What to expect in an Iyengar yoga class
An Iyengar yoga class should leave you feeling physically challenged, mentally stimulated and spiritually calm. Iyengar Yoga is a style of yoga developed by and named after B.K.S Iyengar who is the author of many books – one of which, ‘Light on Yoga,’ is considered the ‘bible’ of the yoga world. His teachings were based on a lifetime of practice and exploration of understanding yoga within his own body, but also from helping students who were abled, disabled or suffering from medical conditions.
Iyengar Yoga is a systematic style of yoga, which places emphasis on precision and alignment so that the body works with balance and equanimity.The asanas practiced will vary from class to class, week by week depending on the level of the students. They will include standing, seated, forward and backbends, twists, inversions and restorative postures. Different asanas have different effects on the body, mind and spirit and in Iyengar yoga you will experience each, forming an holistic practice.
Many of the asanas will be demonstrated by the teacher giving you the chance to see what you are aiming for and you will then be guided through with instruction. The teacher will encourage you to adjust your pose either verbally or with hands on help and may even suggest using a prop. Working with props is unique in that it allows the body both action and relaxation simultaneously and you will find it very encouraging to work with belts, blocks, bricks, chairs, blankets as they serve as silent instructors and assistants in your pose. Standing poses are strongly emphasised in class as they build strength, stamina and flexibility in body, mind and spirit and they form the foundation of all the other poses.
Very important too is the base of the pose as everything begins with a stable foundation so you will be guided well in the positioning of the feet, legs, arms and head! More advanced asanas are introduced gradually as you develop your practice. Progression in Iyengar can lead to an advanced practice if that is desired, although it is important to note that an advanced practice does not mean necessarily advanced poses but it means a deep understanding from within the body.
Due to a full teaching schedule I am currently not offering 1-2-1s in 2019.