Hallmarks of the Iyengar Teaching Method
Unusually rigorous teaching standards. To become a Certified Iyengar yoga teacher one must prepare for at least four years and have passed multiple teaching reviews by senior teachers. Certification involves two written exams covering nearly 70 postures and pranayamas, as well as yoga philosophy, anatomy, and modifications for illness and injuries.
Modification of the classic asanas (yoga postures). Teachers develop their eye to help every student achieve the proper shape and direction of each pose using props such as blocks, blankets, belts, etc. as needed to maximize results.
Structured, proven teaching methods. Iyengar teaching follows a format including demonstration, observation, instruction, correction and progression to develop the students understanding and capabilities.
Demonstration of the postures. Teachers first show the posture for the students to see, then observe the students performing the postures and give clear corrections to insure the students’ continued progress. In an Iyengar class you will never see a teacher practicing in front of the students without watching, correcting and guiding them.
Progressive Instruction. Teachers use specific teaching points and thoughtfully constructed sequences that build skill and understanding from posture to posture, and from class to class.
Yoga philosophy is incorporated into the teaching of asana (postures) classes.
The Iyengar Yoga National Association of the U.S. website has the inclusive list of all Iyengar certified teachers in the country at www.IYNAUS.org. Check out the site for many wonderful resources about yoga or to join the national organization.