Why choose Iyengar® yoga
Iyengar Yoga is accessible to all.
Accuracy and alignment allow students to progress safely.
Yoga, a thousand-year old science, is
an efficient response to the problems of our time.
Iyengar yoga is based on the study of asanas (postures) and pranayama (breathing techniques). Both traditional and modern, Iyengar yoga is accessible to all, irrespective of age or physical condition.
This method emphasises alignment of the body, precision and intensity of movement. B.K.S. Iyengar also developed the use of props (belts, bricks, blankets etc) in order to enable heightened understanding of the postures and to make it possible for practitioners to carry out the postures even if the body is not yet ready (for example in terms of strength and/or flexibility).
The Iyengar method is progressive and structured. The practitioner progresses gradually, with full confidence that he/she will not become injured. The practitioner will develop both strength and flexibility, but also enhanced self-awareness and concentration. Classes end with deep relaxation which results in finishing the practice feeling refreshed.
The practitioner leaves the class with a sense of having exercised his/her body, but also of feeling less tired and recharged. Week by week, the positive effects of the practice can be felt more strongly, bringing both increased energy and a sense of serenity each day, as well as enabling practitioners to be better able to deal with life’s challenges.
The Iyengar method is progressive and structured
Classes are organised by level.
Beginners’ classes are open to all, intermediate and advanced classes are open to those who have already practiced Iyengar yoga. Practitioners must have attained a certain level before taking these classes.
Level 1 – Beginner
- Practitioners who have never practiced yoga
- Practitioners who practice or used to practice other styles of yoga
Level 2 - Intermediate
- Practitioners with at least one year of Iyengar yoga practice
- Pratice must include Salamba Sarvangasana
Level 3 - Advanced
- Practitioners with at least two years of Iyengar yoga practice
- Practice must include Salamba Sirsasana and Salamba Sarvangasana
These classes are open to all an focus on relaxation of the body and mind, following the principles of alignment, precision and duration of holding the postures which are central to Iyengar Yoga.
It is designed for students of dynamic classes who want to have restorative practice, tired people, seniors, and women after childbirth.
Iyengar teachers are rigorously trained and dedicated.
They focus on strength and stamina, flexibility and balance, concentration and meditation.
My name is Floriane Palmier, certified Iyengar yoga teacher from RIMYI (Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute).
In 2013, I completed the initial 3-year teacher training in Paris with Sri Faeq Biria, one of B.K.S. Iyengar’s closest students.
Since then I have continued my teacher training at the Iyengar Yoga centre in Paris, having obtained three further teacher qualifications (Junior Intermediate III). I continue to work towards higher qualifications, travelling every year to study at the RIMYI in Pune, India for a month each time.
I am an active member of the Iyengar community in France and was treasurer of the AFYI (Association Française de Yoga Iyengar) for three years.
I'm also a member of the BIYAB (Association Belge de Yoga Iyengar), member of the technical comity.
I teach in French and English.
My name is Beāta Gerbredere, certified Iyengar yoga teacher from RIMYI (Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute).
In 2003, I completed the initial 3-year teacher training in Poland with Sri Faeq Biria.
Since then I assisted teacher training in Latvia and organized and led workshops there for beginners and advanced yoga students.
For better understanding of body mechanisms and structures, as well as a desire to help those with functional and muscular disorders, I have completed a professional bachelor studies as a Physical Therapist.
My personal practice has changed a lot with pregnancy and kids. It has become more restorative and mild and helped me to realize, both with the mind and the body, the restrictions that other practitioners, who are not always young and fit, meet when they start doing yoga.
I continue my studies on the yoga mat, live a balanced family life, and am very happy to share my knowledge and experience with others.
I'm member of the BIYAB (Association Belge de Yoga Iyengar).
I teach English and Russian.
Iyengar® qualification and teachers
Iyengar® yoga teachers are trained following standardised programmes developed by B.K.S. Iyengar.
Certificates are obtained from authorised national Iyengar yoga associations.
Only those people who have obtained the Iyengar teaching qualification are entitled to teach using the Iyengar® name and are considered to be a teacher recognised world-wide by the Iyengar® associations.
Teacher training is conducted by an authorised senior teacher and is based on three fundamental aspects:
how to teach postures
how to make subtle adjustments, using props and other aids and understanding how to adapt asanas to specific health/physical problems
Iyengar® qualifications are valid world-wide and Iyengar® teachers must undertake continual training with senior teachers to retain their qualifications.
See the official website : www.bksiyengar.com