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From the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States: Yoga is for everyone. No one is too old or too stiff, too fat or thin or tired. A Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher can guide students of all ages and physical conditions to an experience of yoga, which is safe, accessible and rewarding.
Certified Iyengar Yoga instructors are held to an unusually rigorous standard. Only after years of training and evaluation do they become certified. Iyengar Yoga teachers modify the classic asanas (yoga postures) for individual students with the use of props -- such as blocks, blankets and belts. Props allow for a deeper penetration into the posture, as well as a longer stay.

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Summary: Yes, yoga teacher training in India offers a holistic approach for pure, genuine and core understanding of the philosophy of yoga and below are the reasons why more and more people are studying yoga in India.
One can’t even imagine the amount of lives yoga has transformed globally. People are engaging themselves in yoga schools to study yoga. Yoga schools follow a diverse curriculum that doesn’t just involve some yoga exercises but a complete holistic program which includes all styles of yoga. Most of the yoga aspirants head to India for the ancient, unadulterated and core study of yoga.
Below are the few reasons to prove why one should study yoga or yoga teacher training in India.
 Inverted Poses are some of the most beneficial poses yoga can offer. This is obvious to seasoned yogis and why shoulderstand is referred to as the Queen of Asanas and Headstand is referred to as the King of Asanas. Because we spend most of our time on our feet, inversions offer us the opportunity to turn things upside and allow gravity to work its magic in the opposite direction. I often say that I cannot imagine someone who lives their entire life without practicing an inversion.Shoulder stand, says BKS Iyengar in his formidable Light on Yoga is
 One of the benefits of Iyengar Yoga is consistency to the method of teaching. In this way, the practitioner always knows what types of poses to expect depending on the level of class attended. Level one classes will always concentrate on standing poses. Standing poses are the foundation to all other poses in the Yoga Tradition. You can easily access the actions of the poses while building strength, stamina and flexibility in the poses.
Often times I tend to think of the vernal equinox as the new year. With all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it never feels like the right time for resolutions. But after a couple of weeks or months of cold hibernating weather, I often find the time to really reflect on the previous year and determine what has served me and what has not. Sometimes we host a fire ceremony where we write down that which no longer serve us on paper and burn these items with the intention of losing them for the new year.

Asana Sequences

This is an excellent sequence for exploring the hips and twists in forward bends and standing poses. 
Get deeper into the hip joint with standing poses and seated forward bends in this 75 minute all levels class. 
A deep dive into cooling restorative forward bends at the end of the summer. 
Investigate forward bends, the hip joint and twists in this 75 minute all levels class. 
Inspired by a summer season forward bend class with advanced Iyengar Yoga Teacher, John Schumacher, this 75 minute class investigates forward extensions as restorative without head support. 
Inspired by a weekend workshop with David Meloni, the most senior certified teacher in the world, this 75 minute adaptation from the workshop is a creative and supportive practice of standing poses using the wall. 
Inspired by a forward extensions workshop with Advanced Iyengar Yoga Teacher, Lois Steinberg, this 75 minute all levels class culminates with a supported version of the challenging arm balance pose, Vasistasana, with the use of a chair. Recorded with Yoga Cville, the home to Iyengar Yoga in Charlottesville, Virginia by iHanuman Yoga Media.   Props Recommended: Chair, Strap, Block, Bolster & Blankets. Alternative Props Can Be Used.
Inspired by Forward Bends and Hips study with Geeta Iyengar at the Yasodhara Convention in 2008, this 75 minute All Levels Iyengar yoga class explores the hips in various standing poses. Recorded with Yoga Cville, the home to Iyengar Yoga in Charlottesville, Virginia by iHanuman Yoga Media.   Props Recommended: Chair, Strap, Block, Bolster & Blankets. Alternative Props Can Be Used.   
Inspired by Forward Bends and Hips study with Advanced Iyengar Yoga Teacher, John Schumacher, this 75 minute All Levels Iyengar yoga class explores the hips in various seated poses. Recorded with Yoga Cville, the home to Iyengar Yoga in Charlottesville, Virginia by iHanuman Yoga Media. Props Recommended: Chair, Strap, & Blankets. Alternative Props Can Be Used.
