When the waves of consciousness are stilled and silenced, they can no longer distort the true expression of the soul. Revealed in his own nature, the radiant seer abides in his [or her] own grandeur.
— B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali

Yoga is union—the union of mind, body, and spirit. The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali lay out an eight-step path towards this spiritual fulfillment. Iyengar Yoga, firmly grounded in ancient tradition, guides modern students along this eight-fold path in a way that’s practical, experiential, and intensely personal.

From the beginning, Iyengar Yoga develops strength, stamina, concentration, coordination, flexibility, and more. Using physical alignment as a starting point, Iyengar Yoga encourages the spread of intelligence throughout the body, the growth of self-awareness, and an experience of the asanas as a form of “meditation in action.”

Students in Iyengar Yoga begin with basic standing poses. In time, forward bends, back bends, twists, inversions, restorative poses and more are taught. As students mature, so does the practice. Teachers may use props such as blankets, blocks, belts, and wall ropes to help students benefit from the poses regardless of their physical condition or level of experience. Classes are sequenced to promote health and skill in the body and stability in the mind. This total approach ensures that students progress from posture to posture, class to class, and year to year.

In B.K.S. Iyengar’s unique teachings, the yoga asanas and Pranayama (the control of the breath) create the springboard that allows students to penetrate beyond the outer, physical layers and explore the inner layers of mind, energy, and spirit. The two quests of the physical and the spiritual are not separate, but interdependent parts of a total approach to self-mastery and enlightened living.

— Description courtesy of IYNAUS.

About Iyengar Yoga Certification

Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers (CIYTs) are held to unusually rigorous standards, earning their certification after years of dedicated practice, training, and evaluation by trained, qualified assessors. The Iyengar Yoga Certification mark, pictured below, is your guarantee of a yoga teacher who is able to meet you right where you are. — Description courtesy of IYNAUS.


These collages are parts of a visual memorial created by Kim in honor of B.K.S. Iyengar's passing in August 2014. The images were sourced from various publications including Yoga Rahasya, BKS Iyengar Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health, the Art of Yoga, and the Yoganganusthanam calendar published by the RIMYI.