Iyengar Yoga is based on the lifelong work of yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar. His influence on the spread of yoga around the world is widely recognized. Until just before his passing in 2015, at age 95, he remained active, practicing daily, writing, and overseeing the classes taught at the yoga institute in Pune, India. His daughter Dr. Geeta Iyengar, his son Prashant Iyengar and his granddaughter Abhijata Iyengar continue his work.
Unique characteristics of Iyengar Yoga:
- A complete approach to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual transformation, bringing the practitioner to physical health and vitality, mental clarity and wisdom, and emotional serenity and poise
- A safe, orderly, systematic progression of poses to develop the student’s ability both within a class and from class to class
- Use of props such as blankets, blocks, and straps to facilitate learning and to adjust poses to an individual’s needs
- Emphasis on standing poses to develop strength, stamina, concentration, and alignment
- Highly developed teaching methodology including:
- Precise use of language
- Demonstration and teaching of specific points and actions in a pose
- Individual correction and adjustment of students
- Specific sequences and modification to work with various ailments and relieve stress
- Complete integration of the yoga philosophy with the practice of asana
Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructors must adhere to a rigorous regimen of training and examinations before they are granted certification. All of our instructors are certified to teach in the Iyengar yoga method; they maintain a daily personal practice and participate in continuing education and teacher training in Iyengar Yoga.