- Iyengar Yoga focuses on performing each asana (posture) with attention to alignment and pranayama (breath control)
- Encourages the use of props to help the practitioner to achieve perfection in any asana
- For all ages, body types, and levels
- Even experienced practitioners can benefit from this class
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Iyengar Yoga is rooted in the 2,500-year-old classical yoga tradition of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. One of the world’s most widely practiced forms of yoga, Iyengar Yoga emphasizes alignment of body, breath, mind, and spirit within each yoga pose. This precision builds strength and stamina, improves balance and flexibility, helps practitioners avoid injury, and provides a deep sense of well-being.
B.K.S. Iyengar brought yoga to the west with his pioneering teaching in the 1960s and ’70s, ushering in today’s explosive growth in the popularity of yoga. For his seminal role in making yoga a ubiquitous element of mainstream culture, Time Magazine declared Mr. Iyengar to be one of the 100 “most powerful and influential people” in the world.
One of the many reasons for this is Mr. Iyengar’s development of yoga props, which revolutionized yoga teaching. Now used in yoga classes of all styles, the skillful use of equipment such as chairs, straps, blocks, etc. enables everyone, regardless of age, strength or flexibility, to benefit from the study and practice of yoga.
Iyengar Yoga is far more than a simple exercise. What elevates the practice of asana from exercise to yoga is intelligent action and the infusion of awareness throughout your entire being when practicing the poses. When you refine what might otherwise be purely mechanical movement with intelligent action, you transform your practice into a meditation in motion that illuminates the previously dark, unconscious areas of your body and mind with the light of awareness.
Iyengar Yoga instructors must train for years and pass rigorous assessments to receive certification to teach. This is unusual at a time when teachers can be certified in a month in some other methods. Our teachers are thoroughly grounded in anatomy, philosophy, and all aspects of yoga asana.
Certified Iyengar Yoga teachers know how to guide students of all ages and abilities. Deep-seated understanding and experience of the yoga asanas (postures) allow instructors to appropriately teach to the group in front of them, whether they are younger, older, athletic, or have physical limitations.
From the beginning, Iyengar Yoga develops strength, stamina, concentration, coordination, flexibility, and more. Using physical alignment as a starting point, Iyengar Yoga encourages the spread of intelligence throughout the body, the growth of self-awareness, and an experience of the asanas as a form of “meditation in action.”
- The ability to clearly demonstrate the postures;
- Sharp observation skills; and
- The ability to effectively communicate teaching points.
Iyengar Yoga classes are designed to promote strength in the body and stability in the mind. Iyengar Yoga’s total approach ensures that students progress from posture to posture, class to class, and year to year into better versions of themselves.
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