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Our Method
The classes taught at the Center are based on the teachers annual studies through 2014 in India with their Guru, B.K.S. Iyengar and now with his daughter Geeta Iyengar and son Prashant Iyengar. Those teachings have come down through the ages from the great sage Patanjali.
 
When you come to class at the Center, you start by learning the practice of asanas or yogic postures. Asanas help to steady, strengthen and make the practitioner healthy in all aspects from the most exterior such as muscles and bones, through subtler layers such as the organic functioning of circulation, respiration and nerves. Through devoted practice of the asanas, one then penetrates the subtlest layers, those of mind, intelligence and consciousness.
 
After progress in the practice of yoga asanas, one undertakes the practice of the yogic breathing called pranayama. Pranayama strengthens and tones the nervous system and disciplines the mind, making it a fit tool for the practice of concentration and meditation, and a bridge to the soul.
 

 
B.K.S. Iyengar
B.K.S. Iyengar was a true master of yoga. He was born in 1918 and took up the practice of yoga at about age fifteen. After years of hardship and rigorous practice his efforts to bring yoga to light in the modern world began to see some success. At the invitation of the classical violinist Yehudi Menuhin he left India for the first time and traveled to Europe. He continued his annual teaching visits to Switzerland and England for many years to instruct Mr. Menuhin and others. His visits to the United States began in 1956.
 
In 1966 his seminal work on Yoga, "Light on Yoga" was published by George Allen and Unwin Ltd. "Light on Yoga" is to this day the foremost modern text on the subject. Since then he has written several books including "Light on Pranayama" and "Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali." He received numerous awards and recognitions for his devoted work on the subject of yoga. He had also been the subject of many documentaries and interviews on radio and television.
 
Guruji died on August 20, 2014 in his home city of Pune, India. Yoga students from around the world travel to learn at his Institute, the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute.
 
Guruji's daughter Geeta and son Prashant share the day to day teaching duties at the Institute and are recognized worldwide for their mastery of the subject of yoga.
 

 
Patanjali
The great sage Patanjali is generally thought to have lived about twenty-five hundred years ago though some recent thought suggests that he may have lived long before. Patanjali was also a master of Sanskrit and Ayurveda(the Indian system of medicine). His work, the Yoga Sutras, is the most brilliant and current text on the subject. According to Patanjali, the purpose for man's life on earth is to discover the as yet unknown aspect of himself, the soul. Toward that goal, yoga prescribes various practices, all of which should be learned sequentially and practiced with devotion. Patanjali enumerated eight limbs of Yoga Practice. These practices begin with yama, universal codes of conduct and niyama, individual disciplines. Next comes the practice of asana (yoga postures). After progress in the practice of yoga asanas, one undertakes the practice of the yogic breathing called pranayama. Pranayama strengthens and tones the nervous system and disciplines the mind, making it a fit tool for the practice of concentration and meditation, and a bridge to the soul.