What is Iyengar Yoga ?
Iyengar Yoga, named after and developed by B.K.S. Iyengar, is a form of Hatha Yoga that is characterized by great attention to detail and precise focus on body alignment. .
Iyengar Yoga often makes use of props, such as belts, blocks, bolsters, benches and blankets etc. as aids in performing asanas. The props enable students to perform the asanas correctly, minimizing the risk of injury or strain, and also allowing elderly, injured, tired or ill students to enjoy the benefits of many asanas via fully supported methods. No one is too old, too stiff or out of shape, all that is required is keen willingness to learn and a genuine curiosity about the subject .
Iyengar Yoga differs from the other styles of yoga by three key elements: Technique, Sequence and Timing.
14. Dec.1918 - 20.Aug.2014
Guruji B.K.S. Iyengar the legendary yogacharya leaves behind a legacy, which breathed new life into yoga and made it popular all over the world. Born in a poor Iyengar family in Bellur, through out his childhood he struggled with malaria, tuberculosis, typhoid, fever and malnutrition. A major turning point in his life awaked him in 1934 when he moved to Mysore and began to practice yoga under the tutelage of his brother-In-law Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya and the rest as they say is history.
Yoga props now widely used originated with Iyengar and can be traced back to the physical limitations he had to overcome in his own practice. He finds the meaning of yoga sutras by his practical search and regular practice of yoga. Thus he has helped all to experience the wisdom of the yoga sutras. Widely credited with introducing the west to the ancient Indian tradition primarily through his tutelage of famous violinist Yehudi Menuhin. His Iyengar yoga system is a global phenomenon followed by millions. His books are sold in 70 countries and translated into 13 languages. One of yoga's finest teacher Mr. Iyengar practiced what he called an art, science and philosophy for more than eight decades.
He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan.
Yoganusasanam is a yoga institute in the north of Delhi that presents the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar which is considered the foremost authority of yoga in modern times. As per the guidance of Geetja ji who is the senior most faculty at RIMYI ( www.bksiyengar.com - main centre of Iyengar Yoga in Pune, India) and the daughter of B.K.S. Iyengar, the founder of Iyengar Yoga, this centre has been inaugurated by Smt. Raj Laxmi Ji who is a senior teacher at the main centre.
Yoganusasanam is a well equipped centre which comprises of all the props and accessories used in Iyengar Yoga. This centre is situated in the north of Delhi and students come here from every corner of the city. It is approximately 700 sq.ft. area with wooden flooring which also facilitates changing rooms, washrooms separately and has sufficient parking space.
Neeru Kathpal, the teacher of Yoganusasanam, is attached with this form of yoga for over 15 years. The classes here are engaging, compelling and challenging where the teacher guides students to go beyond their perceived limits.
Neeru Kathpal started learning Iyengar Yoga in 1999. She is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and a regular practitioner for over 15 years now. She dedicated herself to Iyengar Yoga in 2000 and began teaching in 2010. Neeru has had the great fortune to receive her teacher-training certificate from BKS Iyengar. Her iyengar journey started under the guidance of Nivedita Joshi, who also trained her for teacher training course. She continues to study extensively at RIMYI, the Iyengar institute headquarters in Pune and considers herself very blessed to have studied with Yogacharya BKS Iyengar and his children, renowned teachers Geeta and Prashant Iyengar. Neeru follows the traditional, disciplined Iyengar approach to yoga with a lot of energy and humor.