What to expect in an Iyengar yoga class
Each class will be different with a carefully structured sequence of postures, from standing, sitting, twisting, forward bends, backbends, inverted and restorative. The empasis of a session may be on grounding, calming, energising, or strenthening.
Beginners first learn to stretch and increase their stamina in basic standing postures before progressing to more complicated ones – this is one of the reasons why Iyengar yoga is safe and suitable for people of all ages.
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. In Iyengar yoga, asanas or postures are well known for their precision and attention to detail in aligning the body correctly.
A variety of props are used to help each individual work to their own level, whether flexible or stiff, young or old.
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.
About B.K.S Iyengar
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.
About Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training
Iyengar teachers are trained to rigorously high standards. 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 to Introductory Level 2, teachers must continue regular training with more senior teachers and complete Professional Development days each year in order to maintain their membership 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.