Foyle Institute of Iyengar Yoga

The Institute is here to be a one-stop-shop for all Iyengar yoga activity in Northern Ireland and nearby. All registered Iyengar yoga teachers who are members of Iyengar Yoga (UK) Ltd as their professional body are encouraged to join via FIIY.

BKS Iyengar

Our guru is BKS Iyengar, to whom we owe so much.

It is worth remembering though that Iyengar himself said "how can I give my name to a universal art? It is wrong to differentiate traditional yoga from Iyengar yoga...there is no distinction between one yoga and another: they all have the same root and the same purpose". Neverthless, we record his ability to bring out the hidden depths of yoga through a deep understanding of all eight limbs of the practice by calling it Iyengar yoga today.

Classes generally start with simple poses and move towards more advanced poses, ending with a period of relaxation and breathing techniques. The classes can be hard work, as the poses involve intense stretching; however, you leave the class feeling lighter and calmer. Props, such as blocks and belts, are sometimes used in class to allow those with less strength or flexibility to work correctly and achieve their full potential.

The trade mark above is used to protect and maintain the quality and reputation of the practice of Iyengar yoga. It can be exhibited only by teachers who comply with Iyengar standards and who undertake ongoing professional training. Remember that ALL Iyengar teachers will have had at least FIVE years experience by the time they are a teacher: 3 years practice and 2 years teacher training as a minimum. You can read more on the Iyengar Yoga (UK) site.