A Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher can guide students of all ages and physical conditions to an experience of yoga, which is safe, accessible and rewarding. Yoga is for everyone. No one is too old or too stiff, too fat or thin or out of shape.
Certified Iyengar Yoga instructors are held to a rigorous standard. Only after years of training and evaluation do they become certified. Iyengar Yoga teachers modify the classic asanas (yoga postures) for individual students with the use of props -- such as blocks, blankets and belts. Props allow for a deeper penetration into the posture, as well as a longer experience of the pose.
Iyengar Yoga teachers use their deep-seated knowledge of the asanas to individualize the practice for each student. Students know they are observed and, if necessary, adjusted. Clear demonstrations of the poses, a well-developed eye, specific teaching points which awaken the body’s intelligence ~~ these are the qualities of an Iyengar Yoga teacher.
Students of Iyengar Yoga begin with elementary postures, with an emphasis on the standing asanas. In time, other postures are added, including forward bends and back bends, twists, inversions and restorative poses. Salamba Sarvangasana (Shoulder Balance) is introduced as soon as students are ready because of its many therapeutic benefits. Each class ends with Savasana, corpse pose or deep relaxation. Students learn to rest in a profound way, completely releasing the body while drawing the mind towards the peace within. As the student progresses, Pranayama (the control of the breath) is introduced.
Teachers devise sequences of poses, which build skill and understanding, from posture to posture, and from class to class. Students are encouraged to develop their own home practice, then the study of yoga is more complete and discipline and commitment flourish. Through my classes and private sessions I create a custom sequence for each student to follow at home to supplement what we do in class.