YOGACHARYA BKS IYENGAR 14th December 1918- 20th August 2014
Affectionately known to his students as "Guruji", BKS Iyengar studied and taught Yoga for over 80 years. His dedicated practice and teachings continue to inspire pupils of Yoga all over the world. He is widely respected for his achievements and is recognised as the most influential Yogi of our time.
Yoga is a philosophy, a science and an art that has been practiced in India for over two thousand years.
Yoga means union or integration. It is a process of self discovery which unifies the human body, mind and spirit. Yoga practice increases our awareness of the world within and around ourselves.
Yoga asanas (postures) and Pranayama (breath control) teach us techniques of alignment and self observation. Studying the actions of the body help us to learn to self discipline and to focus the mind.
Yoga is an ancient system of personal development for body, mind and spirit. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali originate in India more than 2000 years ago and are one of the key texts for the study and practice of Yoga. Patanjali clarified all aspects of Yoga, which provides a path of self-discovery using the Ashtanga, eight limbs of yoga, to attain realisation: