What to expect in an Iyengar yoga class
Each class is different with a carefully structured sequence of postures that can include standing, sitting, twisting, forward bends, backbends, inverted and restorative.
Beginners first learn to stretch and increase their stamina in basic standing and seated postures before progressing to more complicated ones such as a headstand – this is one of the reasons why Iyengar Yoga is safe and suitable for people of all ages and abilities.
A lot of care and attention goes into correct alignment, and postures are held longer than other styles of yoga so that muscles have time to stretch and relax, and to focus awareness.
A variety of yoga props are used to help each individual work to their own level, whether flexible or stiff, younger or older.
As a holistic approach, yoga benefits both mind and body. It improves posture, flexibility, strength, muscle tone, concentration, self confidence and mental calm. Iyengar yoga has been described as mediation in action.
Highest Standards of Yoga Teacher Training
Iyengar Teachers are trained to rigorously high standards. Current students must have a minimum of 3 years consecutive attendance with a qualified teacher, and have a regular home practice before undergoing a 3 year Teacher Training course and assessment.
Once qualified, teachers continue regular training & practice with other senior teachers and complete Professional Development days each year with the Iyengar Yoga Association.
Only fully certified teachers are authorised to teach Iyengar Yoga as a guarantee of quality and to maintain the high standards set.
B.K.S Iyengar and the Father of Modern Yoga Today
IYENGAR yoga is the world’s most widely practised method of yoga. It was first taught by Yogacharya Sri B.K.S Iyengar of Pune, India. Born 14th December 1918 in Bellur, India, he studied and practised yoga for over 70 years. His method of yoga continues to have worldwide recognition for being accessible and relevant to everyone.
Not long before his death on 20th August 2014 at the age of 95, he continued to practice yoga every day inspiring thousands of students internationally. He leaves behind a legacy of helping to spread the benefits of yoga and popularising it all over the world.
His development of props and therapeutic approach has made yoga open to everyone.