About the Iyengar method
B.K.S. Iyengar is considered to be the foremost authority on and teacher of Hatha Yoga in the world and the Iyengar system is the world’s most widely practised method of Yoga. Born on December 14, 1918 in Bellur, India, he has studied and practised Yoga for over 70 years.
Iyengar’s thorough study, understanding and mastery of Yoga are unrivalled in modern times. Having taught in all five continents, he has won worldwide respect and recognition for his achievements and has made yoga accessible and relevant to people everywhere, no matter what their physical or mental ability.
BKS Iyengar’s first visit to Britain was in the early 1960’s, at the invitation of the great violinist Yehudi Menuhin, and he made annual visits for many years thereafter, giving demonstrations and workshops and gaining a large number of devoted students.
He set the standard for his teachers and students and his textbooks on yoga have become classics. Having passed away in August 2014, Guruji Iyengar leaves the running of the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India, to his daughter Geeta, son Prashant and grand-daughter Abhijata.. There are over 2000 qualified Iyengar Yoga teachers in the world in over 40 countries with over 180 Iyengar Yoga Associations worldwide.
Julie Howarth – Junior Intermediate level teacher: as a qualified Iyengar Yoga teacher I am committed to delivering the maximum benefits from this system. Iyengar teachers demonstrate then simultaneously observe and instruct each student. Your posture will be adjusted if necessary, to ensure you perform it correctly and safely.
My classes are taught in a specific order so that during the class you experience enlivening poses followed by cooling down and finally calming poses. It is the sequencing of asanas (postures) that brings quality to the practice and contributes to a calming effect on the mind leading to restful sleep.
Yoga can sometimes be misunderstood as a system of slow movement and deep breathing. Iyengar yoga is dynamic and challenging but it can also be quiet and meditative. However, yoga is no quick fix it requires perseverance, time and patience!
Iyengar yoga blends harmoniously with other forms of exercise and sporting hobbies. The health benefits eg. improved posture, flexibility, balance, co-ordination, stamina, strength, breathing ability can only enhance your performance and improve your everyday life.