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Iyengar Yoga


Iyengar Yoga, created by B. K. S. Iyengar, is a form of Hatha Yoga known for its use of props, such as belts, blocks, and blankets, as aids in performing asanas (postures). The props enable students to perform the asanas correctly, minimising the risk of injury or strain, and making the postures accessible to both young and old. The development of strength, mobility and stability are emphasized through the asanas.
Iyengar Yoga is firmly on the traditional eight limbs of yoga as expounded by Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras.

 A form of Hatha Yoga, it focuses on the structural alignment of the physical body through the development of asanas. Through the practice of a system of asanas, it aims to unite the body, mind and spirit for health and well-being. This discipline is considered a powerful tool to relieve the stresses of modern-day life which in turn can help promote total physical and spiritual well-being.[1]
Iyengar Yoga is characterized by great attention to detail and precise focus on body alignment. Iyengar pioneered the use of "props" such as cushions, benches, blocks, straps and sand bags, which function as aids allowing beginners to experience asanas more easily and fully than might not otherwise be possible without several years of practice. Props also allow elderly, injured, tired or ill students to enjoy the benefits of many asanas via fully "supported" methods requiring less muscular effort.
Standing poses are emphasized in Iyengar Yoga. They are said to build strong legs, increase general vitality, and improve circulation, coordination and balance, ensuring a strong foundation for study of more advanced poses.
Unlike more experiential approaches where students are encouraged to independently "find their way" to the asanas by imitating the teacher, an Iyengar Yoga class is highly verbal and precise, with misalignment's and errors actively corrected. Iyengar teachers complete at least two years of rigorous training for the introductory certificate. They may complete subsequent intermediate levels and senior levels of certification, potentially entailing a decade or more of training.
Iyengar also developed extensively ways of applying his practice to various ailments, diseases, and disorders. Many of these sources of suffering, such as chronic backache, immunodeficiency, high blood pressure, insomnia, depression and menopause, have specific programs of Iyengar yoga associated with them. 

While Iyengar Yoga has been proven to be beneficial to those with medical conditions , a general class such as my own is not recommended for those with severe health problems  and is not a therapy , I can however recommend senior teachers in the area who will be able to help . Also for yoga in pregnancy if you have been a yoga student and attended classes prior to pregnancy then you may be able to continue in the general class  , otherwise perhaps again i can help and locate a senior teacher 

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What To Expect...
  • All My Classes are for Beginners .and Improvers . This generally means they are a mixed class of those who have practised yoga for some time, and complete beginners.
    As Yoga is non competitive this is usual and different abilities simply work to where they are able. 
    As in Iyengar Yoga we use equipment to help with the postures , some students will use none or lots of equipment , depending on what they need - so everyone works to their own level .

Everyone wears loose clothing that you can move in , tracksuit bottoms , leggings and shorts / tee shirts are usual 
We practise in bare feet 
Bring a yoga mat if you have one , and blocks and belts if you have them also . If you are new to yoga , you probably wont have these which is fine - i have some equipment that i loan out , and recommend this till you are sure to attend regularly ( yoga is not always for everyone , like any other activity).
But do bring a small blanket(car rug size)  / or thick towel , and socks to put on for relaxation.

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