Clear Yoga offers Iyengar Yoga.  We have instructors certified in the Iyengar Method. 

What is Iyengar Yoga?

The yoga of physical exercise comes under the heading of “hatha” yoga. Yoga masters have developed many styles of hatha yoga.   Iyengar yoga students named Iyengar yoga after Shri B.K.S. Iyengar of Pune, India.

“Alignment” yoga.

What that means is that you begin to understand how the pose works for your hip, or your back, or your shoulder, or neck etc. The way the poses are taught helps you pay attention to what’s going on in your body so you have tools to fix, help, or get stronger on your own.

Anyone can do this…

Iyengar Yoga is accessible to everyone regardless of age, ability, or physical limitations.  It’s not about anyone else in the room.  It’s about you.

We practice different poses every class, every week.  Over the period of a month your entire body will have been “worked out” and you will have  “worked in” to your mind, the various things you learned about yourself.

There are hundreds of ways to approach every pose depending on what you need to work on.  Because of that, Iyengar Yoga has many therapeutic applications.  Back issues, hip and knee issues, shoulder and neck, and also stress, depression, anxiety can be helped, and in some cases cured through regular practice.  BKS Iyengar said “Yoga will cure what can be cured and help us endure what cannot”.

About the classes

Precise alignment is a hallmark of Iyengar yoga. Standing poses, basic twists and beginning inversions are introduced first. Beginners learn the geometry of the poses.  Regular practice increases strength, stamina, tones muscles and brings relief to aching and injured joints.  Stress, anxiety and depression are alleviated.

As one continues and the basic poses are learned, then seated extensions, back bending and inverted postures are introduced. The practice matures and awareness of the organic process develops. Actions (internal movements) are learned to refine alignment of the poses and practice becomes more penetrating, more inward, and more meditative. At this point the spiritual dimension of hatha yoga is amplified.

The New York Times points out that because Iyengar yoga “focuses meticulously on proper alignment” and its teachers undergo “rigorous training,” it allows instructors to cater to students’ individual needs and to minimize the risk of injury. Certified Iyengar teachers undergo a minimum of three years of intensive training and testing which they begin after at least six years of study with a senior teacher (whose training period normally runs fifteen to twenty years). WebMD states, “Analytical in its approach with a constant attention to detail, Iyengar yoga is great for learning the subtleties of correct alignment in each pose. The use of props — belts, blocks, and pillow-like bolsters — help beginners get into poses with correct alignment, even when they’re new to the poses, injured, or simply stiff.”

Jessica Becker is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher at the Senior Intermediate 1 level.   She is a member of IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists).  She  has taught Iyengar Yoga for 23 years in the Hudson Valley.    Jessica works with methodical detail, building awareness and understanding.    BKS Iyengar said that a yoga practice should be experimental, and every day is a new experiment.  Her classes are playful, challenging, and seek to move us beyond our perceived limits.  She is well practiced in Iyengar Yoga therapy as an effective tool to help injuries and other conditions.  She completed her teacher training in New York with James Murphy and Mary Dunn.  She has traveled to India several times to study with the Iyengars and maintains her studies with senior teachers from around the world.
Sheila Bunnell started studying yoga in 1998 and soon began training with Joan White, one of Iyengar Yoga’s senior teachers. She became certified as an Iyengar Yoga Instructor in 2007.  Sheila has continued to pursue her education, studying with  senior Iyengar instructors at classes, workshops and training events. She has also attended several classes with BKS Iyengar as well as Prashant and Geeta Iyengar in the US and/or in India where she studied for a month in 2010. She also attended several lectures with Edwin Bryant on the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and studied Anatomy/Physiology and Kinesiology at the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy. Sheila is currently enrolled in the next level of the Iyengar teacher training program with Joan White.
Susan Tveekrem is a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher.  She was introduced to yoga for relief from chronic lower back pain and has studied exclusively in the Iyengar method for 20 years. She has studied under Jessica Becker since 2013 and regularly attends workshops with many advanced Iyengar teachers. Susan has taught at Clear Yoga since 2011. She holds a teaching certificate from the Yoga Institute of Houston.
Tricia Scott is a student of yoga, meditation, and healing arts since 1988, and a teacher since 1997, exclusively in the Iyengar method since 2005. She is Iyengar Certified at the Introductory II level. Tricia has traveled to Pune, India for extended study with the Iyengar family, and regularly studies with Theresa Rowland & other gifted teachers. Through a cultivated, sustained practice, Tricia has experienced the profound healing & transformative power of yoga, which continues to inform her teaching & dedication to sharing this method for others’ experience, exploration and Self discovery. Tricia also works as a Thai Bodywork Therapist and as a Chef, and enjoys living with her partner on their homestead, growing food & medicine.