Iyengar Yoga is a style of Hatha Yoga developed by B.K.S. Iyengar. B.K.S. Iyengar is seen by many to be yoga’s most proficient and knowledgeable practitioner—an inspiration to countless students and yoga practitioners around the globe. During close to eighty years of teaching, he developed an innovative and inspired method of yoga, which is taught under his name. This method is not only one of the world’s most widely practiced methods of yoga; its principles are now incorporated into the teaching of yoga under many names and into many other forms of exercise, therapy, and movement. B.K.S. Iyengar passed away this summer at 95 years old. Until his last days, he continued to practice daily, teach and involve himself as much as he was able at his institute in Pune, India.
Mr. Iyengar was a pioneer in the therapeutic applications of yoga to the treatment of many medical conditions. Medical professionals in many different disciplines and countries have recognized his expertise and efficacy. His revolutionary use of yoga props and the intelligent selection and modification of the postures themselves enable students of all abilities to work to their greatest potential and overcome difficulties of many kinds. It is perhaps his greatest achievement that B.K.S. Iyengar has made yoga accessible to and relevant for all.
To become an Iyengar-Certified Yoga Teacher, the training is extensive. In Canada, the process of becoming an Iyengar Yoga teacher is facilitated through the Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada but the directives come from B.K.S. Iyengar himself. The rigorous training for the Introductory Level II Certification takes 3 years and approximately 900-1000 hours of training. After achieving that level, teachers can continually train towards higher levels of certification. The Junior Intermediate levels each take an additional year of training, as well as direct study in India with the Iyengar family. All Iyengar Yoga teachers are internationally certified through an assessment process that has been standardized across the globe. This has resulted in the consistent development of teaching standards and offers teachers continuous learning opportunity.
B.K.S. Iyengar and his daughter and son, Geeta and Prashant Iyengar, teach and refine this constantly evolving method at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune, India. Teachers from all over the world attend month long study trips to hone skills for their own development and to take back to their own Iyengar Yoga communities. B.K.S. Iyengar is universally honored for his understanding and teaching of the art and science of yoga. He is the author of Light on Yoga, Light on Pranayama, Light on the Yoga Sutras, Tree of Yoga, the newly published Light on Life.