Iyengar Yoga, one of the world’s most widely-practiced forms, emphasizes correct alignment of all parts of the body within each yoga pose. This precision builds strength and stamina – balance and flexibility – and a new sense of well-being.
Achieving mediation in action, students learn to exist fully and vibrantly in the present moment.
No one is too old or too stiff, too fat or thin or tired. A Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher can guide students of all ages and physical conditions to a yoga experience that’s profound, intelligent and transformative.
Using their deep-seated knowledge of the yoga asanas (postures), Iyengar Yoga teachers individualize their approach for each student. Special adjustments are made for various body types, injuries, and conditions such as pregnancy and menstruation.
Clear demonstrations of the postures. A well-developed eye that lets students know they are observed. Specific teaching points which awaken the intelligence of the body—these are the marks of an Iyengar Yoga teacher.
The teacher devise sequences of poses which build skill and understanding, as students progress from posture to posture, class to class and year to year.
Students learn to rest and relax profoundly, completely releasing the body while drawing the mind towards the peace within.
In The Yoga Sutras, Patanjali wrote about eight steps towards spiritual fulfillment. Iyengar Yoga guides students along this journey of Astanga Yoga in a way that’s practical, experimental and intensely personal
Yoga is union – the union of mind, body and spirit. In Iyengar Yoga, this search for union begins with ongoing practice of the yoga postures. In time students learn to penetrate beyond the outer, physical layers to the inner layers of mind, energy and spirit.
In B.K.S. Iyengar’s unique perspective, the yoga asanas and Pranayama (the control of the breath) allow us to explore the higher limbs of yoga, including true meditation and even Samadhi, the complete freedom that is the end of the yogic journey.
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Called the “Michelangelo of yoga” and the “king of yogis,” named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people, B.K.S. Iyengar is universally acknowledged as the world’s greatest yoga teacher.
Yogacharya (yoga master) Iyengar brought yoga to the west with his pioneering teaching in the 60s and 70s, the beginning of today’s explosive growth in yoga. His Light on
Yoga, called “the bible of yoga”, has been the source book for generations of yoga students. His most recent books are Light on Life and Yoga Wisdom & Practice.
B.K.S. Iyengar’s invention of yoga props—now ubiquitous in yoga studios of all styles—revolutionized the art. Certified Iyengar Yoga instructors modify yoga postures to the needs of specific students using blocks, blankets, belts and other props. These props allow for a deeper penetration into the postures, as well as a longer stay and a more profound experience.
B.K.S. Iyengar also revolutionized yoga therapeutics, gaining recognition for yoga as treatment for injuries and serious medical conditions, and developed sequences of postures appropriate for pregnancy, menstruation and menopause.
B.K.S. Iyengar lived, practiced and worked relentlessly up to the age of 95. He left his physical incarnation on August 20, 2014 in Pune, India. Amongst the many words of wisdom and advises he gave us: “I always tell people, live happily and die majestically”.
Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers are held to an unusually rigorous standard, earning their certification only after years of training and evaluations. Only the world’s most knowledgeable, rigorously-trained teachers earn Iyengar Yoga Certification.
Only certified Iyengar teachers are allowed to use the Iyengar logo, which is a protected trademark. Certified teachers are required by B.K.S. Iyengar to further study with a more senior Iyengar teacher and encouraged to pass more advanced levels of certification assessments.
The Iyengar Yoga Certification Mark is your guarantee of a yoga experience that’s safe, suitable for individual physical conditions, and beneficial for both body and mind.