What is Iyengar Yoga?
Our studio follows the teachings of BKS Iyengar, a lifelong practitioner and teacher from Pune in India. Iyengar refined the thousand-year-old Indian yoga practices for the modern times and for western students.
Iyengar yoga is characterised by correct technical alignment of muscles, joints and bones in all poses, structured class asana (pose/exercise) sequencing, and use of props and adjustments.
Correct alignment is critical to protect against injury, as well as to give you the potential to achieve the maximum benefits of the poses.
Correct posture affects not only your physical body. It also means the benefits of the pose can penetrate deeper into the body. This assists you to develop mental and later spiritual awareness during your practice.
As you work to correct alignment, you will notice the benefits of healthy posture and an increase in concentration and focus during the class. In time, a sustained practice can bring not just strength, and increased mobility, but vitality, thoughtfulness and equanimity.
Structured Sequencing: Proper sequencing of asanas within a practice session plays an important role in achieving maximum benefit from the session. In Iyengar yoga there is no set sequence for each class. The teacher will plan the class according to the ability of the students, with a view to developing what we have taught over the previous sessions.
Each class is also internally sequenced so there is a range of invigorating, calming, and neutralising poses to provide a balanced practice. Some poses will be practised each week, others will change. All classes guide students towards developing their personal strength and practice.
The variety of methods used and poses gives Iyengar classes a freshness each week!
Use of props and adjustments: In class we typically use blocks, belts, blankets, and bolsters. These props are designed to make poses accessible to those who may not otherwise be able to perform the posture and help adjust or support a student in a safe and effective way. We also make individual corrections and adjustments for each student to help guide them to achieve greater benefit from the pose.
I want to attend my first yoga class what do I need to do?
For general and experienced classes you can book online via this website, for beginners courses you need to phone the teacher of the class you would like to attend (phone numbers below) then arrive 10 minutes prior to class and register for the class with the teacher.
What type of clothing is appropriate to wear to a yoga class?
Clothing should be loose and comfortable allowing for maximum comfort and ease of movement (shorts and T-shirts are excellent).
Are there any other restrictions?
Students are advised not to eat a large meal for 2-3 hours prior to commencing their class. You dont need to drink fluids through out the class, a drink before hand is fine.
What do I need to bring to class?
Once you have booked in for a beginners course or casual class, just bring yourself. We have all the mats and props here, of course if you would like to use your own mat bring it along.
During the hot summer months you might like to bring a hand towel. During the winter months you might like to make sure you have enough warm clothing and a pair of socks.
Do I need any special footwear?
No, you do not need any footwear as yoga is done with bare feet.
What is the average age group of people doing yoga?
People of all ages attend yoga classes there are no restrictions on age. Some classes are more gentle than other classes and students may find that certain classes may be more suitable for them. So students are encouraged to contact and to speak to a teacher who can recommend the right class for you.
Women are advised not to perform inverted asanas or strong abdominal asanas during the time of menstruation. Please let the teacher know if you are menstruating or pregnant and they will guide you with any modifications needed.
Any current or long term injuries or restrictions should be mentioned to the teacher so we can guide your practce.