Iyengar yoga class

The Iyengar Yoga Center of Marseille, as an non-profit organization , Association DIPIKA , was established in 1996 by Stéphane Lalo, with the permission and encouragements of B.K.S. Iyengar and is approved by the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in PUNE to represent and spread his teachings. It is also a center trainer of teachers.

The classes last from 1:30 to 2 hours depending on the level.  This schoolof Yoga, according to the method of B.K.S. Iyengar is a rigorous yoga, based on postural alignment and sense of direction and sequencing  of the asanas. We  sometimes  do use props, thereby allowing  some students with difficulties to approach and to have a better understanding of  the asanas as also  to be able to offer applications and therapeuthic adaptations allowing everyone to practice according to their possibilities and  physical capacities.
Classes are divided by levels , beginners , intermediate and advanced . Specific courses for special cases , pregnancy , seniors are also taught separately.



Beginner level 1

Introductory class , Level 1 (class possible trial): please come with an empty stomach, 10 minutes before the class, without waiting for confirmation. We can not always call you back or respond quickly by email before sometimes several days. The class will be set normally or will be deducted from your subscription.

NOTES: There ‘s no current free course in our school : in order to keep a small group, motivated and consistent, and to not hinder the progress and quality of education. We consider that a participation is a normal and necessary expense.

It is always possible at any time in the year, to start  the yoga classes, with us  although it is always best to start in September. There is always room available and there is no need to wait for confirmation of your reservation to come to a Level 1 class  Since there are class available every day, the number of participants may vary a class to another, or from one week to the other, we cannot predict.

If you have never practiced  the Iyengar method with a certified teacher for at least one full year in our school or  within a certified school Iyengar, you cannot under any circumstances participate in other classes than those beginner Level I, even if you  have practiced or practice also another method of yoga. We will assess your level after the first class, and your ability to reach another level if doubt.

Level 2

One year of regular classes, being able to do Sarvangasana easily.

Intermediate Level

From two to three years of regular courses. You are able to do Shirshasana in space.

Advanced Level

From three years of classes, teachers and regular personal practice.


  • Stéphane Lalo
    Stéphane Lalo Founder and Certified Advanced J-II

    Stephane began to practice yoga in 1973, he spent several years in various Vipassana meditation centres and Yoga ashrams before dedicating himself to the Iyengar method in 1985.
    After studying osteopathy , he started teaching yoga in Marseille in 1989 and he founded the Iyengar Yoga Centre of Marseille , in 1996. He has been certified “Advanced J. II” teacher by B.K.S. Iyengar and Geeta Iyengar at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune , India, where he has been going to study for several months each year since 1989.
    He also trains teachers since 2007 and is regularly invited to teach workshops in France and abroad.
    He teaches in both French and English.

  • Karen Long
    Karen Long Certified Junior 3

    Karen originally trained in Art and design. She first tried yoga in 1986. It had a huge impact on her and helped her cope with the stresses of her busy fashion industry job.
    After trying various styles of yoga over the next few years she eventually discovered Iyengar Yoga in 1990 and immediately felt ‘ at home’. It was then that she made the decision that she wanted to teach herself, although it was several years later that she began training, qualifying in 2003.
    She continues to train and attained her JI3 certificate in 2014.
    She has taught at various centres in London including the Iyengar Institute there and has been teaching in Marseille since 2015.
    Having had major surgery in 2011, Karen is particularly interested in the therapeutic aspects of Iyengar yoga.
    She also still loves art and works on film projects from time to time.

  • Jean-Claude Valiente
    Jean-Claude Valiente Introductory II (end of training 2017)

    Jean-Claude Valiente,  a physics teacher, has been practicing yoga since 2008 and did complete his teacher  training with Stéphane Lalo.He has been certified Introductory II in November 2017 .
    “Since an early age I practiced sports, but tired of the competitive nature of these activities. I discovered yoga at the Iyengar Yoga Centre of Marseille in 2008 and was struck by the rigour, precision, energy, subtlety and quietness of the Iyengar Yoga practice. I kept coming back.
    Daily I experience the benefits of this practice and I would like to share this ancient art.”

  • Chiara Scalas
    Chiara Scalas Introductory II (end of training 2017)

    Chiara is Italian and she met Iyengar Yoga during her first trip to India in 2012, after a first teacher training -Sivananda yoga- ( in Bresil, 2011) and severals years of hatha yoga practice.

    She straight away loved the approach: exigent, strict, but at the same time how many benefits gained from the practice! And since then, she kept on practicing according to this method

    She always had the curiosity to inquiry about the body, the movement, passing by the physical theater when I was younger, through contemporary dance, contact improvisation and Tango argentine.
    Very soon this research got focused in the yoga practice, while still keeping that curiosity for all the arts dedicated to the body and connected with the mind.
    After traveling in South America, Europe and Asia, she is now based in Marseille, where this year will conclude the teacher training in Iyengar yoga with Stephane Lalo

  • Anne Baudier
    Anne Baudier Introductory II (end of training 2017)

    Anne discovered yoga in her practice of midwifery in 1999, with Bernadette De Gasquet.

