About Iyengar Yoga and FAQ's

Yoga master, B.K.S. Iyengar says that yoga is for everyone! 

Yoga is a holistic experience that benefits the body, mind and spirit. 

Mr.Iyengar takes the ancient practice and philosophy of yoga and explains it so that it can be applied to modern living.
Yogacharya Iyengar practiced and taught for over 75 years.  He began teaching at the age of 18.
He livesd in Pune, India and is the author of many books and has won numerous awards.
Through this dedicated practice of over 75 years he has developed props to help make yoga accessible to all.  His son and daughter, Prashant and Geeta are also accomplished teachers and authors of many books.

If you are interested in learning more about B.K.S. Iyengar check out http://www.bksiyengar.com/.

Many people wonder What is Iyengar Yoga?

Iyengar yoga of course is based on the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar.  His teachings are deeply rooted in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali said to be written about 2500 years ago.

What do the props do?

Mr. Iyengar is credited for many innovations in teaching yoga through the use of props.  The props are used to allow anyone to gain the benefits of yoga through proper alignment no matter what their physical condition or age is.  Props give stability, alignment and support when needed so the mind can relax and the body can receive more benefits from each pose.  They also allow one to stay in each pose longer, gaining further benefits.

What can I expect from a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher?

Certified Iyengar Yoga teachers differ from studios who base their teachings on "Iyengar Yoga" in that they have had to go through many years of rigorous instruction.  It takes approximately 5 years to earn the first level of Certification.

Iyengar yoga teaches a safe and systematic progression of yoga postures to develop strength and stability in the poses.  Sequencing is very important in the development of strengthen, stability, alignment and flexibility.

Iyengar teachers are taught:
-how to give individual adjustment and adjust for common problems.
-the use precise language.
-to demonstrate postures for safety and to develop subtle understanding of the poses and actions.

Iyengar yoga is not just about the asanas (poses), it teaches the importance of pranayama (breath work) and philosophy to make yoga relevant even off the mat.