This 75 minute All Levels Iyengar yoga class explores the hips in various seated poses. Recorded with Yoga Cville, the home to Iyengar Yoga in Charlottesville, Virginia by iHanuman Yoga Media. Props Recommended: Chair, Strap, & Blankets. Alternative Props Can Be Used.
This 75 minute All Levels Restorative Sequence is adapted from B.K.S. Iyengar's book, Iyengar Yoga, The Path to Holistic Health to be accessible to all levels. This is an excellent sequence to reduce physical fatigue. Props Recommended: Wall, Strap, Chair, Block and Blankets. Alternative props can be used. Recorded with Yoga Cville, the home to Iyengar Yoga in Charlottesville, Virginia by iHanuman Yoga Media.
This all levels Iyengar Yoga Class is a 75 minute back extensions class includes an accessible variation of Hanumanasana and Ardha Matsyendrasana, two challenging poses. Recorded with Yoga Cville, the home to Iyengar Yoga in Charlottesville, Virginia by iHanuman Yoga Media. View and Download More Yoga Classes & Workshops at iHanuman.com. Props Recommended: Wall, Strap, Chair, Block and Blankets. Alternative props can be used.
This 75 minute all levels yoga class Recorded with Yoga Cville, the home to Iyengar Yoga in Charlottesville, Virginia by iHanuman Yoga Media. 

Props Recommended: Wall, Strap, Chair, Block and Blankets. Alternative props can be used.
This 75 minute all levels Iyengar Yoga class uses a chair to explore the standing poses. Recorded with Yoga Cville, the home to Iyengar Yoga in Charlottesville, Virginia by iHanuman Yoga Media. View and Download More Yoga Classes & Workshops at iHanuman.com.Props Recommended: Wall, Strap, Chair, Block and Blankets. Alternative props can be used.
This 75 minute all levels Iyengar Yoga class, includes Restorative Poses and preliminary pranayama and breathwork. Recorded with Yoga Cville, the home to Iyengar Yoga in Charlottesville, Virginia by iHanuman Yoga Media. View and Download More Yoga Classes & Workshops at iHanuman.com.  Props Recommended: Wall, Strap, Chair, Block and Blankets. Alternative props can be used.   
This 75 minute all levels Iyengar Yoga class, recorded with Yoga Cville, the home to Iyengar Yoga in Charlottesville, Virginia by iHanuman Yoga Media. View and Download More Yoga Classes & Workshops at iHanuman.com. Props Recommended: Wall, Strap, Chair, Block and Blankets. Alternative props can be used.
This 75 minute all levels yoga class recorded with Yoga Cville, the home to Iyengar Yoga in Charlottesville, Virginia by iHanuman Yoga Media. View and Download More Yoga Classes & Workshops at iHanuman.com.
Inspired by a weeklong intensive with Abhijata Iyengar, this 75 minute All Levels Iyengar Yoga class, recorded by iHanuman Yoga Media, includes Surya Namaskar - Sun Salutations, Utthita Trikonasana - Extended Triangle Pose, Utthita Parsvakonasana - Extended Side Angle Pose, Prasarita Padattonasana - Wide Legs Intense Stretch Pose, Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana - Upward Extended One Leg Pose, Utthita Hasta Padangustasana - Extended Hand to the Big Toe Pose, Malasana - Garland Pose, Pascimottanasana into Halasana, Supta Padangustasana I , Jathara Parivartanasana - Turning the Stomach Pose and Savasana.
This all levels Iyengar Yoga Class is a 75 minute restorative class recorded with Yoga Cville, the home to Iyengar Yoga in Charlottesville, Virginia by iHanuman Yoga Media. View and Download More Yoga Workshops and Classes at iHanuman.com. Restorative classes require more props than most yoga classes and this class recommends the use of the wall, 2 blocks, a chair, a strap, several blankets and a bolster or cushion. This relaxing class is dedicated to the beginning of the spring and is a sequence to supporting fertility from Iyengar Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health.  