    After the first Iyengar class she took, she knew it was the right practice she was looking for, since many years. She immediately loved the precision and the rigor of the asana and the feeling of well being. Each class is a new adventure, a new trip in the body and, asana after asana the mind change.

    Since 2005, she followed many workshops, in France, Israel and India. She passed few years in expatriation and decided then to start a teacher training with Gabi Doron. She is now living in Marseille and finishing her teacher training with Stéphane Lalo. She will present herself to the Introductory Assessment in November 2017.

Yoga Props

Using yoga props

The use of props is a B.K.S.IYENGAR specific contribution to Yoga : the practice room is fully equipped with the same props that the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute

For his own use, and especially from the time when many Western flocked to his institute in Pune, BKSIYENGAR has developed a sophisticated system of props : straps, blocks , bolsters, benches, chairs, blankets, ropes, to facilitate the work of the stiff body just tired, or for specific therapeutic applications.
All these tools have targeted usages according to the difficulties of the individual and productive. These are not gadgets or “recipes” for postures.

The learning in the use of props is a significant part of the training of Iyengar teachers, to be able to integrate into their classes people of all ages and physical conditions without any risk. In addition, they help to awaken sensations in parts of the body and guide to understanding the direction and essence of a posture.

A recuperation is made today of these materials in other schools of yoga, by people who teach without taking the course, without really having learned to use it properly, and while not recognizing their origin this is damaging and sometimes dangerous. Much personal practice and a keen understanding of the adjustments is necessary for their application.



Toners, these asanas bring attention to our way of keeping us on our legs and utilise our shoulders and arms , to straighten our spine , correct static defects, creates the sensation of internal alignment and allow to harmoniously adjust the weight distribution of the body. Insight and sense of observation well developed , provide strength and stability in the body, but also a more acute awareness, and greater confidence. ” Desa bandhah cittasya dharana ” Yoga Sutras of Patanjali , III, 1 ” set consciousness on one point or part means concentration” ; focus on a particular area requires the training and discipline ; to maintain balance in these postures , attention must be deep , vivid and fully conscious.


” Sthira sukham asanam “: ” the asana , the seat is perfect firmness of body , stability of intelligence and benevolence of spirit ” Yoga Sutras , II , 46 ” ; , These asanas relieve problems with hips, knees and ankles, caused by the sitting position on chairs , and allow them to gain flexibility and mobility in various positions , but also give an idea of the trunk subsidence and straighten the spine . they bring mental peace and prepare to practice pranayama and meditation


They relieve the prolonged standing and walking . As it n there is no weight on the legs, one can thus observe the better to adjust them properly ; they also rest the brain and heart , regenerate the whole organism ; they are very beneficial during menstruation ; soothing and refreshing , they relieve those suffering from high blood pressure , nervousness , insomnia , migraine or fatigue.


The twists are very effective in relieving back problems, neck and shoulders, muscle stiffness and cramps and allow to relax , to stretch and strengthen muscle fibers of the spinal column . They also stimulate the functioning of the digestive organs.


These postures act on the nervous, respiratory, circulatory and glandular ; they will improve , develop patience , memory and intellectual abilities and provide emotional stability. They also relieve colds, nervous problems , apathy , fatigue , anemia , digestive problems etc .. The learning these postures s’ accomplishes very gradual and progressive manner, and very carefully supervised required of a teacher . They should be practiced daily, once mastered.


Taught only after the upright and inverted postures to first tone the abdominal muscles , and to not force the belly organs , they can if well executed , firm size, and enhance the back .They will strengthen and stimulate the digestive fire


While gaining the flexibility of the spine, these postures are so well executed only .They also strengthen the spinal muscles stimulate and revitalize , libérent fears and bring courage and a positive mental attitude ; they are also positions that lead to internalization .


These postures develop lightness and physical address, but also mental acuity and tenacity ; enhance the coordination and concentration skills.


These postures relieve fatigue members , create an extension of the bust , free organic compressions without the verterbrale column collapses


Passive elongated posture rest the brain, spine , lung , heart and spine ; the supports are used to accentuate the sensations precisely on certain areas and to maintain these longer poses so to get the restorative effects .These recovery postures are essential for peace of body and mind : the body clock its tensions , mind refocuses , becoming attentive , meditative and can access the self awareness. They prepare for the practice of Pranayama


” Tatah ksyate Prakasa avaranam ” ;

” Pranayama dissolves darkness veiling knowledge and reveals the dawn of wisdom. ” Yoga Sutras

When we learn to rest, relax and calm down consciously , breathing that s’ installs , and his movement that one perceives , is the first preparation of Pranayama . The interaction between body and mind infused adequate respiratory process and opens the channels to the free flow of internal energy. Prana flows and spreads in the entire body, even in the smallest corners to vitalize completely.