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Iyengar Yoga

Iyengar Yoga is the practice of precision which pays close attention to anatomical details and the alignment of each posture. Poses are held for long periods and often modified with props. It was founded by B.K.S. Iyengar to systematically cultivate strength, flexibility, stability, and awareness, and can be therapeutic for specific conditions.

The Iyengar approach to yoga is firmly based on the traditional eight limbs of yoga expounded by Patanjali in his classic "The Yoga Sutras", which was written over 2,500 years ago. B.K.S. Iyengar practiced daily during his 96 years.

What is unique about Iyengar Yoga is that it is characterised in the practice of asana and pranayama with the innovative approach emphasising precision and alignment, planned sequencing, timing and the use of props. This approach has allowed people of varying ages, levels of health and fitness to enjoy the benefits which a sustained practice can bring – the ability to face the physical, mental and emotional challenges of contemporary life with strength, vitality, mobility, thoughtfulness and equanimity.

The term “Iyengar Yoga” was coined by students of Mr. Iyengar to distinguish his approach from other styles of yoga. He, however, described his yoga as “Patanjali Yoga” and said:

“I have no right to brand my practices or teachings as Iyengar Yoga. My pupils, who follow me, call it Iyengar Yoga. The only thing I am doing is to bring out the in-depth, the hidden qualities of Yoga to the awareness of you all. What I do is pure, authentic traditional Yoga. It is wrong to differentiate traditional yoga Iyengar Yoga, as it is also not fair to brand Yoga, as Raja-yoga, Hatha-yoga, Laya-yoga, Kundalini-yoga, Taraka-yoga and so forth. There is no distinction between one Yoga and another. Yoga, like God is one.”

Zhanna Zeleke is an Iyengar Certified Yoga teacher, certified through Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada.

Private Iyengar Instruction

One-on-one instruction creates a safe, peaceful environment to help release both physical and emotional tension. Private sessions are a great way to understand and deepen your yoga practice.

Group Iyengar Classes

Practicing Iyengar in an intimate group setting can be exciting as each group, each day and each class is different. Group classes allow us an opportunity to learn and grow from each other.

FOUNDATIONS CLASSES - for beginners to Iyengar

LEVEL 2 CLASSES - for more advanced Iyengar students

Iyengar Yoga FAQ's

IS IYENGAR YOGA GOOD FOR BEGINNERS?

Iyengar Yoga is excellent for people of all ages and all abilities. 

Your teacher will answer any questions you may have about equipment and clothing required for the class. In general, teachers can provide a minimum amount of equipment for a new student.

Loose-fitting clothing is enough and you should be prepared to practise in bare feet.

You should tell the teacher if you have medical conditions, such as post-operative conditions, hypertension, heart problems, high or low blood pressure, back, neck or knee problems, menstrual disorders etc. You should not eat for at least two hours before an Iyengar Yoga class or four hours in the case of a heavy meal.

DO I HAVE TO BE PHYSICALLY FIT?

Iyengar Yoga is for anyone irrespective of age, gender, health, religion and circumstances in life. Iyengar Yoga is not competitive. You will not be judged against other people. A distinctive feature of Iyengar Yoga is the use of equipment, called props, to enable a student to develop strength, flexibility and control in a posture in order to achieve their full potential. In this way a student works to his or her maximum ability within a general mixed class. The teacher is trained to select the correct prop and to supervise the individual student.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING AN IYENGAR YOGA CLASS?

The teaching of yoga postures in an Iyengar Yoga class is essentially similar wherever you go; each teacher will teach the postures which he/she has selected for the class for a specific reason, but the manner of teaching postures is the same worldwide. This means a student can go to any teacher and fit in to the class immediately.

In general the class will start with a few moments of quiet to prepare for the yoga. This is followed by some preliminary movements to mobilize, open and activate the body and quieten the brain to encourage a focused, concentrated state of mind. Standing postures are then often practiced, in which one learns the fundamentals of how to adjust and align the body correctly. This has to be learned before more advanced postures can be successfully mastered. Standing poses therefore form the foundation of even the most advanced postures.

Some basic pranayamas may be introduced during the relaxation/recuperative period at the end of each asana class. 

The high standard of training of teachers ensures a good record of safety for the students. Students will often say they walk away from an Iyengar Yoga class feeling straighter and full of energy despite of having worked quite hard.

WHAT MAKES IYENGAR DIFFERENT FROM OTHER TYPES OF YOGA?

The trademark of Iyengar yoga is the intense focus on the subtleties of each posture. B.K.S. Iyengar taught his classes from his home in Pune, India and has become one of the most influential yoga gurus of our time. In a typical Iyengar class, poses are held much longer than in other schools of yoga, in an effort to pay closer attention to the precise musculoskeletal alignment within each asana. Another trademark of Iyengar yoga is the use of props, such as blocks, belts, bolsters, chairs and blankets, which are used to accommodate injuries, tightness or structural imbalances, as well as teach the student how to move into a posture properly.

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