Iyengar Yoga

Iyengar Yoga is a refined, in-depth system of yoga that emphasizes safety, optimal body alignment, individual adjustment and attention to detail. It is uniquely suited to all levels of fitness and physical conditions, including the most inflexible. It is a profound, intelligent, rewarding and transformative practice of yoga.

In addition to addressing the needs of healthy people, the Iyengar method is now widely acknowledged and trusted by the international medical community for it’s documented efficacy in the treatment of various medical conditions and illnesses.

Yogacharya B.K.S Iyengar (Guruji)

December 14, 1918 – August 20, 2014

Called the “Michelangelo of yoga” and the “king of yogis,” named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people, B.K.S. Iyengar is universally acknowledged as one of the world's greatest yoga teachers.

B.K.S. Iyengar brought yoga to the west with his pioneering teaching in the 70s, the beginning of today’s explosive growth in yoga. His seminal manual Light on Yoga, called “the bible of yoga” and continuously in print since 1966, has been the source book for generations of yoga students. 

His invention of yoga props – now ubiquitous in yoga studios of all styles – revolutionized the art. Blankets, belts and other devices allow students of all skill levels to work safely in the classical yoga asanas (postures). Mr. Iyengar also revolutionized the therapeutic applications of yoga, gaining recognition for yoga as treatment for serious medical conditions.

“Confidence, clarity and compassion
are essential qualities of a teacher.”

– B.K.S. Iyengar


What it Means to Be Iyengar Certified

In order to be certified at the Introductory level, an applicant need to have a minimum of 3 years of study with a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and maintain a regular home practice. The prospective teacher must then complete a 2–3 year teacher training program or 150 hours of apprenticeship; be recommended by two certified teachers; and pass an assessment by 3 Intermediate or above certified teachers. The assessment includes a comprehensive written test covering the subjects of anatomy, philosophy and teaching; a 2-hour demonstrated practice showing the ability to do the poses on the syllabus as well as a demonstration of a pranayama (breathing techniques). Lastly the candidate must teach a 40 minute class to demonstrate deep knowledge of the method of teaching, how to make postures accessible to the students in the class as well as teaching effectively so that the students in the class are able to progress. If the candidate passes they are then required to continue to study with their mentor and possibly continue to seek certifications at higher levels over a long period of time. Iyengar Certified teachers must observe IYNAUS Ethical Guidelines and commit to teach only Iyengar Yoga without mixing in other styles. From start to finish it takes a minimum of five years of study to become certified to teach Iyengar Yoga. It is unlikely there is any more rigorous training and certification process in the United States.

Students need to find a teacher they understand, feel comfortable with so the certification is one piece of finding the right teacher.  

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Other Resources



Website for the Iyengar Yoga Association of the United States. Visit here to learn more about Iyengar yoga.



Website for the Iyengar Yoga Association of New England. Please consider joining our Association to support disseminating the teachings of B.K.S Iyengar throughout the New England region.

http://iynaus.org/sites/iynaus_files/pages/HomePracticeSeq_L1.pdf Level 1 sequences for your home practice.

Books by the Iyengars:


B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Yoga


B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Pranayama


B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali


B.K.S. Iyengar, The Tree of Yoga

Geeta Iyengar, Gem for Women