About the Iyengar yoga method
The method's main emphasis is on deep learning and practicing of the "Asanas" - the yoga positions, regarding the body as the most accessible tool for self-understanding and transformation. The Iyengar method is named after B. K. S. Iyengar who founded this branch of yoga derived from the classic yoga which developed through thousands of years in India.
The main guideline on the method is based on the importance of right posture and proper alignment of the body parts in every position. Working according to the anatomical structure creates a connection of the mind with the body allowing the practitioner to submerge deeper into him/herself from the experience of external clarity to the inner clarity of the mind and soul. Another very important building stone in the practice of Iyengar, is the practice of Pranayama - exercising and developing the control of one’s breath.
The self-introspection brings to mind-focusing, relaxation and peace of mind. By practicing we allow ourselves to walk the path toward achieving integration between the body and the mind aspiring to eventually reach the final goal of Yoga - to unify the body, mind and spirit and the private consciousness with the universal consciousness.
B. K. S. Iyengar (1918-2014), was one of the most imminent and important teachers in the world of Yoga of the modern age. Iyengar Yoga is based on the traditional classic yoga while incorporating in it scientific elements of experiment, comparison, analysis and rational examination. Today, the "Iyengar method" is one of the most common yoga methods in the world.
Geeta S. Iyengar
One of the greatest yoga teachers of our time and a daughter of B.K.S Iyengar. She was a pioneer in the Women Yoga field and therapeutic yoga. Along with her father and her brother Prashant S. Iyengar, she managed the Iyengar's center in Pune. She taught for decades all around the world and helped spread her father's method. She was an impressive woman, powerful and was an immense source of wisdom and giving. She taught with great devotion until her last day.
I participated in my first Yoga lesson in 2009 and by the end of the class it was clear to me that I want to incorporate Yoga into my life. Few years later I attended a teacher’s training course taught by
Eyal Shifroni, a senior teacher and I continue to study from him today. I visited few times the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune. I had the chance to partake as a student in the Therapeutic lessons and got to work closely with Abhijata Iyengar (Iyengar's granddaughter) and with Geeta Iyengar (his daughter) who passed away in 2018 . Apart from my own practice in Therapeutic class in Pune, I had the privilege of assisting and learning from an inspiring woman with A.L.S for a whole month. Since the end of 2018 I am based in Berlin and teach in my studio as well as other Iyengar studios in the city. I practice regularly in workshops with senior teachers from all over the world. Currently I'm a certified Introductory level 2 teacher.
Key Features of the Method
Understanding different practice sequences and the way they were designed to create different effects on the body and mind
Ability to stay in a pose & aspire
to prolong it
Gradually prolonging the duration of stay in asanas and deep practicing of pranayama
Accuracy in executing the poses
Developing the accuracy and the technical detailing of the performed asanas while striving for the perfect execution
Understanding the difference of every body’s abilities and disabilities, therefore using different props that allows every practitioner to reach the best execution of Asanas within his reach practitioner’s needs and abilities
Yoga as a therapeutic tool:
Use of Yoga postures with additional different Yoga props (Belts, blankets, chairs etc.) for healing and rehabilitating effect
Know your level
The beginners lessons are suitable for Yoga practitioners who do not have any major physical restrictions, and are not acquainted with the Iyengar Yoga method. Even if you have been practicing other yoga methods in the past, it is recommended to start at the beginners level since it is the best way to learn the basic foundation of the Iyengar technic, flex and strengthen the body and prepare the body and mind for more advanced levels. Beginners lesson focuses on standing poses, sitting poses and shoulder stand.
Suitable for practitioners who have been practicing Iyengar Yoga for at least a year, who are familiar with the basic standing poses and are able to stay in Sarvangaasana (shoulder stand).
All level class
Suitable for practitioners of all levels. Beginners who can’t come to the Beginner Classes are also able to take part in these lessons. In these Classes we will practice during every month poses from different poses „family“ (standing,sitting, forward bends, back bends and upside down poses).
Back and Joints soft Restorative Classes / Back & joints / Rehabilitative
Suitable for people with mild Skeletal problems and/or practitioners who suffer from back, shoulders and knee problems who are able to practice yoga in a group (as opposed to private classes which are available upon request) or for people who are interested in starting to practice yoga in a safe and precise manner.
Suitable to those who are interested in practicing yoga according to their own special needs and limitations, and for those who are interested in a class “tailor made” especially for them.
Yoga Practice Guidelines
It is very important to go through the instructions carefully!
It's advised to arrive at least
10 minutes prior to the beginning of the class in order to begin the practice session in a relaxed state and on time.
Dress code: In Iyengar method we use our eyes as a tool to observe and make sure that the body parts are positioned properly, it's advisable to wear short clothes or body tight clothes.
It's recommended to perform yoga positions on an empty stomach. Wait for at least 4 hours after eating a heavy meal, wait an hour after eating a very light meal.
For Women -
Please inform the teacher prior to the beginning of class if you are on your period.
Please notify before starting the class, if there is any physical problem or any other physical restriction (Pregnancy, high/low blood pressure, heart disease, eye problems, back pains, knee pains etc).
And most importantly!
the yoga practice is aimed to get you in good health and to make you feel good. Part of the positions are difficult and should be worked out gently and gradually. Don't compete with yourself or with others; Listen to your body and be patient.
Being persistent in practice will lead to progress, but wrong practice could cause injuries.
Keep up with these instructions and you will be able to get the greatest benefit embodied in yoga!