Yogacharya - B.K.S. Iyengar

Yogacharya - B.K.S. Iyengar

Invocation to Patanjali

Yogena cittasya padena vacam
malam sarirasya ca vaidyakena
yopakarottam pravaram muninam
patanjalim pranajaliranato’smi
abahu purusakaram
sankha cakrasi dharinam
sahasra sirasam svetam
pranamami patanjalim


Iyengar Yoga is not just alignment, but a realignment of what is possible, through exploration, education and experimentation.

Iyengar Yoga is the world's most widely practiced form of yoga. It is made accessible to a broad number of individuals, irrespective of physical ability, using a methodical, progressive approach, with an emphasis on safety for the student. Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar first introduced the use of props to asana practice (postures) to allow all students to reach the optimum, in terms of alignment allowing them to build strength in a controlled and safe manner, now copied widely amongst other yoga practioners. This makes Iyengar Yoga ideal for everyone from serious sports enthusiasts, looking to improve their stamina, injury prevention or to regain strength after injury, to the everyday person broadening their physical fitness or improving varied aspects of their life. B.K.S. Iyengar lived in Pune, in India until his death August 20th 2014 at the age of 95, where his daughter, Geeta & son, Prashant teach at Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, R.I.M.Y.I.


"Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one's being, from bodily health to self-realization. Yoga means union – the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day life and endows skill in the performance of one's actions."

- B.K.S. Iyengar

Iyengar Yoga Certification

Becoming a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher requires years of practice, study and a rigorous examination of skills. For teachers, the Certification Mark demonstrates a commitment to maintaining the purity, excellence and high standards of Iyengar Yoga.

Certified Iyengar Yoga instructors teach the method set forth by B.K.S. Iyengar without mixing in other styles or disciplines. They maintain a regular personal practice, continue their training with senior teachers or by traveling to the Iyengar institute in India, and hold to ethical guidelines.


Every Certified Iyengar Teacher has passed at least two rigorous, standardized assessments. Some have passed many more.

Becoming an Iyengar Yoga teacher begins with long term, thorough and dedicated practice. One is a student of Iyengar Yoga for many years before becoming a teacher. Only after three years' study, and after developing a relationship with a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher who agrees to become a mentoring teacher, may the candidate begin the application process. Then comes two years' teaching, exclusively in the Iyengar Method -- all before the actual testing begins. In the assessment process itself, candidates are carefully observed and evaluated as they demonstrate asana and Pranayama, and as they teach a class of students.


“As of August 14, 2007 the name "IYENGAR" associated with "YOGA" has been registered as a trademark and is protected in the United States in connection with teaching Iyengar yoga.

Only Certified Iyengar Yoga teachers are permitted to use "Iyengar Yoga" to describe their yoga programs or classes. Teachers who have passed the first level of assessment may identify themselves as Introductory I teachers in the Iyengar method.

Non-certified teachers may not use or advertise the term "Iyengar Yoga" or similar words that could imply that they are certified to teach Iyengar yoga in classes, teacher training, workshops, and the like. They may indicate that they have taken classes with Iyengar Yoga teachers; in teaching they may acknowledge that a certain way of teaching comes from the Iyengar method.”