demands maximum effort yet allows students to progress according to their own capacities. Poses are adapted with the use of props (pillows, foam wedges, etc. to balance body positioning) to meet individual's needs.
Before becoming certified, Iyengar teachers must train for several years. They are required to teach for a minimum of two years and demonstrate their own physical expertise and understanding of Hatha Yoga (postures), Pranayama (breathing). They also have to show a deep knowledge of the philosophy of Yoga as well as an ability to teach. They are assessed by a board of senior teachers before certification is granted.
"Yoga is a preventative now and a restorative later". From the Yoga Rahasya, vol 25 #1, 2018, excerpts from his last public message: "---I say I started yoga for my physical well-being---. ---Today, I request that when you are practicing, you should not think of the extension and expansion of the body-------, use your intelligence as an actor, as an instrument to make the body to spread; you are one with G-D, you are one with your soul; you are one with your body."