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What is Iyengar Yoga?

The world’s most widely practised method of yoga is that which was taught by BKS Iyengar of Pune, India. He developed a system of yoga known for its emphasis on alignment and accuracy, through which strength, stamina, balance and flexibility are promoted: a new sense of well-being.

Iyengar yoga is also known for adapting postures as necessary to suit a student’s needs, hence reducing the risk of injury and making the yoga accessible for everyone. It is taught using a carefully graded and systematic programme of postures. Breath control (pranayama) is gradually introduced.

Iyengar yoga is widely believed to have great therapeutic value. Numerous scientific clinical studies have indicated an improvement through regular practise of Iyengar yoga in providing relief from chronic health problems. Specific sequences of postures have been developed to help lower back pain, osteoarthritis, depression and anxiety, insomnia, menopause, and reducing high blood pressure among others.

BKS Iyengar
Considered to be one of the foremost and influential yoga teachers in the world, BKS Iyengar had practised and taught yoga for more than 80 years. His teachings came to prominence in the West after meeting with Yehudi Menuhin. Through Iyengar’s teachings, the violinist recovered from muscular injury and referred to Iyengar as “my best violin teacher”.

Iyengar Yoga is now taught in over 40 countries worldwide with a network of 180 national Iyengar Yoga Associations. He has written many definitive texts on yoga practice and philosophy, and is best known for his books "Light on Yoga", "Light on Pranayama" and "Light on Life".

In recognition of his achievements, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2002 and the Padma Vibhusan in 2014, the highest civic honour for excellence, by the Indian Government. In 2004, was named by Time magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people of the twentieth century.

Iyengar Certification
All certified Iyengar yoga teachers are experienced practitioners of yoga who have undergone rigorous training and assessments of their own practise and teaching. Certification is internationally recognised and a benchmark of excellence.

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