B.K.S. Iyengar, the genius creator of Iyengar Yoga, passed away in 2014 at the age of 95. He is well known for his books Light on Yoga and Light on Pranayama among many more books and articles on the subject. Iyengar Yoga emphasizes balanced alignment allowing the body and the mind to develop harmoniously while avoiding injury and discomfort when practicing.
Mr. Iyengar also developed the use of a wide variety of props to help students with limitations to practice postures they would otherwise not have the opportunity to learn and explore deeper concepts and subtleties. The props assist a student to adjust or support the body in different postures to enable a range of motion that is safe and effective. Thus allowing postures to be held for longer timings to let the effects of a pose soak deep into the students experience and psyche.
Mr. Iyengar was also a world renown master of yoga therapeutics. He was known to have explored the ways asanas could help people recover from illness, ailments, medical conditions and injury. Mr. Iyengar's unrelenting emphasis on balanced anatomical alignment and methods of refining postures support the therapeutic aspects of Yoga. Thus the practice of Iyengar Yoga will often result in improved posture, greater mobility, strength and ease from discomfort.