B. K. S. Iyengar, 14 December 1918 – 20 August 2014
Iyengar Yoga is a precise method of yoga focussing on correct alignment, involving working safely to increase flexibility and strength. Props are sometimes used to help those with less strength or flexibility achieve the postures safely. The classes are sometimes hard work, demanding concentration but the benefits are physical, psychological and spiritual.
Classes are structured beginning with simple poses or asanas and moving to more advanced poses as your practice and experience develop. The classes end with relaxation and sometimes include breathing techniques called pranyama.
Iyengar teachers must have completed three years of regular practice followed by two years of teacher training and comprehensive assessment. They are required to continue with their professional development training each year.