This 75 minute Iyengar Yoga Class is an invigorating back bends class for all levels. Recorded with Yoga Cville, the home to Iyengar Yoga in Charlottesville, Virginia by iHanuman Yoga Media.
This 75 minute all levels Iyengar yoga class concentrates on seated forward bends. Recorded with Yoga Cville, the home to Iyengar Yoga in Charlottesville, Virginia by iHanuman Yoga Media. View and Download More Yoga Classes & Workshops at iHanuman.com. Props Recommended: Wall, Strap, Chair, Block and Blankets. Alternative props can be used.
This 75 minute All Levels Iyengar yoga class uses a chair as a way to support for the practice of Standing Poses. Recorded with Yoga Cville, the home to Iyengar Yoga in Charlottesville, Virginia by iHanuman Yoga Media. View and Download More Yoga Classes & Workshops at iHanuman.com.
This sequence is modified from BKS Iyengar's book, Iyengar Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health. This sequence was modified to be accessible to all levels and can be practiced in 75 minutes. The standing poses at the beginning of the sequence are practiced with the support of a wall behind you, if possible. Anxiety can be destabilizing and ungrounding, so the support of the wall provides stability. Use as much support as necessary for you for the other poses included in the sequence. If you have any questions about the sequence, please refer to Mr. Iyengar's book or feel free to contact us.
From B.K.S Iyengar's, Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health, this sequence is the perfect antidote to the heat and outdoor activity of summertime. The sequences in this particular book are long sequences and often take at least two hours. If you are newer to yoga or only have one hour to 75 - 90  minutes for yoga, practice the sequence until Bharadvajasana I or Adho Mukha Svanasana, Downward Facing Dog. If you are a more seasoned practitioner and have 2 hours, complete the entire sequence for a luxurious restorative yoga practice. Enjoy!
This sequence is one of the shorter sequencs in BKS Iyengar's Book Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health. This sequence in the section on digestion is specifically for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. We often have a difficult time getting to Headstand and Shoulderstand in our 75 minute online classes, so I wanted to share a sequence that gives the students a chance to start their practice in headstand. If headstand is not a regular part of your practice, you can start the class in head-supported Uttanasana, Prasarita Padattonasana and Adho Mukha Svanasana. 
Inspired by Teaching a Class on All Hallow's Eve, I came up with this sequence. The Halloween Names I created for the sequence are listed below.  Insect Pose - Adho Mukha Virasana Black Cat Pose - Chaturangasana Rabid Dog Pose - Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana Skeleton Pose - Tadasana Zombie Pose - Utthita Hasta Padangustasana I Crazy Zombie Pose - Utthita Parsva Hasta Padangustasana Dead Zombie Pose - Supta Padangustasana I Crazy Dead Zombie Pose - Supta Padangustasana II Dead Frankenstein Pose - Urdhva Prasarita Padasana  Dead Bug Pose - Pavanmuktasana Pumpkin Pose - Malasana II Crow Pose - Bakasana Corpse Pose - Savasana 
This class, hosted by Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics, is the second in a 6 part therapeutic series for teaching yoga to women going through menopause and those who are post menopausal. We started in a supported version of Viparita Dandasana and Supta Virasana to open the chest before forward bending. The recommendation is to keep women more supported during menopause and ask them to sharpen their practice once they are post menopausal. The end of the class started with supported Janu Sirsasana and ended with Viparita Karani. This short sequence of 4 poses is a sequence Bobby also recommends to prevent and to minimize hot flashes. 
A nourishing and illuminative look at backbends with Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher, Patricia Walden. This class was hosted by the Iyengar Yoga Association of the United States
A Pranayama class for the Mind and Breath. Students should be familiar with basic Ujjayi and Viloma Pranayamas. This class was hosted by the Iyengar Yoga Association of the United States
A lovely and accessible class using a chair to support you in challenging twisting poses with Advanced Iyengar Teacher, Rebecca Lerner. This event was hosted by The Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States.  
A strong morning practice including forward bends, twists and backbends with Advanced Iyengar Yoga Teacher, Lois Steinberg. This event was hosted by The Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States. 
