One of the most successful Indian exports to the world has been yoga, in its various forms and interpretations.
And of the several schools represented in the West, Iyengar yoga, named after its founder B. K. S. Iyengar, has been one of the most successful.
This style of yoga is very much founded on the eight limbs of yoga as delineated by Patanjali.
A very effective way of keeping fit and reducing stress, it never loses sight of the primary aim of yoga, which is to remember our true nature, our inherent oneness with all life.
Its practitioners aim for simplicity, peace, poise and rejuvenation. And it approaches our mind / body phenomena as an integral unit. That is, there where does one begin and the other end?
Yoga influences the chemical balances in our brain, and the free flowing of nervous energy. Both of which help to promote a healthy and energized life. One example of this are the inverted postures, which stimuate the brain and organs.
Iyengar yoga has a soothing, relaxing method of exercise, which means that you don’t have to be super fit to try it. This is very different from say, Astanga yoga, which has become increasingly popular in the West in recent years, which is quite an aggressive workout.
With the addition of meditation and energy practices, Iyengar yoga offers an all round body, mind, spirit program for health, vitality and inner satisfaction.
If you’d like to learn yoga, in any form, I’d suggest you go to a qualified teacher, who can make sure you get the finer points of these practices. And hence, get the full benefits.
If you’d like to know more about Iyengar Yoga, then the following book is a good introduction:
More information can also be found at the official B. K. S. Iyengar website, this includes a teachers directory: Iyengar Yoga