Teachers at the Centre

Introducing the teacher of the BKS Iyengar Yoga Centre

David Jacobs  is a non-traditional Iyengar yoga teacher. While the lineage of Iyengar yoga has a reputation of being strict and methodical,  David is drawn by a love of exploration. A Certified Iyengar yoga teacher with 30 years of study and work, David chooses to focus on the playful and experimental side of the practice.

 

In their classes, you might explore the benefits of jumping or using props in surprising ways. Their greatest joy as yoga teachers is the challenging or dismantling of someone’s negative or limiting beliefs about who they are and what they are capable of.

About David Jacobs

An Iyengar Yoga teacher, Senior Intermediate III, certification personally by B.K.S.Iyengar, with a diploma in physical education, David Jacobs has dedicated his life to studying the art and science of yoga. 

 

David has been practising yoga for 28 years and teaching for 25 years. He has travelled to the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India to study under BKS Iyengar and his daughter Geeta, first in 1994 and then several annual visits thereafter. These were the first yoga classes where he saw where the technique was able to embody the philosophy.

 

David is the founder of and runs the BKS Iyengar Yoga Centre, Schoemanshoek, Oudtshoorn, Klein Karoo, South Africa. This the only one of its kind on the African continent and we are proud to dedicate our Centre to our Teacher, BKS Iyengar.   The Centre carries his name with Mr Iyengar's blessings.

 

David no longer teaches public classes, in order to focus more deeply on his own practice. This allows him time to teach workshops around Southern Africa as well as in Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Holland, Austria, Norway, Namibia, Mozambique, Congo, Switzerland and now also in Italy, along with specialized 3-day and 5-day retreats at the Centre.David is also part of the BKS Iyengar Institute's teachers' training programme.

 

David has experience in teaching classes for those with injuries and medical conditions, beginner’s courses, general and experienced level classes. He teaches teachers and conducts workshops for teachers. He is passionately involved with the practice of yoga and its applications to daily life.  His understanding of and insights into Iyengar Yoga are conveyed with authenticity and precision.

 

David is also the co-author of the online practice guides

Abhijata, Guruji and Geetaji

About Jürgen Meusel
 

Jürgen was co-founder/owner  of the BKS Iyengar Yoga Centre, Oudtshoorn - and a corner stone to the success of the Yoga Centre over many years.  

Sadly in November 2020, Jürgen passed away and he will forever be remembered for his dedication and support to David and his yoga discipline.  David will continue to teach in Memoriam of Jürgen so that his legacy may live on.

 

Defining the Iyengar method
Iyengar Yoga is a complete approach to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual transformation, bringing physical health and vitality, mental clarity, wisdom, and emotional serenity.
Iyengar Yoga uses the physical reality of the body to know our minds and the deepest parts of ourselves as human beings.  The infinite perfectibility of the postures or asanas provides a pathway into the development of our intelligence and our ability to concentrate and sustain focus.  This intelligent practice develops our ability to grow and to separate what is worthwhile and productive from what to leave behind.
 
The method offers:  
  • A safe and systematic progression of yoga postures to develop each student’s ability and skill, both within each class and from class to class
  • Sequencing that develops strength, flexibility, stamina, concentration, and body alignment
  • Highly developed teaching methodology
    • Precise use of language
    • Demonstration and teaching of specific points to develop understanding and intelligent action
    • Individual correction and adjustment of students, when necessary
  • Integration of the yoga philosophy with the practice of asana
  • Relevance of practice and incorporation into daily life
  • Ways to use yoga to ease various ailments and stress
  • Use of props, such as blankets, blocks, and straps, to facilitate learning and adjust yoga postures to individual needs
  • Qualified and rigorously trained instructors committed to excellence in teaching
 
 
What is Iyengar Yoga?
Iyengar Yoga is based on the teachings of the yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar, author of the classic yoga treatise Light on Yoga, who began teaching in Pune, India, in 1936 at the age of 18. His work continue tos inspire students all over the world. His daughter, Geeta, and his son, Prashant, are also accomplished teachers and authors of yoga texts.
 
The Iyengar family’s teachings are deeply grounded in the yoga sutras of Patanjali, an ancient summation of the path of yoga considered to be at least 2,500 years old. B.K.S. Iyengar’s intense practice and almost seventy-five years of teaching have produced significant innovations in the teaching of the art and science of yoga. To learn more about B.K.S Iyengar visit www.bksiyengar.com
 
 
What to expect from this method of yoga
·  Qualified and rigorously trained instructors committed to excellence in teaching
·  A safe and systematic progression of yoga postures to develop each student’s ability and skill,    both within each class and from class to class
·  Sequencing that develops strength, flexibility, stamina, concentration, and body alignment
·  Individual correction and knowledge of how to adjust postures for common physical                      problems
  • Precise use of language
  • Demonstration and teaching of specific points to develop understanding and intelligent action
  • Individual correction and adjustment of students, when necessary
·  Integration of the yoga philosophy with the practice of asana
·  Incorporation and relevance of practice into daily life
·  Ways to use yoga to ease various ailments and stress
·  Use of props, such as blankets, blocks, and straps, to facilitate learning and adjust yoga                postures to individual needs
 
 
What are props and why do we use them?
B.K.S. Iyengar introduced props into the modern practice of yoga to allow all practitioners access to the benefits of the postures regardless of physical condition, age, or length of study.  Props help all practitioners (including the most advanced) gain sensitivity to the use of effort and receive the deep benefits of postures held over significant time periods.  Props are introduced from the beginning for students with specific physical limitations and gradually in regular classes to enhance personal understanding of a posture and its effects and to develop skill and confidence. 
Props include sticky mats, blankets, belts, blocks, benches, wall ropes, sandbags, chairs, and other objects that help students experience the various yoga poses more profoundly. Props may be used in class to encourage students, bolster confidence, and create optimal body alignment.
Allowing students to practice asanas (yoga postures) and pranayamas (breathing patterns) with greater effectiveness, ease, and stability, props provide support for the body and allow the mind to relax and more profoundly receive the benefits of the yoga.
 
 
How does Iyengar Yoga differ from other styles of yoga?
The Iyengar method develops strength, endurance, and optimal body alignment, in addition to flexibility and relaxation.  The Iyengar method develops self-awareness, intelligent evaluation, and profound inward reflection. 
Standing poses are emphasized at the beginning to build strength and ease of movement, increase general vitality, and improve circulation, coordination, and balance.
Postures for deep relaxation are introduced from the beginning. Gradually, sitting and reclining postures, forward bends, inversions, backbends, twists, arm balance, and flowing sequences are introduced.
 
Iyengar Yoga emphasizes precision of alignment in the yoga poses. Why is this important?
People tend to stretch from their more flexible areas and rely on their better-developed muscles for strength, thus reinforcing postural habits. Iyengar Yoga encourages weak parts to strengthen and stiff areas to release, thus awakening and realigning the whole body. As the body moves into better alignment, less muscular work is required and relaxation increases naturally.

 

 

 

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