Iyengar Yoga allows everyone to practice yoga as a healing tool. Iyengar Yoga is especially famous for its precision in alignment, use of props to ensure a proper posture and its special breathing techniques.
The Iyengar Yoga method was invented by the famous Indian yogi and guru B.K.S. Iyengar. The method includes 14 breathing techniques and more than 200 asanas which are mostly long-held asanas. To ensure perfect alignment and posture Iyengar added yoga props to his method: yoga blocks, yoga straps, and yoga bolsters. Nowadays these props are being used by most of the yogis around the world. Only this way can exercises be practiced effectively and also by yogis with physical or mental health.
In Iyengar Yoga, the asanas are being held longer than in other yoga styles and are reaching deeper layers of the body. Those who practice regularly reach a balance between strength, endurance, and flexibility both in the physical and emotional area.
The Iyengar Teacher Training takes a minimum of two years between the Introductory Level I and Introductory Level II. Before you start your training you will need a minimum qualification that includes a regular yoga practice with at least three years experience. Additionally, a teacher will judge the student’s practice before the actual training. Certified Iyengar instructors are expected to maintain high standards of the Iyengar Yoga method and continue their own regular practice with senior teachers. Currently, there is no 200-hour RYT Training for Iyengar Yoga so if you want to be a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher then you have to do your training at one of the Iyengar Yoga Institutes which are located all around the world.
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