The home of Iyengar yoga is in Pune, in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Experienced students travel there from all over the world, to learn first-hand from the family of B.K.S. Iyengar.
Founded in 1975, the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute is dedicated to Mr Iyengar’s late wife, and most instruction nowadays is by their children, Geeta and Prashant.
The RIMYI has a library with thousands of books on yoga practice and philosophy, human anatomy and physiology, traditional Indian medicine and modern science. All yoga classes are in English, and they teach both “the essence of yoga” and “values of life”.
To attend, you need to have been practising Iyengar yoga for at least eight years, including inverted yoga poses. Your regular yoga teacher will have to certify your application. The Iyengar Yoga Association handles all applications from the UK. It is not possible to apply directly to Pune, nor can the Iyengar Yoga Maida Vale in London process applications.
Click here for further information on how to apply.
The above link includes a helpful Guide to Pune which covers applying for yoga classes, preparing for your visit and practical information for when you’re there, including tips on accommodation and places to eat.