Iyengar Yoga is named for its creator, B.K.S. Iyengar, one of the world's foremost authorities on yoga. At age 15, after a sickly childhood, Mr. Iyengar began practicing yoga and soon found his health improving. At the invitation of his own teacher, he began teaching yoga soon thereafter.
His influence on the spread of yoga around the world is widely recognized. In 2004 he was named by Time magazine as one of the world's most influential people. Until just before his passing at age 95, he remained active, practicing daily, overseeing the classes taught at his institute in India and writing books. His daughter Dr. Geeta Iyengar and his son Prashant Iyengar continue their father's work, having developed their own unique contributions.
Iyengar Yoga incorporates precise verbal instruction, emphasizes proper alignment of the body, and encourages the use of props (blocks, straps, blankets, etc.) to help all students attain the benefits of yoga. It is an excellent practice for students of any age or ability. No one is too stiff, old or out-of-shape to practice Iyengar Yoga, and all students can find value in its many benefits.
Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructors must adhere to a rigorous regimen of training and examinations before they are granted certification. Julie Lawrence Yoga Center has five Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructors. All of our instructors maintain a daily personal practice and participate in continuing education and teacher training in Iyengar Yoga.
This year marks BKS Iyengar’s 90th birthday. As we celebrate his remarkable life and profound teachings, we hope that his seventy-five years of uninterrupted practice can serve as an inspiration to you, and a living example of the boundless gifts that a diligent and devoted yoga practice can bring.
—Patricia Walden (2008)