Mr B.K.S. Iyengar, based in Pune India, has made it possible for people from many walks of life to experience the wisdom of the yoga sutras. He has discovered the meaning of the sutras by researching through practice; experimenting on himself before sharing this practical knowledge with his students. His style of yoga is a scientific, disciplined and deeply researched system continued through the teachings of his daughter Dr Geeta S. Iyengar and son Sri Prashant S. Iyengar.
He has described his yoga as “Patanjali Yoga” and says: “The only thing I am doing is to bring out the in-depth, the hidden qualities of Yoga to the awareness of you all. What I do is pure, authentic traditional Yoga.” Iyengar’s style of yoga emphasises the integration of body, mind and spirit. The Iyengar approach to yoga is firmly based on the traditional eight limbs of yoga expounded by Patanjali in his classic treatise, The Yoga Sutras.
The Sutras outline a way of life which develops a healthy body and mind, which can lead to liberation (mukti) and self-realisation (kaivalya). Yogacharya B.K.S Iyengar has shown and taught how all the eight limbs of astanga yoga are integrated in the practice of asana and pranayama. How practicing asanas and pranayama teaches us to concentrate on any subject of our choice. Thus, by the practice of yoga, a dancer can become a better dancer, a scientist – a better scientist, a manager – a better manager; a musician – a better musician; a person – a better person.