- Yoga North teaches Iyengar Yoga exclusively.
- Traditional yoga postures (asana) and breathing (pranayama) are practiced, focusing on correct body alignment and sequencing of poses.
- Poses are learned in a systematic, progressive way to build awareness, strength, endurance, balance and flexibility.
- It’s real, it’s structured, it’s safe.
B.K.S.Iyengar (Guruji) (December 14, 1918 to August 20, 2014) is a legend from Pune, India, who taught yoga in a unique way to all his students for many decades. He found the meaning of the ancient yoga sutras by his practical search and regular practice of yoga. He invented many props, including belts, blankets, special benches, ordinary chairs, and blocks to enable everyone to experience classic yoga poses, or asanas. His style of teaching yoga is followed around the world by teachers trained by him, and this has led to his method being called “Iyengar Yoga”.
His many books, articles, CDs and DVDs have influenced teachers of yoga and yoga practitioners all over the world. His daughter Geeta and son Prashant are renowned teachers in their own right, and conduct classes at the Iyengar Institute in Pune. Many Canadian teachers have traveled there numerous times to study directly with the Iyengar family including Yoga North teachers Drew Perry, Andrea Erb, Val Paape and visiting teacher Lisa Towson.
- All bodies have different strengths and weaknesses, shapes and sizes.
- Props help the student achieve correct body alignment in the poses reducing risk of injury.
- Types of props we use are: wood and foam blocks, blankets, chairs, belts, and bolsters.
- Iyengar Yoga is accessible to everyone – young and old, stiff or flexible, fit or not.
- It can reduce aches and pains, improve posture, and assist in emotional and physical balance, reduce stress, and give one a greater sense of well being.
- Yoga North offers specialty classes that provide relief for those recovering from injury or illness.
- Practices and classes are varied.
- They may be vigorous and active. In some cases, poses may be held for a long time; other classes may promote mobility through shorter, quicker movements. eg: Surya Namascar (Sun Salutations).
- Some classes may be very gentle and restorative with supports to hold the poses longer.
- Types of poses practiced: Standing poses, forward extensions, back extensions, twists and inversions.
- Before entering an Iyengar teacher training program, a student must have a solid Iyengar yoga practice.
- The teacher training program is a minimum of 3 years.
- Teachers learn the physical postures, yogic breathing, anatomy, yoga philosophy and precautions for instructing students safely.
- Once certified, a required number of professional development hours are required per year. This is achieved through workshops and classes with intermediate and senior teachers.
- The Iyengar certification mark, endorsed by BKS Iyengar denotes a teacher’s authenticity and commitment to the Iyengar method of yoga.
Learn more about our Teacher Training program here.
The IYAC/ACYI is a non profit organization that maintains a direct link from BKS Iyengar and his teachings at his institute in Pune, India to Iyengar teachers and students in Canada. IYAC/ACYI oversees the teacher training programs across Canada.
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