What makes one type of yoga different from the others? Why the popularity with Yoga?
How does one make a choice for one type of yoga over the next?
With 22 years as a Physiotherapist, and training through the Iyengar system of yoga, I encourage most of my clients to attend an Iyengar yoga class in order to obtain thorough instruction and correction by a trained teacher. My physiotherapy practice is strongly influenced by Iyengar training and my yoga teaching integrates my training in physiotherapy and osteopathic medicine.
Iyengar yoga is one of the few yoga disciplines requiring a minimum of five years of training, the last 3-5 focused directly on the certification process and assessment. The average length of time before certification is eight years because at least two years of study at an advanced level is required before being accepted into the teacher training program. Candidates for certification undergo an assessment process which includes recommendations by mentoring teachers, a review of study and teaching experience, and a comprehensive three part examination.
This is a requirement established by B.K.S. Iyengar, now 93 years of age. He is one of foremost teachers of yoga in the world today and largely responsible for the development of yoga in the west.
One will recognize a certified teacher by the Iyengar certification mark.
Maintenance of the Iyengar Certification mark requires that we, as teachers, work with other teachers, who through years of training have attained a senior level of assessment.
As the author of “Light on Yoga” considered the bible of yoga texts, Mr. Iyengar has through 75 years of intense practice and teaching produced significant innovations in the way yoga is taught.
The Iyengar style of teaching is marked by precision of alignment in the body. The classes are structured around the sequencing of exercises and (asanas) poses. It is a system of yoga recognized for its use of props such as bolsters, blocks, chairs, straps and blankets allowing those with injury, age or compensation to practice safely.
Iyengar Yoga is both an art and a science and is at the forefront of research on its use with medical conditions. injuries and addiction.
It is a precise, detailed, scientifically based discipline which evolves as your years of practice continue.
The Iyengar method offers:
• A safe and systematic progression of yoga postures and exercises to develop each student’s level of skill and ability
• Sequencing that develops strength, flexibility, stamina, concentration and body alignment
• Highly developed teaching methodology including precise use of language and verbal cueing, demonstration by the teacher to develop understanding and intelligent action and individual correction of students when necessary
• Use of props to facilitate learning, adjusting postures to suit individual needs
• Qualified and rigorously trained instructors committed to excellence in teaching
You could consider Iyengar yoga when making choices about your needs and health.