Anastasia Iyengar Yoga
Anastasia Iyengar Yoga

About Iyengar Yoga

"Most yoga taught and practiced in this country is hatha yoga, which combines: classic poses (asanas), controlled breathing and deep relaxation or meditation.  Iyengar is a type of hatha yoga that uses props such as blankets, blocks, benches, and belts to help people perform the poses to the fullest extend possible even if they lack experience or have physical limitations.  The emphasis is on precise physical alignment, with trained teachers adjusting everything from of the shoulders to the angle of the toes." From The Harvard Health Publications - Harvard Medical School, December 22, 2009.  

 

Iyengar Yoga is focused on alignment and re-establishing a correct posture. The benefits of a good postures span from better breathing to looking younger and enjoying a pain free life.  For most of us, years of exposure to gravity and a not-so-active lifestyle have taken a toll on our posture.  An Iyengar Yoga class is designed to improve flexibility, stamina and to build a firmer muscolar tone. The Iyengar Yoga approach is precise, intelligent, creative, inspiring and transformative. 

 

BKS Iyengar, now well past 90, still inspires teachers all over the world with his daily practice that often lasts three hours!

 

Iyengar Yoga teachers are held to the most rigorous standard and undergo a training that lasts at least five years.They are also required to participate in continuous education programs on a yearly basis in order to maintain their certification active.  Iyengar teachers are trained to work even with students with serious limitations and injuries, to recognize when students are ready for certain poses, and not to ask them to go beyond their readiness. 

How do I choose a Yoga Teacher?

Important Considerations in Choosing a Yoga Teacher by John Schumacher, Sr. Iyengar Yoga Teacher, Unity Woods, Bethesda, MD


An Iyengar Yoga class provides:


* 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.


* Demonstrations and specific teaching points that develop understanding and intelligent action.


* Individual correction and adjustment.


* Integration of the yoga philosophy with the practice of asanas.


* 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.

 

"Most yoga taught and practiced in this country is hatha yoga, which combines: classic poses (asanas), controlled breathing and deep relaxation or meditation.  Iyengar is a type of hatha yoga that uses props such as blankets, blocks, benches, and belts to help people perform the poses to the fullest extend possible even if they lack experience or have physical limitations.  The emphasis is on precise physical alignment, with trained teachers adjusting everything from of the shoulders to the angle of the toes." From The Harvard Health Publications - Harvard Medical School, December 22, 2009.