Main Principles of Iyengar Yoga method
Alignment and Precision
Placing the entire body: organs, bones, muscles and skin in the precise placement according to each individual asana, and using each posture optimally with mindful awareness.
Using expansion and extension – especially of the spine, chest and limbs, creates space within the body. The connection between body & mind means the space will be felt within both.
Yoga is an inward journey. Concentrating inwardly, observing both asana alignment and space, develops sensitivity to feel ourselves from inside and not rely on the outward physical, sensory organs.
Our ability to maintain the pose for longer increases as our practice matures and we achieve deeper states of peaceful alignment.
Internal observations, and evaluation of the way our organs connect and influence one another, enables us to develop an intuitive flow, leading to balance and harmony.
The Iyengar method is to gradually evolve one’s practice and asanas are especially selected, sequenced and linked for each particular class. This allows energy to flow without disturbance to create opening, expansion, and lightness of body and mind to ensure this gradual, yet certain, evolution.
Awareness and Self Reflection
Paying complete attention to precision during asana practice allows our “chita” (consciousness) to distribute harmoniously to every cell and bring our mind, body and egoic-self into a state of equanimity and effortless being.
Surrender and Love
Every class ends with Savasana so we can release, let go, and surrender completely to the yogic union. With attachment to the body released the mind is quietly alert, so conditions are fertile for us to finally meet our true inner-self, connected to our heart-chakra and opening up to its true nature of divine wisdom, gratitude and bliss.