… is a powerful and active form of yoga, originating from the work of BKS Iyengar (Bellur, 1918 – Pune, 2014), who worked until his death in Pune, India. Precision and understanding of the body are key. The practice of asanas is considered the starting point of a spiritual practice. There is great focus on correct alignment in asanas in order to develop strength, stamina, flexibility, balance and proper posture. The practice of standing poses as foundational blocks is emphasised, and will lead to stronger legs, improvement of the general condition, and relief of pain in neck, shoulders or back.
These practices do not only give physical benefits but are also an exercise in concentration and mindfulness. Because, next to the important health benefits, yoga is also: meditation in action. Accuracy in the performance of asanas is not a goal in itself, but a tool, aiming to unite the body, mind and spirit for health and well-being. Iyengar yoga uses props – one of mr. Iyengars greatest innovations. Blocks, belts, bolsters, blankets, chairs and ropes are used not only to make asanas accessible to all regardless of age, flexibility or fitness, but also to challenge the student to understand more, or to facilitate longer timings in the poses, in order to achieve rest and relaxation.
Iyengar yoga teachers are held to a very high standard and only gain their certification after years of training and evaluation. All over the world, teachers are required to take exams according to the programs and syllabi containing standards for asana, pranayama, knowledge of philosophy and anatomy, designed by BKS Iyengar. We are proud to hold the Iyengar Yoga Certification Mark.