Iyengar Yoga

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Iyengar's method, rooted in the Ashtanga (Eight-Limbed) philosophy of Patanjali is a form of yoga with the emphasis on the physical alignment of the body in the asanas, creating a sense of balance and lightness that will be reflected in the mind in the form of inner awareness and equanimity. One of Iyengar's major innovations is in the use of props. Today it is quite common to see blankets, blocks, straps, pillows, chairs, and bolsters being used in yoga studios. The use of these props is comparatively new in the history of yoga and comes directly from Iyengar. The purpose of the props is to assist the student in attaining ideal alignment, thus allowing them to have experiences that they wouldn't be able to otherwise.  Today, at the age of 90, B.K.S. Iyengar continues to refine his art through daily asana and pranayama practices.  His most recent book, Light on Life chronicles his 70+ years experience as a dedicated yoga practitioner's and householder. To read more, visit the official website at:
http://www.iyengar-yoga.com/bks/biography/