Blue Mountains Iyengar Yoga Studio

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ABOUT IYENGAR YOGA

IN THE TRADITION OF BKS IYENGAR

BKS IyengarIyengar Yoga, so coined after BKS Iyengar, who developed his own style based on the tradition of Pantanjali’s Eight Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga.

“ The first five components are our attitudes toward our environment,
our attitudes toward ourselves (yama and niyama), the practice of
the body postures (asana), the practice of breathing exercises
(pranayama), and the restraint of the senses (pratyahara).They are
easier to understand and attempt than the next three aspects.
These are the ability to direct our minds (dharana), the ability to
develop, faultlessly, our interactions with what we seek to understand
(dhyana), and complete integration with the object of our understanding
(samadhi).”

Patanjali’s Sutra’s 3.7 Translation by T.K.V. Desikachar.

Iyengar Yoga places emphasis on alignment, sequencing, precision and use of props. The practitioner not only develops strength and flexibility, but a sense of mental and physical well-being. Iyengar Yoga can be practiced by anyone, regardless of age or ability. The practice brings clarity and understanding to the underlying principles and philosophy.

On 20th August 2014, the world lost a truly great man. Our beloved Guruji, BKS Iyengar passed away peacefully at the age of 95. Whilst Guruji's physical presence may no longer be felt, he has left us an incredible legacy that will allow future generations to continue to learn and develop physically and spiritually. The world-wide Iyengar yoga community is blessed to have Guruji's  daughter Geetaji  son Prashantaji and grand daughter Abhijata continue his tireless work. They, too, have devoted their lives to the art of yoga and have contributed enormously to shedding light on this ancient subject through their teaching.

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IYENGAR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING

The Certification process for the teachers maintains the vigour, integrity and vibrancy of the Iyengar Yoga practice. The Iyengar Certification process entails many years and a high level of on going assessments. There are five levels of certification from Introductory to Advanced Senior level. To obtain the initial Introductory level of teaching certificate in the Iyengar method requires 5 years of practice and at least 2 years of training with a senior teacher.

THE IYENGAR YOGA CERTIFICATION MARK

Iyengar Certification MarkThe Iyengar Yoga certification mark is used under license by certified Iyengar Teachers worldwide. This mark recognizes teachers of Iyengar Yoga who have completed intensive teacher training, have undergone a demanding assessment process and are required required to maintain their Certification Mark licence each year with ongoing training and education, practice and commitment to Iyengar Yoga method. This Certification Mark ensures an internationally recognized standard of excellence in teaching. Only teachers displaying the Iyengar Yoga Certification Mark are qualified to teach Iyengar Yoga. In addition, each certified teacher is required to be thoroughly trained in anatomy and physiology and to be qualified in Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation {CPR}. Today there are over 200 certified teachers in Australia.

For more information go to:

BKS Iyengar Association of Australia

B K S Iyengar