Iyengar Yoga Evolution ©

Iyengar Yoga Practice with the Chair

Iyengar Yoga Evolution©

A visual guide depicting the evolution of the legendary principles and yoga asanas of BKS Iyengar Iyengar

with the chair

 The chair will support you as you explore innovative ways

to access more advanced poses.

You will apply the creative, adaptive spirit of BKS Iyengar as you learn

new modifications for embodying the benefits of yoga. 

These inspiring practices and continuous adaptations

with the chair will reveal to you the promise of possibility and resilience

that comes with that.

This evolution is part of our journey of sharing experiments and experiences.  

We hope this process will inspire others to genuinely experiment too -

and not just to copy others.

Our own experiments and evolution will go on and we will continue

to share them with you

We think students of yoga in this century must keep exploring,

practising and asking the types of questions that

BKS Iyengar asked  questions that will keep yogic practices and enquiry alive.

We must question and contemplate our values and consciously choose

what is the most meaningful to us.     

We must choose how best to help ourselves and each other,

find stability, ease and freedom in this life. 

And though yoga is considered timeless and eternal,

we must realize for all practical purposes, yoga lives only in the now. 

It lives in the present moment through each one of us,

in how we treat ourselves and one another


 Iyengar yoga is a dynamic process of inquiry informed and inspired by a man who dedicated his entire life to exploration




This guide contains 9 chapters of asana categories  with
over 1600 photographs on 527 pages.  
The pdf.file is 162MB  and will be sent to you via Dropbox

This book is to show how a chair can be used to deepen and enhance the practice of yoga asanas.  It has become part of our journey of sharing experiences, explorations and adaptations of the legendary asanas and principles of BKS Iyengar.

With our Iyengar Yoga Evolution we hope to inspire practitioners, students and teachers to make systematic use of chairs in their teaching and practice, thus helping to spread the evolution process, so that all may benefit from the legacy. 

We hope students and teachers will be inspired by the process to experiment and experience and not just copy others.  

Our own evolution process will go on and we will continue to share it with you.

We are in no way concerned or worried about any intellectual property.     

We believe that knowledge should be fluid; we believe that we stand on the shoulders of those who have freely passed on their knowledge to others and us.   

We have conducted many workshops based on yoga practice with the chair, where new ideas immerged.  We tested the new material based on the Iyengar yoga evolution concept, where more new ideas came about.  

We hope this 2018 edition will ignite and inspire more new ways of exploring the asanas in your practice.




Here's how you purchase this guide 

  • Click on the PayPal "Click here to buy guide " link below

  • Pay US $35 via PayPal - see link below

  • You will receive it as a DropBox link which you can download  

  • I will send the link to your email address 

  • If you have not received your link after day, please send me email. Remember the response is NOT automated - you will hear from me personally - allow for different time zones!



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Inside the guide

Chapter I:

Standing asanas                                                                                 15 – 217  

Chapter II:

Seated asanas                                                                                   218 – 243 

Chapter III:

Forward extensions                                                                         244 – 312 

Chapter IV:

Twists                                                                                                   313 – 367 

Chapter V:

Inversions                                                                                           368 – 395

Chapter VI:

Backbends                                                                                          396 – 471

Chapter VII:

Abdominals                                                                                        472 – 489 

Chapter VIII:

Hand balances                                                                                   490 – 512 

Chapter IX:

Restorative asanas                                                                           513 – 528 

This visual guide  is dedicated to 

Yogacharya Shri B.K.S. Iyengar 

in honour and appreciation of his life and work.

Iyengar Yoga Evolution ©


A visual guide depicting the evolution of the legendary principles and yoga asanas of

BKS Iyengar Iyengar with modern props

This compact  guide documents a variety of modern props that can be used in the practice of Iyengar yoga

Unlike the first practice guide, this chapter of the evolution leaves the practice and adaption of these modern props up to the individual practitioner.

If you have purchased the practice guide with the chair, we will send this guide to as as gift.

© 2020  BKS Iyengar Yoga Centre, Oudtshoorn. All rights reserved.

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