The Boston Iyengar School

Director: Patricia Walden

Under the directorship of the legendary Patricia Walden, the Boston Iyengar School prides itself on being home to the region's fullest certified faculty and a comprehensive curriculum of registration series, drop-in classes, workshops, philosophy discussions, therapeutics trainings, assessment preparations, and teacher trainings in the Iyengar method.  

Named after B.K.S Iyengar (1918–2014), the 'Michelangelo of yoga' and Time Magazine's 100 most influential people, the method emphasizes complete alignment of the body, mind and breath, using props to make yoga accessible to every age and every body.  


The Iyengar Faculty


The Iyengar Curriculum

Iyengar I: Perfect for beginners and those wanting to refresh their understanding of fundamental poses. Students will learn basic standing, seated, twisted, back bending and beginner inverted poses, including shoulder stand, at a modest pace, learning how to use the props as needed. 

Iyengar II: Students should be well-versed in Level 1 poses as these are refined. Intermediate poses are introduced including headstand, handstand, and next level backbends, twists and seated twists and forward extensions. Shoulder stand experience or permission of the teacher required.

Iyengar III, IV and V: These classes are for seasoned students comfortable with inversions. Students develop strength and refinement in all asanas including inversions, back-bends, and arm balances. A regular yoga practice is assumed.

Gentle Yoga: Students with minimal flexibility, injuries, or pregnancy learn to move with greater ease and support. Appropriate for all levels.

Iyengar Yoga for Back Care: This class focuses on teaching poses that address back issues by increasing strength and flexibility for the whole body. Students will learn how to safely practice yoga for their individual back condition. 

Restorative: A blend of supported physical poses, breath work, and guided meditation called yoga nidra create a sense of relaxation and repose. Appropriate for all levels.

Ropes: Working on the ropes is called Yoga Kurunta (‘yoga puppet’) and moving your body using the resistance and gravity-defying assistance of wall ropes lengthens and deepens your asana practice. Appropriate for all levels, but not brand new beginners to any yoga.

Advanced Ropes: Takes you deeper into the ropes practice and is appropriate for those who have taken at least 10 ropes classes or have permission from the teacher.


Iyengar Registration Series

The Iyengar lineage has a long established tradition of seasonal registration classes allowing Senior Faculty to teach the same group of committed students on a weekly basis and in a truly progressive and cumulative sequence of instruction. Students experience the depth that comes from learning under a particular teacher year round and the joys of a shared language, experience, and consistent class environment. Click here to learn more about registration series classes with Patricia Walden in Brookline and Marysia Gensler, Roz Malcom, Nadja Refaie, and Rosie Richardson in Newton


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