Iyengar Yoga


What is Yoga?
Yoga is an ancient art developed over three thousand years ago in the foothills of the Himalayas. The science of yoga has endured the ages and is today just as powerful of a practice to help people deal with their daily stresses and challenges in a more graceful and empowering way. Yoga affects a person’s life on all levels in body, mind and spirit. It brings physical health and stamina, mental steadiness and poise, and spiritual awareness. 

What is Iyengar Yoga?
At Yoga Northwest we follow the school of Iyengar Yoga, which is a dynamic and rigorous form of Yoga that focuses on balance, strength, stamina, flexibility and relaxation, with an emphasis on alignment, breath and awareness for health, vitality and inner peace.

Who is B.K.S. Iyengar?
Our teacher, Shri B.K.S. Iyengar, (14 December 1918 – 20 August 2014) was considered one of the world’s foremost authorities of contemporary yoga. He lived in Pune, India and was a devoted practitioner until his death at age 95. He dedicated his life to the practice and teaching of yoga and has trained thousand of students and teachers around the world.

B.K.S. Iyengar revitalized the ancient art of yoga and made it accessible to our modern man in a dynamic, safe, and effective way. He also explored ways to use yoga to help people with injuries and illnesses, adapting the classical poses with the use of yoga props to enhance freedom of circulation, breath and healing. His therapeutic approach to yoga is very affective in helping people with back, neck and knee problems, as well as various heart and stress related diseases. B.K.S. Iyengar is the author of the most respected books on yoga, including “Light on Yoga”, “Light on Pranayama”, “The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali,” “Light on Life,” and in 2013,  “The Core of the Yoga Sutras, the Definitive Guide to the Philosophy of Yoga.”