We hope this information will help get you started on the path of yoga.
Iyengar Yoga South Bay, formerly Yoga Fitness has been an established yoga studio in Silicon Valley since 1984. For 30 years we have been offering the public classes in Iyengar yoga.
Iyengar Yoga is based on the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar, living yoga master and the author of the classic yoga treatise, "Light on Yoga". His dedicated personal practice and over 65 years of teaching have produced significant innovations in the teaching of yoga. These innovations have now become established and known as "Iyengar Yoga".
At our studio, these innovations mean that you will be introduced to a safe and systematic progression of asanas (yoga postures) that will develop your ability from class to class. You will be introduced to standing poses first to develop strength, concentration, and body alignment and than proceed to more complex poses. In addition, our studio is fully equipped with mats, blankets, blocks, and various other props to help increase awareness and provide adjustment to meet individual needs. The use of props and attention to the individual's needs is another important innovation of Iyengar yoga.
Our teachers are passionate about the subject, trained and certified (or on the path to full certification) to teach Iyengar yoga. It has been B.K.S Iyengar's wish that all teachers using his name pass a certification process. It is our wish to honor his teachings by doing so and offering you the fruits of our practice. We look forward to sharing this ancient art and practice of yoga with you.
Our Certified Iyengar Yoga instructors will guide the class through their demonstrations, their verbal instructions, the use of props, and physical adjustments. We encourage students to ask questions and to speak directly with the teacher when clarity is needed or if there are concerns.
Adjustments and physical touch are a part of the Iyengar Yoga method. While adjustments can be extremely beneficial, they are only helpful if the student wants them and is comfortable with the teacher. The yoga practice will be different each day and the student may, at any time, decide they prefer not to be touched.
Beginning in 2020, new ethical guidelines for all certified Iyengar yoga teachers in the US require affirmative, informed consent before teachers adjust anyone in the class. This means that each student has the right to choose whether or not they wish to be adjusted in every class and with every pose. The teacher will be asking for permission before an adjustment is made. Unless the student consents or is in danger, the teacher will not touch them. After an understanding has been developed between the teacher and the student over a period of time, consent may not be required prior to each adjustment. However, consent may be withdrawn at any time.
The Iyengar Yoga community of teachers has a zero tolerance policy towards abuse of any kind, be it verbal or through touch. It is our priority to respect the safety, dignity, and autonomy of our students. All certified Iyengar Yoga teachers commit to following ethical standards outlined by the Iyengar National Association of the US. You can review the ethical standards here.
We strive to disseminate the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar in a wholesome, inspired, and safe place for our students to explore and grow.
More quotations from B.K.S. Iyengar:
"The material body has a practical reality that is accessible. It is here and now, and we can do something with it. However, we must not forget that the innermost part of our being is also trying to help us. It wants to come out to the surface and express itself."
"Penetration of our mind is our goal, but in the beginning to set things in motion, there is no substitute for sweat."
"It is through the alignment of the body that I discovered the alignment of my mind, self, and intelligence."
"You do not need to seek freedom in a different land, for it exists with your own body, heart, mind, and soul."
"When I stretch, I stretch in such a way that my awareness moves, and a gate of awareness finally opens: My body is a laboratory, you can say. I don't stretch my body as if it is an object. I do yoga from the self towards the body, not the other way around."