About Iyengar Yoga
When we say ”Iyengar Yoga”, the first few thoughts that come to mind are precision, alignment, clarity of instruction, use of props, and sequencing and timing of asana.
B.K.S. Iyengar’s (1918-2014) approach to the subject of yoga, and his method of teaching, are so unique that his students started calling his “style” Iyengar Yoga.
Guruji’s teachings are deeply grounded in the ancient tradition of yoga. Following the lineage of his Guru, Sri Krishnamacharya, Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar studied his students and developed a system by which yoga could be learned by anyone, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, conditions, or circumstance.
As Iyengar Yoga practitioners, we follow the path of the eight limbs (asthanga) of Patanjali. This means disciplining the body, the intellect, the mind, the emotions, and the will. Signs of a regular and steady yoga practice are improved health, and a sense of physical lightness and stability. The yoga practitioner cultivates a balanced, serene, and tranquil mind, but is nevertheless strong enough to discriminate between what is, or is not, important to him/her. This leads to ultimate freedom from bondage to external and internal turmoil, while still living in this world.
Teachers of Iyengar Yoga are required to not only undertake teacher training, apprenticeship and assessment, but also to demonstrate ongoing commitment to continuing education and the practice of the art, science, and philosophy of yoga. Iyengar Yoga certification is an international certification structure, and teaching certificates issued by the BKS Iyengar Yoga Association of Australia on behalf of the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune, are recognised throughout the world.