About Iyengar Yoga

The Iyengar style of teaching is marked by the precise of alignment
of the bones, muscles and joints while performing asana (poses),
placing emphasis on developing strength, flexibility,
and focus with correct body alignment.

Iyengar Yoga

created by B. K. S. Iyengar, is a form of Hatha Yoga and focuses on the structural alignment of the physical body through the development of asana and is characterized by great attention to detail and precise body alignment. Iyengar yoga is known for its use of belts, blocks, chairs, benches and blankets, as aids in performing asana (postures), the Iyengar props function as aids allowing beginners to experience asana more easily and fully.

The props provide stability and length allowing students space and support to perform the asana correctly and making the postures safe, supported and accessible to both young and old. Props help to reduce the risk of injury and allow elderly, injured, tired or ill students to enjoy the benefits of many asana via fully "supported" methods requiring less muscular effort developing strength, mobility and stability safely.

    An Iyengar Yoga class is highly verbal and precise experience. . Students are encouraged right from the first class to use props to help them attain the “true pose”. Misalignment's and errors actively and quickly corrected. With regular practice the student’s body develops correct alignment and the strength to maintain it throughout daily life. Iyengar yoga teachers complete at least two years of rigorous training for the introductory certificate and may complete subsequent intermediate and senior levels of certification, potentially entailing a decade or more of training.

"The practice of yoga asana for the sake of health,
to keep fit, or to maintain flexibility is

the external practice of yoga,
while this is a legitimate place to begin,
it is not the end...

Even in simple asana,
one is experiencing the three levels of quest:
the external quest, which brings firmness of the body;
the internal quest, which brings steadiness of intelligence;
and the innermost quest, which brings benevolence of spirit.”
Light on Yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar