Iyengar Hatha Yoga

Iyengar Hatha Yoga
with Peggy Kelley, Stacey Mietus and Yves Oberlin

Iyengar Hatha Yoga

This may be the most popular style of Hatha Yoga in the U.S. today due to the great skill and teaching genius of the 80+ year old B.K.S. Iyengar of Poona, India. He has taught thousands of students from the world over and focuses on precise attention to alignment in every pose. Basic to his system are the standing poses, often held longer than they are in other styles of Yoga. Props such as blocks, belts, and blankets are sometimes used in Iyengar-style classes to give the body support. An Iyengar yoga class may be slow, soft and meditative if it is billed as “restorative”, or it may be extremely challenging and physically demanding if it is billed as “hard work”.

Class Levels

Fundamentals including basic standing, seated, twisting and supported inverted poses.

Level One
All the above, plus shoulderstand with support, headstand and handstand preparation.

Level Two
All the above, plus regular practice of inversions, backbends from the floor and beginning arm balances.

Level Three
All the above, plus beginning inversion and backbend variations and arm balance variations.

Level Four
All of the above plus dropovers from head and handstand, dropbacks from kneeling and Tadasana. (Minimum two years’ experience in Iyengar Yoga required.)



A form of Hatha Yoga, it focuses on the structural alignment of the physical body through the development of asanas. Through the practice of a system of asanas, it aims to unite the body, mind and spirit for health and well-being. This discipline is considered a powerful tool to relieve the stresses of modern-day life which in turn can help promote total physical and spiritual well-being.

It can be said that Iyengar differs from the other styles of yoga by three key elements: technique, sequence and timing.

  • Technique refers to the precision of the body alignment and the performance of pranayama.
  • Sequence means the sequences in which asanas and breathing exercises are practiced. Following the specific sequence is important in achieving the desired result, because only the combination of certain poses and breathing techniques can ensure the expected positive effect.
  • Timing is the third key element which defines the time spent in each pose or pranayama.

Iyengar Yoga is characterized by great attention to detail and precise focus on body alignment. Iyengar pioneered the use of “props” such as cushions, benches, blocks, straps and sand bags, which function as aids allowing beginners to experience asanas more easily and fully than might otherwise be possible without several years of practice. Props also allow elderly, injured, tired or ill students to enjoy the benefits of many asanas via fully “supported” methods requiring less muscular effort.

Standing poses are emphasized in Iyengar Yoga. They are said to build strong legs, increase general vitality, and improve circulation, coordination and balance, ensuring a strong foundation for study of more advanced poses.

Unlike more experiential approaches where students are encouraged to independently “find their way” to the asanas by imitating the teacher, an Iyengar Yoga class is highly verbal and precise, with misalignments and errors actively corrected. Iyengar teachers complete at least two years of rigorous training for the introductory certificate. They may complete subsequent intermediate levels and senior levels of certification, potentially entailing a decade or more of training.

Happy practicing!


For more information about this class:

Learn more about Peggy Kelley here

Learn more about Stacey Mietus here

Learn more about Yves Oberlin here



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