematic approach that is optimal for new students and great for students interested in the technique of building yoga postures from the ground up. Iyengar focuses on 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.
Aligning the physical, mental, intellectual and spiritual bodies
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 that each is in balance with the others. 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, and bolsters allows 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 sequencing.”
At the present time, we offer five weekly Iyengar or Iyengar-inspired classes:
- (I/II) on Sundays at 11:00 am
- (II/III) on Sundays at 12:45pm
- (Beginners/Level I) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:30am
Nandi offers a monthly pranayama and meditation workshop in this style (please check class descriptions on 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