B.K.S. Iyengar was born on 14/12/1918. He started practicing Yoga as a teenager in an effort to improve his ill health after contracting tuberculosis, studying with his brother in law, Krishnamacharya in Mysore, India. He began teaching in 1936 and helped introduce yoga to the western world in the 1950’s. Aged 80 he was interviewed by the B.B.C. in U.K> where he answered questions “nothing unusual about that” except he spoke while in head balance! Sadly he left his body in 2014, aged 95 years.
Iyengar yoga is a form of Hatha yoga where emphasis is on detail, precision and alignment in the performance of posture (asana) and breath control (pranayama) By paying attention to the anatomical details of the asanas it helps to develop strength, mobility and stability. Iyengar yoga includes very little Vinasa flow. Instead poses are held fro longer periods whilst alignment is improved and often modified with props such as belts and blocks to acquire the maximum benefit from the postures, creating free flow of energy to improve your mind, body and soul connection.
Whether you’re new to yoga or just new to Iyengar I encourage you to give this style a try and see how much it can benefit you with your own practice.
“Yoga is like music, the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind and the harmony of the soul. It creates the rhythm of life” B.K.S. Iyengar.
Brenda Blades has been practicing yoga since 1981. She qualified as a teacher in 1991 (introductory) and Junior intermediate in 1995. She has practiced yoga for 37 years and teaching Iyengar yoga for 27. She has been to Pune many times and had the privilege to work with B.K.S. himself, his daughter Geeta and son Prasant.
She will be teaching a class at our Orgiva Yoga day on 21st June at 10am…