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									Q. How can Iyengar Yoga help heal physical injuries or increase my level of mental alertness? A. Practicing Iyengar Yoga has been helpful to

About The Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco
Home to the oldest Iyengar teacher-training program in the United States, and the only state accredited Iyengar Yoga program in California, the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco (IYISF) has trained students and teachers from the United States and around the world for over 30 years. The IYISF is recognized for its tradition of excellence by offering students a comprehensive curriculum providing a fundamentally sound, rewarding and challenging learning experience in the hatha and ashtanga yoga tradition as taught by B.K.S. Iyengar. The Institute offers introductory yoga classes, ongoing public drop-in classes, special weekend workshops, retreats and week-long intensives. In addition to this, IYISF also offers a 500-hour and 200-hour Teacher Training program focusing on intensive studies in Asana (postures), Pranayama (breathing practice), human anatomy, physiology, philosophy, and teaching techniques with handson experience.

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many students in relieving pain from chronic tension, lower back problems, sciatica, scoliosis, bursitis, knee injuries, tennis elbow and prolonged periods of sitting and standing. Iyengar students have found that many advantages of Iyengar Yoga have extended far beyond a relief of physical pain into benefits such as increased flexibility and coordination, improvement of posture and self image, relief of symptoms of depression or fatigue, greater concentration and more enjoyment and productivity in social and work situations.



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About You and Your Health
Many people feel that they cannot join a yoga class for a number of reasons. Yoga is open to people of all ages and levels of physical condition. Do not be put off from trying a yoga class because you feel that you might be too old, too stiff, too fat, too thin, too tired, etc. You start the poses where you are right now and develop from that point at your own pace. The Iyengar Yoga Institute has something to offer everyone.

The Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco is administered by the Iyengar Yoga Association of Northern California (IYANC). The IYANC is a membership based non-profit corporation dedicated to the study, practice and teaching of Iyengar Yoga.

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Download a schedule of classes on the web at > Classes > Public or call (415) 753-0909 to receive our class schedule in the mail!

About Our Faculty
All members of the IYISF faculty have studied in Pune, India, and have been certified by B.K.S. Iyengar. Faculty are trained in yoga education as well as in the sciences of the body, such as anatomy and physiology. Their background, combined with a strong daily personal practice, gives them a unique depth of understanding. | 415.753.0909 |

The Iyengar Approach to Hatha Yoga
Iyengar Yoga is a method of Hatha Yoga developed over a period of 70 years by B.K.S. Iyengar of Pune, India. He is one of the worlds most acclaimed yoga masters. Combining classical yoga traditions with innovative refinements, Mr. Iyengar’s approach is marked by dynamism and precision. Iyengar Yoga is unsurpassed as a way to build strength, stamina and flexibility while cultivating a sense of graceful peace and well-being. At home everyday household items like chairs, tables, doors and walls are used in remarkably innovative ways to increase strength and flexibility. Expensive equipment need not be used to practice. Iyengar Yoga is meditation in action; the self is explored through discovery and release of physical tension patterns and psychological resistances. As practice continues, a student’s ability to relax and to concentrate generally improves markedly, and his or her inner awareness is enhanced.

Q. How should I begin practicing Iyengar Yoga? A. People who have not done yoga before should

enroll in an introductory series or in a beginning level class.

Students who have done other types of yoga, but who have never experienced Iyengar Yoga are encouraged to enroll in an introductory series or in a beginning class for at least several weeks. The sound principles of movement and alignment on which the entire Iyengar approach is founded may be new to many students and are presented in the introductory and beginning classes.
Q. I have problems with my health. Can I practice Iyengar Yoga? A. Done properly, Iyengar Yoga should not

Iyengar Yoga F.A.Q.
Q. How does Iyengar Yoga differ from other styles of yoga? A: The Iyengar method places special focus Q. Iyengar Yoga teachers emphasize improving precision of alignment in the yoga poses. Why is this important? A. Exercise as it is usually done only reinforces

harm and often helps many physical conditions. Although yoga teachers are not therapists, many students find that their physical difficulties decrease as a by-product of improved alignment. If you have a physical problem, you should tell your teacher about it before you begin a class. Yoga poses can be modified and adjusted to meet your needs.

on developing strength, endurance and correct body alignment — in addition to flexibility and relaxation. Standing poses unique to this system of yoga build strong legs, increase general vitality and improve circulation, coordination and balance. Poses are individualized to each person’s body type and special physical needs by teachers trained in anatomy and physiology. To address these needs, props such as wood blocks, cushions, blankets and belts are commonly used in yoga classes.

misalignment. If we don’t know how to exercise properly, we tend to stretch from our more flexible areas and rely on our better-developed muscles for strength. Iyengar Yoga encourages weak parts to strengthen and stiff areas to stretch, thus awakening and re-aligning the whole body. (As the body moves into better alignment, less muscular work is required and relaxation increases naturally.)

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