BASIC STUDIES

International systematic basic studies (ISBS) comprises an intensive yoga training, conducted by senior and advanced Iyengar Yoga teachers.

“.. and let that light come to us from the Lord and let our brain and intelligence be illuminated, as we keep on working.” (Taittiriya Upanishad)

Systematic Studies

structured development

ISBS includes practicing and teaching subjects such as asana, pranayama, mindfulness/meditation, philosophy, anatomy, physiology, fascia, basic therapeutic aspects, MBYC (mindfulness based yoga coaching), health pedagogics/health education, mindfulness-based teaching.

ISBS is a systematic training and further education over a period of two years. Yoga practitioners as well as yoga teachers who want to deepen their theoretical understanding and practice, are welcome.

The basis is a two-year basic course of study (Basic Studies 1 and 2), which is devoted to the study and practice of yoga in the tradition of B.K.S. Iyengar and Geeta S. Iyengar in its entirety. These two years will build up a deepened practice and knowledge to enroll for the second part “Art of Teaching”.

 

The practical part includes the study with a mentor in the domicile country if possible at least one weekly Iyengar Yoga class of 90 minutes.

Admission to “Art of Teaching” requires the recommendation of two LOY lecturers in the subjects Asana and Pranayama as well as the successful completion of internal examinations in the subjects Anatomy, Physiology and Philosophy.

 

“Art of Teaching” complete with the LightOnYoga Certificate. After these three years of systematic studies the student is also well prepared to be assessed by the I.Y. association in the respective country (if you cannot be assessed in your country please inform us).

How to join

If you have practiced yoga regularly for at least three years, you are welcome to join ISBS.

 

  • You sign a contract with LOY on an annual base. This includes the participation in all Advanced Fridays, Philosophy, ISBS weekends (Saturdays & Sundays) as well as one Intensive Week (face-to-face) per year. Further advantages for students having signed a LOY contract:
    – Access to a knowledge and study online platform
    – 30% discount on IOSS workshops

Costs Basic Studies 1: 1.680 EUR, payable annually
Costs Basic Studies 2: 1.680 EUR, payable annually

 

  • You can join the modules of the systematic basic studies according to your own interests. When registering for a seperate module, the respective fee is invoiced. If you like to use Advanced Fridays and ISBS Workshops in particular to further develop your own practice and skills than this is your choice. After having successfully participated in Basic Studie 1 and 2 you can apply for the second part “Art of Teaching”

Costs Basic Studies 1 and 2 per module: 129 EUR (Intensive Week separate)

training structure

BASIC STUDIES 1:
Start in April 2021, a total of 200 hours (266 units)
Main focus on about 60 asanas, pranayamas, philosophy, anatomy and physiology.
— 24 UE Philosophy: Historical overview, Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavadgita, Tantrism, Sanskrit basic terms
— 24 UE Anatomy and Physiology:
a) General Anatomy: Cells, tissues, joints
b) Specific anatomy of the musculoskeletal system – muscles and joints of the spine and abdomen
c) Muscles of the shoulder girdle and shoulder joint
d) Muscles of the upper arm and the muscle groups of the forearm
— 12 UE Practicing awareness and mindfulness, meditation

 

BASIC STUDIES 2:
Start in April 2022, a total of 200 hours (266 units)
Repetition of the asanas studied in Basic Studies 1. Ongoing Studies of the asanas and pranayamas focused in Basic Studies 1, extended and deepened by relevant asanas and pranayamas from advanced levels.
— 24 UE Philosophy: Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Biography of B.K.S. Iyengar and the philosophical approach of Iyengar Yoga, Sanskrit basic terms
— 24 UE Anatomy and Physiology
a) Specific anatomy of the musculoskeletal system: joints of the lower limbs: pelvis, hip, knee, ankle
b) Anatomy and function of the muscles of the hip joint, thigh
c) Anatomy and function of the muscles of the lower leg
d) Abdominal organs and digestive system
e) Organs of the thorax (heart and lungs), circulation and respiration
— 12 UE Practicing awareness and mindfulness, meditation

ART OF TEACHING:
Start in April 2023, a total of 200 hours (266 units)

MODULES

EARTH ELEMENT — Aspect of grounding, Standing postures a.o.


April 9 to 11, 2021

EARTH ELEMENT — Aspect of grounding, Standing postures a.o.


May 7 to 9, 2021

WATER ELEMENT — Aspect of flow, Breath, Blood a.o.


June 11 to 13, 2021

WATER ELEMENT — Aspect of flow, Breath, Blood a.o.


July 9 to 11, 2021

FIRE ELEMENT — Aspect of twisting, Backbending a.o.


August 13 to 15, 2021

FIRE ELEMENT — Aspect of twisting, Backbending a.o.


September 17 to 19, 2021

FIRE ELEMENT — Aspect of twisting, Backbending a.o.


October 8 to 10, 2021

AIR ELEMENT — Aspect of lightness, Surya Namaskar mobilizing a.o.


November 5 to 7, 2021

AIR ELEMENT — Aspect of lightness, Surya Namaskar mobilizing a.o.


Dezember 17 to 19, 2021

ETHER ELEMENT — Aspect of space and the awareness of space a.o.


January 2022

ETHER ELEMENT — Aspect of space and the awareness of space a.o.


February 2022

INTENSIVE WEEK — Face-to-Face studies and practicing


March 2022

Earth element

April 9 to 11, 2021

Aspect of grounding, Standing postures a.o., Samkhya Philosophy

Earth element

May 7 to 9, 2021

Aspect of grounding, Standing postures a.o., Samkhya Philosophy

Water element

June 11 to 13, 2021

Aspect of flow, Breath, Blood, Lymph, Muscles, Samkhya Philosophy

Water element

July 9 to 11, 2021

Aspect of flow, Breath, Blood, Lymph, Muscles, Samkhya Philosophy

Fire element

August 13 to 15, 2021

Aspect of twisting, Backbending, Mobilizing, Cooling actions, Samkhya Philosophy

Fire element

September 17 to 19, 2021

Aspect of twisting, Backbending, Mobilizing, Cooling actions, Samkhya Philosophy

Fire element

October 8 to 10, 2021

Aspect of twisting, Backbending, Mobilizing, Cooling actions, Samkhya Philosophy

Air element

November 5 to 7, 2021

Aspect of lightness, Surya Namaskar mobilizing, Grounding, Balancing actions

Air element

Dezember 17 to 19, 2021 

Aspect of lightness, Surya Namaskar mobilizing, Grounding, Balancing actions

Ether element

January 2022

Aspect of space and the awareness of space, Samkhya Philosophy

Ether element

February 2022

Aspect of space and the awareness of space, Samkhya Philosophy

Intensive Week

March 2022 

Face-to-Face studies and practicing