Yoga is one of the world’s oldest systems of personal development. Evolved over thousands of years, yoga teaches us how to live in harmony with ourselves and our environment. Iyengar yoga is a safe and systematic method that guides individuals according to their capacity. It was developed from the lifelong practice and study by its founder, Its founder, Yogacharya BKS Iyengar. Born in India, BKS Iyenga became internationally acclaimed over many decades of practice, teaching and writing about yoga.
In Iyengar yoga, we use props–such as blocks, belts and bolsters–to achieve correct alignment. This makes it suitable for all ages. In Iyengar yoga, we use props in several ways: to make the posture more accessible, to improve our understanding of yoga, and sometimes to add another level of challenge.
In Iyengar yoga, the asanas (postures) and pranayama (breath control) are not mere exercises to develop our physical body and lung capacity. They are taught and practised with precision and awareness to evolve every level of our being and considered of utmost importance in the development of our yoga sadhana (path).
The high standards demanded of Iyengar yoga teachers is what distinguishes this school of yoga. Iyengar Yoga Australia accredits Australian Iyengar yoga teachers. They must have at least three years of yoga practice to be accepted to start training. To qualify as a teacher, they must attend a minimum of 400 hours of training and maintain a regular personal practice. This qualifies Iyengar teachers to train people of all ages and abilities in the art and practice of yoga.
“When your body, mind and soul are healthy and harmonious, you will bring health and harmony to those around you and health and harmony to the world not by withdrawing from the world but by being a healthy living organ of the body of humanity”. ~ BKS Iyengar