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Considered one of the safest and most user-friendly types of yoga, Iyengar yoga focuses on the proper alignment of the body. All teachers are trained to rigorously high standards to maintain the Iyengar care and precision. The unique method of using props and the sequencing of the poses highlights some of the reasons why Iyengar yoga is the most respected and referred styles of yoga taught worldwide.
B.K.S Iyengar is considered the world’s greatest living yoga master. He has refined and perfected a technique that is taught worldwide.
Iyengar began life as a frail and sickly child — but now, at the ripe age of 94, the yoga master can still stand on his head and hold a conversation at the same time.
In his latest book, Light on Life, he recounts how physical weaknesses led him to the ancient practice of yoga:
“My poor health was matched, as it often is when one is sick, by my poor mood,” he writes. “A deep melancholy often overtook me, and at times I asked myself whether life was worth the trouble of living.”
Seeing that the general state of his health was so poor, his brother-in-law, the well-known yogi, Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, recommended a regime of yoga practice to knock him into shape and to help with life’s trials and challenges as he approached adulthood.
Over the next seven decades, Iyengar used his own body as a living laboratory to explore how different yoga postures can alleviate health problems. He used props like ropes, belts and bricks to help even the elderly, weak, and the inflexible who all experienced the yoga’s therapeutic effects.
But Iyengar says yoga goes beyond the physical motions: “The practice of yoga asana for the sake of health, to keep fit, or to maintain flexibility is the external practice of yoga,” he continues in Light on Life. “While this is a legitimate place to begin, it is not the end… Even in simple asanas, one is experiencing the three levels of quest: the external quest, which brings firmness of the body; the internal quest, which brings steadiness of intelligence; and the innermost quest, which brings benevolence of spirit”.
“Often, we hear people saying they remain active and light when they do just a little bit of asana practice. When a raw beginner experiences this state of well-being, it is not merely the external or anatomical effects of yoga. It is also about the internal physiological and psychological effects of the practice.”
I have inconsistently tried several different types of yoga over the years, but since joining the Maidstone Yoga Centre and trying Iyengar Yoga for the first time, I am truly converted. Iyengar yoga stretches and challenges me in ways that I have never been challenged and it has made me want to go right back to the very basics and re-learn yoga all over again. The dedicated and exceptionally well trained teachers at the centre are able to make minute adjustments to my postures that make such a huge difference to the way my body responds. They are also excellent at explaining what my anatomy should be doing to get the best possible posture. I love working in the studio at Maidstone, it has a fantastic 'spiritual' energy and is extremely well equipped. I cannot recommend it enough!
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