“In a gentle way you can change the world” - Mahatma Gandhi
Delphine started practicing yoga in her twenties, and tried various styles of yoga before making Iyengar Yoga her preferred choice. In 2011, she completed a 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training under the guidance of Hart Lazer, student of Sri Ramanan Patel. She pursued her studies at the Iyengar yoga school of Thailand, in Bangkok, with Justin Herold and was certified Iyengar Yoga Introductory Level I&II Teacher in 2015. Since then Delphine studies every year with the family and followers of Yogacharya BKS Iyengar at their home in the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India, to further develop her life journey through yoga. She received the Junior Intermediate 1 certification at the RIMYI in Pune in 2019.
Delphine also has a family she deeply cares for and leads the NGO EYC - Empowering Youth in Cambodia (www.eycambodia.org), providing education programs for unprivileged children and youth living in slums areas.
She is grateful to her family, teachers, colleagues, and friends for enabling her to to do what she loves the most.
“Yoga is a mirror to look at ourselves from within” - BKS Iyengar
About Iyengar yoga
Iyengar Yoga is a form of Hatha Yoga in which there is a focus on the structural alignment of the physical body through the development of asanas. What is unique about Iyengar Yoga is that the practice of asana and pranayama emphasize precision and alignment, planned sequencing, timing and the use of props.
This approach has allowed people of varying ages, levels of health and fitness to enjoy the benefits which a sustained practice can bring – the ability to face the physical, mental and emotional challenges of contemporary life with strength, vitality, mobility, thoughtfulness and equanimity.
The discipline is considered to be a powerful tool to relieve the stresses of modern-day life, in turn helping to promote total physical and spiritual well-being.
Where does Iyengar Yoga come from?
The Iyengar approach to yoga is firmly based on the traditional eight limbs of yoga expounded by Patanjali in his classic treatise, The Yoga Sutras, written over 2,500 years go. It is a disciplined and deeply research system developed over 75 years by Yogacharya BKS Iyengar -Guruji-14 Dec.1918 - 20 Aug.2014) who practiced daily during his 94 years – exploring, studying, writing and teaching about yoga.
“Yoga means union. The union of the individual soul with the Universal Spirit is yoga. But this is too abstract a notion to be easily understood, so for our level of understanding I say that yoga is the union of body with the mind and of mind with the soul”. – BKS Iyengar, Tree of Yoga.
The term “Iyengar Yoga” was coined by students of Mr. Iyengar to distinguish Guruji’s approach from other styles of yoga. He, however, described his yoga as “Patanjali Yoga” and said:
“I have no right to brand my practices or teachings as Iyengar Yoga. My pupils, who follow me, call it Iyengar Yoga. The only thing I am doing is to bring out the in-depth, the hidden qualities of Yoga to the awareness of you all. What I do is pure, authentic traditional Yoga. It is wrong to differentiate traditional yoga Iyengar Yoga, as it is also not fair to brand Yoga, as Raja-yoga, Hatha-yoga, Laya-yoga, Kundalini-yoga, Taraka-yoga and so forth. There is no distinction between one Yoga and another. Yoga, like God is one.”