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About Iyengar Yoga

BKS Iyengar and his Teaching

The world’s most widely practised method of yoga is that taught by the late Yogacharya BKS Iyengar of Pune, India.  He died in 2014, having maintained a strong daily practice into his 90s.

To quote wikipedia:

"BKS Iyengar was considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world. He was the author of many books on yoga practice and philosophy including Light on Yoga, Light on Pranayama, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and Light on Life. Iyengar was one of the earliest students of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, who is often referred to as "the father of modern yoga". He has been credited with popularizing yoga, first in India and then around the world."

Here's a (silent) video of Iyengar practising in 1938:

BKS Iyengar was credited by Time magazine as being one of the 100 most influential people in the world in the 20th century.

If you want to be inspired here's BKS Iyengar practising 39 years later:

And 53 years later(!) in 1991, practising backbends at his Institute in Pune (where I went to study in 2007):

The Iyengar Yoga System of Teaching

Learning is through a carefully graded and systematic programme of asana (posture). Pranayama (breath control) is gradually introduced once students have a firm foundation of yoga practise. Yoga practice both relaxes and energizes the body and mind and brings vitality, flexibility, strength, concentration,self-confidence and mental calm. Yoga is suitable for all types of people and all levels of fitness.

Practicing Yoga helps you overcome and prevent many stresses, strains, aches and pains. It promotes a firm foundation for health and well-being.

The Iyengar Yoga system of teaching is methodical and progressive, emphasising detailed correctness and absolute safety. When necessary, it uses supports called 'props' that allow students to progress in their practice of postures safely at their own pace, to suit their body. Beginners work in a basic way on simple postures according to their capabilities. As they develop they then move on to more refined ways of working as well as to more complex postures.

Iyengar Yoga Teachers

Qualified Iyengar Yoga Teacher Certification MarkAll Iyengar yoga teachers are trained to rigorously high standards. After training regularly with a qualified teacher for a minimum of three consecutive years, candidates undertake a two year teacher training programme followed by the Introductory level assessment. Once qualified, teachers must continue training regularly and complete professional development training each year in order to maintain their membership of the Iyengar Yoga Association UK. In this way the care and precision that characterises Iyengar yoga is maintained.

These high teaching standards are part of the reason Iyengar Yoga is the most widely performed method of yoga worldwide. The teacher Certification Mark shown here is the guarantee of this quality.