Iyengar Yoga is based on the teachings of the late yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar, author of the classic yoga treatise Light on Yoga, who began teaching in Pune, India, in 1936 at the age of 18.
B.K.S Iyengar died August 2014. His daughter Geeta, his son Prashant and his granddaughter Abhijata have dedicated their lives to teach yoga and continue to teach in Pune.
The Iyengar family’s teachings are deeply grounded in the yoga sutras of Patanjali, an ancient summation of the path of yoga considered to be at least 2,500 years old. B.K.S. Iyengar’s intense practice and almost seventy years of teaching have produced significant innovations in the teaching of the art and science of yoga. To learn more about B.K.S Iyengar visit www.bksiyengar.com
In Sheffield, SADIYI (Sheffield and District Iyengar Yoga Institute) was formed in 2002 to bring together teachers and students for mutual support. SADIYI provides a lively local newsletter published twice a year and the opportunity to borrow books from our yoga library. Supports teachers with professional development as well as equipment. SADIYI forms part of a network of local Institutes and Associations affiliated to the national Iyengar Yoga Association (UK). For more information about Sadiyi and to join visit the website.
All Iyengar yoga teachers are trained to rigorously high standards. After training regularly with a qualified teacher for a minimum of six consecutive years, candidates undertake a two year teacher training programme followed by the Introductory Level 2 assessment. Once qualified, teachers must continue training regularly and complete professional development training each year in order to maintain their membership of the Association. In this way the care and precision that characterises Iyengar yoga is maintained.
These high teaching standards are part of the reason Iyengar Yoga is the most widely performed method of yoga worldwide. Our Certification Mark is the guarantee of this quality.
What to expect from this method of yoga?
Qualified and rigorously trained instructors committed to excellence in teaching
A safe and systematic progression of yoga postures to develop each student’s ability and skill, both within each class and from class to class
Sequencing that develops strength, flexibility, stamina, concentration, and body alignment
Individual correction and knowledge of how to adjust postures for common physical problems
Precise use of language
Demonstration and teaching of specific points to develop understanding and intelligent action
Individual correction and adjustment of students, when necessary
Ways to use yoga to ease various ailments and stress
Use of props, such as blankets, blocks, and straps, to facilitate learning and adjust yoga postures to individual needs.