The Iyengar Yoga method is renowned for its focus on precision, timing and use of props. Created and developed over 75 years by Yogacharya BKS Iyengar, the Iyengar method is firmly based on the traditional eight limbs of yoga taught by Patanjali over 2,500 years ago.

Iyengar Yoga will help you to achieve mental, physical and spiritual stability and strength. BKS Iyengar created props, such as bolsters, benches, bricks, straps and sand bags, to help students experience the full benefits of asana and pranayama.

In an Iyengar Yoga class, you can expect detailed instructions from the teacher, who will often demonstrate poses to help students deepen their understanding of the postures and develop an overall awareness of body and self. You will also be encouraged to work at your own capacity, and deal with injuries or conditions you may be working with.

“I have no right to brand my practices or teachings as Iyengar Yoga. My pupils, who follow me, call it Iyengar Yoga. The only thing I am doing is to bring out the in-depth, the hidden qualities of Yoga to the awareness of you all. What I do is pure, authentic traditional Yoga. It is wrong to differentiate traditional yoga Iyengar Yoga, as it is also not fair to brand Yoga, as Raja-yoga, Hatha-yoga, Laya-yoga, Kundalini-yoga, Taraka-yoga and so forth. There is no distinction between one Yoga and another. Yoga, like God is one.”
— BKS Iyengar

Benefits of Iyengar Yoga

Improved physical health, increased flexibility, higher energy levels and enhanced mental stability and focus are just some of the benefits of Iyengar Yoga. As a regular practitioner, you can also expect to improve your overall wellbeing, strength, posture and mobility. While it is not a ‘quick-fix’ for health problems or conditions, those who practice Iyengar Yoga often report they eat better, sleep better and feel better overall.

Beginning Iyengar Yoga

Everybody can do Iyengar Yoga – from absolute beginners to experienced yoga students. If you are a brand new student, you will be able to join any Iyengar Yoga class for beginners, where you will be closely guided by your teacher to develop confidence and capacity at your own pace in a systematic way.

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BKS Iyengar

BKS Iyengar devoted his life to the practice, study and teaching of yoga. Born 14 December 1918 in Bellur, India, Iyengar overcame extreme poverty and illness early in life through his study of yoga. As well as being a devoted student and teacher, Iyengar was a prolific writer. His book Light on Yoga (1966) remains the seminal text for Iyengar Yoga students and teachers around the world. BKS Iyengar is widely credited for bringing yoga to the West.

Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI)

The Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) welcomes students and teachers of Iyengar Yoga from all around the world. It was established on 19 January 1975 in Pune, Maharashtra, and was the home and practice hall of BKS Iyengar during his lifetime. The RIMYI is a popular place of pilgrimage for Iyengar Yoga students, offering classes, workshops and educational seminars run by the Iyengar family.

Recent Articles

New Ethics Committee Member Craig Mackie

Meet Craig Mackie. Craig recently joined the Ethics & Certification Committee as a legal counsel. He is a barrister specialising in commercial litigation and also a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, based in Hobart.

Meet Craig Mackie. Craig recently joined the Ethics & Certification Committee as a legal counsel. He is a barrister specialising in commercial litigation and also a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, based in Hobart.

How long have you been practising Iyengar Yoga?

I started practising yoga around 2004 and first attended classes to help with workplace stress and a long term shoulder injury which I have from playing cricket.

When did you start teaching yoga?

In 2016 I received an introductory level teaching certificate and now teach at the Hobart School of Iyengar Yoga.

What do you do outside yoga?

I am a barrister. Next year I will have been admitted to practice as a lawyer for 30 years, specialising in commercial litigation. I have a large Anti-Discrimination law practice and also work with people like doctors, nurses, architects, vets and real estate agents who are being investigated by their regulatory bodies. I am also a member of Tasmania’s Disciplinary Tribunal, which presides over allegations of misconduct against lawyers. Besides yoga and law, I keep bees; I’m an accredited cricket coach, and, like all good Tasmanians, I enjoy bushwalking.

What do you hope to bring to the Ethics and Certification Mark Committee?

For some time now, I have been helping the Ethics & Certification Committee review and redraft IYA’s Ethical Guidelines. Like most policy documents, which have been written some time ago, I realised they needed updating to consider an approach that was thorough, transparent and reflected current community standards.

These documents are on the IYA website, and I encourage everyone to take time to look at them. The review and implementation of these guidelines is an ongoing process.

By coming onto the ECMC, I join the other committee members in attempting to ensure the practice of Iyengar Yoga is safe and rewarding for all.

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Mid Year 2019 Teacher Assessment — Results

Big congratulations to all the teachers who were successful at the Iyengar Yoga Australia Mid Year 2019 Assessments conducted in May.

Big congratulations to all the teachers who were successful at the Mid Year 2019 Assessments conducted in May.

Intermediate Junior Level III

Ross Parris & Tim Oddie

Intermediate Junior Level II

Vanessa Shribman & Kirsten Shteinman

Intermediate Junior Level I

Petra Winkler-Hirter & Bernie Hillard

Introductory Level

Patricia Farnsworth, Marie Morrison, Gillian Braddock, Debbie Hookway, Kylie Elliott, Keith Russell, Patricia Lloyd, Anat Cossen, Kate Bywaters, Melanie Robinson, Kate Mugavin, Alexander Monin, Renae Moore, Christine Plate, Cathy Taylor & Molly Ross.

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Yoga Sequence - Backbends (Sophie Johnston)

We all know that we should practice our yoga not just in class but also at home. But sometimes you just don’t know where to start or what to practice. Thank you to Sophie Johnston from Coogee Yoga for putting this sequence together for us.

We all know that we should practice our yoga not just in class but also at home. But sometimes you just don’t know where to start or what to practice.

Perhaps not if you are a yoga teacher, but for those of us who are not, here’s a backbend practice sequence for you.

Yoga Sequence - Backbend - Sophie Johnston, Coogee Yoga

Thank you to Sophie Johnston from Coogee Yoga for putting this sequence together for us.

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