Iyengar yoga is a form of gentle yoga and focuses on performing each asana or posture with attention to alignment and breath control. By focusing on each asana (pose), it allows proper form and focus on breath control. Iyengar pays attention to breathing which helps to relieve stress and relax. When the body is balanced, the mind is too.
Iyengar yoga challenges you as you hold each pose for an extended period so you can adjust your body to the correct alignment. You will often have rests in child’s pose as this brings welcome relief to compliment the intensity of building stamina through balance and holding work. The rest periods do not mean this style of yoga is easy.
In this course, Jane will encourage all students to work to the best of their ability and not beyond their level or try to keep up with more practiced students.
Beginners will make the use of the props provided to help learn and practice the asanas properly.
BENEFITS OF IYENGAR:
- better awareness of the body
- improved balance
- decreased stress levels
- increased relaxation
- improved mind body connection
- increased strength and mobility
IS THIS STYLE OF YOGA RIGHT FOR ME?
Iyengar Yoga is meant for everyone, from the newest beginning yoga student to seasoned. You should consider trying it if you are:
- a beginner to yoga
- trying to recover and build strength after an injury
- elderly or disabled and looking to improve mobility
- a more advanced practitioner and looking to focus on alignment
- looking for ways to achieve a quieter mind and better mind body balance
WHAT TO WEAR
Comfortable clothing that with some stretch that is also cool to wear. You want to have bare feet. Perfume and jewellery can be distracting so best to avoid wearing.
Bring a yoga mat and water bottle.