We are proud to offer Traditional Iyengar Yoga to the community of Napa Valley and beyond.
Yogacharya B.K.S Iyengar with his intellectual and spiritual practices systematized over 200 classical yoga Asanas and 14 different types of Pranayama ( breath method ) from the simple to incredibly difficult. These have been categorized so as to allow a beginner to progress surely and safely through the postures from very basic to very advanced as they gain flexibility, strength and sensitivity of the mind, body and spirit. The Iyengar method is initially learnt through in depth study of both Asana and Pranayama in unison.
The practice of Iyengar is meant for all and is a way of life. Iyengar Yoga focuses primarily on three aspects. Technique, sequence and timing. Technique means that in practice a student learns specific adjustments in the alignment of how asana and pranayama are performed. Sequence refers to the order and sequence of which asana and pranayama are practiced. Timing refers to the length of time spent in postures or pranayama. Postures can not be done quickly and without awareness. It takes time and patience to move into a posture and become stable. When this has been achieved then one remains in the posture for some time to intensify the depth of the posture and its benefit.
Iyengar developed the use of props for the method to help the body into the correct position. All bodies are different and each student has strengths and weakness. Through the use of props and correct body alignment the body may develop harmoniously in an anatomically correct way preventing injury and pain. Objects like wooden blocks, chairs, blankets, belts and ropes are used to offer support and will allow students to move deeper into the postures.