A beautiful expansive and quieting morning practice led by Advanced Iyengar Yoga Teacher Chris Saudek. This event was hosted by The Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States.
On this final day of the online intensive with Abhijata, we began the practice with Pranayama - both seated and supine. Abhijata introduced Pranayama as a practice of sensitivity. Then we practiced several poses, each one with support as Abhijata encouraged us to recognize props as tools to help us realize yoga as a way of life. 
During the 6th day of this online intensive we focused on supported backbends. We were asked again to notice where the breath moved in our body and to also consider where our bodies were resisting anterior extension. The standing poses were practiced facing the wall with the head back to encourage anterior extension. After practicing a few supported backbends we moved into a longer practice of Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana over a chair for support. After initially practicing with just the chair for support, we added a bolster under the sacrum for a deeper extension and then finally practiced on a bench or bed or over higher support on a chair with the head on the floor for an even deeper backward extension.
On the fifth day of this online intensive, Abhijata showed us that we can effect the breath by different ways of working the body. With Urdhva Hastasana, we practiced several variations - classic, palms forward and Garudasana Arms and we noticed where the breath moved in the body depending on how we used our arms. We followed this pattern as we practiced the standing poses. She emphasized that where the breath moves the mind moves. When we practiced Uttanasana and Urdhva Hastasana in the middle of the class we were made aware that we could not move the body quickly and the breath slowly or vice versa.
On the fourth day of this online intensive, which was also mother's day, we practiced forward bends. Abhijata introduced us to the term, Iccha shakti, meaning willpower and she encouraged us to have the desire or will to practice. She said if you have this will or desire, this is what separates the ordinary person from an extraordinary person. The ordinary person, their will is extinguished easily. We practiced our forward bends with as much support as necessary and moved from the inner groins and lower back forward. We completed the practice with Salamba Sarvangasana I, Supported Shoulderstand, the mother of all asanas. And we concluded with a supine practice of Antara Kumbhaka pranayama. 
On the third day of this weeklong online intensive, Abhijata Iyengar encouraged us to soften and  in particular to soften our groins. For the first half of this class, we belted our pelvis and legs together; placing a belt on the pelvis, the shins, the thighs and the ankles and Abhijata welcomed the use of 6 belts on the legs, if available. We also placed a 4-fold cotton pune blanket in between our upper thighs to further emphasize the softening of the groins. During this class, Abhijata encouraged us to make our yoga practice comfortable because so much of our world right now is uncomfortable. We ended the session in Svastikasana supported with the back at the wall with the practice of Ujjayi III pranayama.
This was the second day of practice during Abhijata Iyengar's Online Intensive, The Power of Unity. Most of these poses were practiced using some form of support. Most of the standing forward bends included head support and most of the other standing poses used the wall for support. Abhijata encouraged us to be gentle with ourselves during this time, saying that "Everything is so uncomfortable right now. Your yoga practice should be comfortable". 
This was the first day of practice during Abhijata Iyengar's 7 day Online Yoga Intensive, The Power of Unity. 
From BKS Iyengar's Book, Yoga: The Path to Holisitc Health, There are minor viral infections of the mucous membranes that line the upper respiratory tract, including the nose and throat. The most common symptoms are nasal obstruction and discharge, sinusitis, sore throat, sneezing, coughting and headaches. 
From BKS Iyengar's, book Iyengar Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health, "The Immune System is the defense mechanism of the body and protects us from disease. Its main agent is the blood, a fluid consisting of plasma and red and white corpuscles of blood cells. It is the white corpuscles that inhibit the invasion of the bloodstream by microorganisms. There are two types of immunity: natural and acquired. Yoga strengthens both, and regular practice of the recommended asanas can help to counter the disorders that affect them." 
Try these poses for a scary halloween sequence. Instead of the traditional names, try these names instead: Skeleton Pose Full Moon Pose Zombie Pose Rabid Dog Pose Headless Headstand Pose Frankenstein Pose Swarming Locusts Pose Dead Bug Pose Corpse Pose

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