Who can practice "Iyengar
People of any age can practice "Iyengar Yoga". An "Iyengar Yoga"
teacher will always ensure that the students are totally involved
(physically, mentally and emotionally) in their practice.
Introducing yoga to children develops in them the attributes of
courage, concentration and determination. Children can be playfully
introduced to yoga but they should never be forced as this can
damage their spine. They should be taught the yamas and niyamas
with the help of stories and anecdotes.
Guruji was the first to introduce yoga to schools in India. Now
yoga is part of the curriculum of the ICSE board and most of it
is Iyengar yoga. Iyengar yoga is a regular course at many International
universities including University of California, Riverside.
Yoga is a gift to older people when the recuperative power of
the body is declining and resistance to illness is weakened.
Will I be able to do Yoga
if I am very stiff ?
A lay observer may feel that a person who is more flexible can
perform yogasana better than a person who is stiff. However, this
is not true. By regular practice, one can strive towards perfection
in the asana where the effort to perform it becomes effortless.
Who can teach me "Iyengar
Certified "Iyengar Yoga" teachers are present in almost 35 countries
in the world. You can find a teacher close to you through the
directory. A good book
is also a good teacher. Interactive
CD-ROMS are also available.
Is Iyengar Yoga very tough
and demanding ?
"Iyengar Yoga" is definitely not meant for a casual practitioner.
It is not tough but it is demanding. A student is expected to
be totally (physically, mentally and emotionally) involved during
Does "Iyengar Yoga" involve
only asanas and pranayama?
"Iyengar Yoga" teaches all the 8 aspects of astanga yoga: Yama, Niyama, Asanas, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi.
Yogacharya B.K.S.Iyengar has been teaching us how the performance
of an asana needs disciplines encoded by yama and niyama, how
the body needs to be guided in asana, the role of the breath (pranayama),
how the complete involvement of the senses of perception (pratyahara)
and total concentration (dharana and dhyana) help to attain samadhi.
How can I become an "Iyengar
One needs to be a good student before becoming a teacher. Yoga
is a subject where you are dealing with the human body and mind.
Teaching is a major responsibility and an average student needs
3 to 5 years of learning before considering teaching even beginners.
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to become Iyengar yoga teacher?