National Iyengar Yoga Day
On Saturday 13th of January yoga classes will be offered free of charge in over 60 locations across Ireland to celebrate National Iyengar Yoga Day. This is the second year of the nationwide event which expects over 600 curious or aspiring yogis as well as regular practitioners of yoga to come together in local halls and yoga studios to practice yoga.
To view free classes in your area click on the following link
Iyengar Yoga Ireland would like “ as many people as possible to try out a free class to experience some of the physical and mental benefits of yoga” , “ In January many people make and break New Year resolutions, but this is one New Year resolution we would encourage them to keep and start the New year on a healthy note.”
Iyengar yoga especially helps with correct alignment, puts less stress on your muscles and is helpful if you’re recovering from an injury.
About Iyengar Yoga
Iyengar Yoga, based on the teachings of yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar, is rooted in the 2,500 year old classical yoga tradition of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Today, it is one of the world’s most widely practiced forms of yoga.
Practice of the yoga postures tones and regulates the body and teaches clarity and stability of mind. The prolonged practice of yoga leads a student not only to a sense of well‐being but also a feeling of being at one with their environment.
The practice of Iyengar Yoga begins with physical awareness of the body.In each posture, every part of the body is acted upon with intent and precision. This precision builds strength and stamina, balance and flexibility and safeguards against injury. The practice goes beyond the physical being to embrace emotional and spiritual growth. The refinement of what might otherwise be purely mechanical movement with intelligent action, transforms the practice into a meditation in motion that illuminates the unconscious areas of the body and mind with the light of awareness.
The skillful use of equipment such as chairs, belts, blocks, etc. enables everyone regardless of age, strength, or flexibility to benefit from the practice. Each class ends with a period of deep relaxation when the student learns to rest in a profound way, completely releasing the body while drawing the mind inwards. As a student progresses, pranayama (control of the breath) is introduced.
In August 2014, the founder of Iyengar yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar, passed away aged 95. One of yoga’s finest teachers, Mr Iyengar practised what he called an “art and science” for more than eight decades and ran one of India’s top yoga schools in Pune, India.he continued to practise in his old age and until his 94th year he was still practising the headstand for half an hour most days! He is credited with his own brand of yoga, which includes using props such as belts and blocks, to help to align and stretch the body.
Iyengar Yoga Internationally
Iyengar yoga is now taught in more than 70 countries with 2,418 certified teachers worldwide, over 10 million practitioners . Mr Iyengar’s books have been translated into 13 languages. In Ireland there are 84 certified yoga teachers and on January 24th participating teachers invite you to try out a free class.
Certified Iyengar Yoga teachers have completed at least three years of regular Iyengar yoga classes, two years teacher training and have successfully passed two or more rigorous assessments.
They are required to maintain their professional development each year to qualify for continued use of the Iyengar Yoga Certification mark. This mark is a guarantee of excellence, clarity and depth of understanding. All of the teachers taking part in National Iyengar Yoga Centre are certified in the Iyengar method and are fully insured.
“Words cannot convey the value of yoga – it has to be experienced” – B.K.S. Iyengar