What is Iyengar Yoga?

Yoga can be practised by anyone, whatever one’s state of mind or health

B.K.S Iyengar

About the Iyengar method

The Iyengar yoga system of teaching is methodical and progressive, emphasising detailed correctness and absolute safety.

When necessary, it uses supports called ‘props’ that allow students to progress in their practice of postures safely at their own pace, to suit their body. Beginners work in a basic way on simple postures according to their capabilities. As they develop they then move on to more refined ways of working as well as to more complex postures.

  • Iyengar yoga is suitable for all types of people, abilities and levels of fitness
  • You’ll learn through a carefully graded and systematic programme of Asana (posture), suited to your ability
  • Teachers gradually introduce Pranayama (breath control) once students have a firm foundation of Asana practice
  • Practice helps you to relax and energizes the body and mind, bringing vitality, flexibility, strength, concentration, self-confidence and mental calm
  • Iyengar yoga can help you overcome and prevent many stresses, strains, aches and pains. It promotes a firm foundation for health and well-being

Research into the benefits of Iyengar yoga: Find scientific research articles on The National Association of the United States’s page here

BKS Iyengar in trikonasana
B.K.S. Iyengar in Trikonasana

The Roots of Iyengar Yoga

Yoga is one of the oldest systems of personal development in the world. This system of balancing the body, mind and spirit was formulated by ancient yogis, who understood our essential nature and realised a way to utilise our inner resources to live in harmony with ourselves and the environment.

B.K.S. Iyengar evolved precise posture (Asana) and breathing (Pranayama) techniques with a firm philosophical base in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

Patanjali lived about 1700 years ago in India. He is credited with texts on Ayurvedic medicine and grammar as well as the yoga sutras which encapsulate yoga philosophy in just 196 sutras (aphorisms).

Read more about Patanjali: http://www.bksiyengar.com/modules/IYoga/sage.htm

Find out more about B.K.S. Iyengar here

IYENGAR Yoga Teachers

It takes at least six years of practice and training to qualify as an Iyengar yoga teacher. High standards are maintained through ongoing training and professional development.

There are over 1200 qualified Iyengar yoga teachers in the UK and Iyengar yoga is taught by thousands of teachers around the world.  There are over 20 national associations worldwide

These high teaching standards are part of the reason Iyengar yoga is the most widely performed method of yoga worldwide.  Our Certification Mark  is the guarantee of this quality.