WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO DO DURING AN IYENGAR YOGA CLASS?
In general the class will start with a few moments of quiet to prepare for the yoga. This is followed by some preliminary postures to mobilise the body, open and activate the body and to quieten the brain to encourage a focused, concentrated state of mind. Standing postures are then often practiced in which one learns the fundamentals of how to adjust and align the body correctly. This has to be learnt before more advanced postures can be successfully mastered. Standing poses therefore form the foundation of even the most advanced postures and have to be studied continuously.
The practice could then focus on special postures including back bends, more standing postures, forward bends, inverted postures or recuperative postures which prepare the student for the practice of pranayama or breath control.
The high standard of training of teachers ensures a good record of safety for the students. Students will often say they walk away from an Iyengar yoga class feeling straighter and full of energy, despite having worked quite hard.
DO I HAVE TO BE YOUNG AND FIT?
Iyengar yoga is for anyone irrespective of age, gender, health, religion and circumstances in life. Iyengar yoga is not competitive. You will not be judged against other people.
A distinctive feature of Iyengar yoga is the use of equipment, called props, to enable a student to develop strength, flexibility and control in a posture in order to achieve their full potential. In this way a student works to his or her maximum ability within a general mixed class. The teacher is trained to select the correct prop and to supervise the individual student.
WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF
IYENGAR YOGA PRACTICE?
With regular guided practice, effects can include a general feeling of physical health and psychological and mental well-being.
The focus of Iyengar yoga on postural alignment can alleviate postural/structural problems. It can also release emotional tensions. The yoga is demanding in effort and in attention to detail within the posture, which increases concentration and focus helping to relieve the mind and body of stress. It can help to develop a deeper knowledge of your Self, which can contribute to greater self-confidence.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?
All students need to bring a mat, and a blanket. Some equipment is provided, however most students prefer to buy their own as their practice becomes established. You will be guided on what you need during your classes.