Why Iyengar Yoga?

Why Iyengar Yoga?

Why Iyengar Yoga?

IYCWM is devoted to the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar, and his children, Geeta and Prashant Iyengar of Pune, India.  Mr. Iyengar believed that yoga is for everyone, regardless of strength, flexibility, age, or other perceived weaknesses. We are honored to be given the privilege of being one of three Iyengar Centers in New England. To be granted this credential, the director/owner of the center must pass a certain level of assessment standards and have supporting recommendations as well as regular travel to India.

As of August 14, 2007, the name “IYENGAR” associated with “YOGA” was registered as a trademark and is protected in the United States to ensure that yoga associated with the Iyengar name reflects the work of B.K.S. Iyengar.

The trademark is maintained by IYNAUS to protect the teachings of Mr. Iyengar and the professional integrity of CIYTs. It represents years of study, practice and strict dedication to the Iyengar method.

IYCWM is also committed to looking at and acknowledging the ways race, class, sexuality, gender identity and body positivity shape us as yoga practitioners and human beings, both individually and in our community. We continue to educate ourselves about and acknowledge structures of oppression and how they operate in Iyengar Yoga and communities in general.


Our Teachers and Staff

Susan Elena Esquivel


Lois Joy


Sarah LeBoeuf


All yoga teachers at the Iyengar Center of Western Massachusetts are Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYTs) or in the process of becoming certified. Becoming a CIYT requires years of practice, study and a rigorous examination of skills. For teachers, the Certification Mark demonstrates a commitment to maintaining the purity, excellence and high standards of Iyengar Yoga.

Visiting Teachers in 2024

Carlos Perez


Elise Browning Miller


Peentz Dubble


Uday Bhosale



NEW! Specific Needs Yoga Pods

A yoga pod is a small group with a similar issue to address. We will cover issues such as: neck/shoulders, hips/knees, digestion, low back, SI joint, diabetes,

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