Based on the teachings of living yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar, who was listed by Time Magazine as one of the most influential people of the 20th Century, Iyengar yoga is one of the most widely practiced forms of yoga throughout the world. The practice of Iyengar Yoga begins with learning the art and science of asana (yoga postures). The method of study is orderly and progressive, and the postures are adjusted to meet the physical conditions and needs of each student.
Strength, coordination, flexibility and an increased sense of well-being are some of the benefits of the Iyengar method of yoga. Through the consistent practice of asana and pranayama (yogic breathing), students of Iyengar yoga are guided towards increased awareness of their physical, emotional, and spiritual lives. Iyengar Yoga emphasizes precision and form so that the mind, focused and absorbed, flows evenly throughout the system enabling the practitioner to experience mediation in action.
All certified Iyengar Yoga teachers undergo years of training and a globally standardized rigorous assessment exam process. Certified Iyengar yoga instructors are trained to address the individual needs of the student regardless of age, ability, or state of health. Through B.K.S. Iyengar’s innovative use of props, the yoga poses are accessible to all students wishing to learn yoga at any stage of life.
At 91 years old, B.K.S. Iyengar has devoted over 70 years of his life to the practice and teaching of yoga. He helped to revive the art, science and philosophy of yoga in India and spread the practice throughout the world. Iyengar has authored many texts on yoga, including the definitive works Light on Yoga, Light on Pranayama, and Light on Life. One of his many contributions to the tradition of yoga is his use of yoga therapy to help thousands of people with various illnesses, medical conditions, and diseases. B.K.S. Iyengar continues to practice, teach and write on the subjects of yoga and philosophy from his home in Pune, India.
Researchers at Charité-University Medical Center in Berlin assigned 25 patients suffering from chronic neck pain to a nine-week Iyengar yoga training program, with participants taking a weekly 90-minute class.
Iyengar yoga, developed by B.K.S. Iyengar, is a form of hatha yoga that emphasizes detail and precision and often relies on the use of props to help students achieve mastery of the postures.
For the control group, 28 patients were assigned to exercise classes offering self-care techniques.
At weeks four and ten, subjects completed a questionnaire about their symptoms, with findings showing “a significant and clinically important reduction in pain intensity in the yoga group,” the scientists wrote. The rationale? That yoga enhanced both the toning of muscles and the release of muscle tension. The findings were published in The Journal of Pain.
The study follows another that found that people who took yoga classes for chronic lower back pain experienced more lifestyle improvements and better overall health than those who sought a doctor’s advice. Published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, the study included more than 300 subjects.
Access the study: http://www.jpain.org/article/S1526-5900%2812%2900779-1/abstract