Yoga became popular in the West in large part through the teaching of B.K.S. Iyengar. His method of learning yoga is now the most widely practised in the world
High Teaching Standards
All Iyengar yoga teachers initially undergo a rigorous two year programme only after being a yoga practitioner for a minimum of three years. Further teaching levels are gained through additional robust training.
Only certified teachers teach genuine Iyengar yoga. All hold the Iyengar Yoga Teachers Certification Mark, a sign of excellence, clarity and depth of understanding. Iyengar Yoga (UK) is the governing body.
Iyengar yoga is accessible to anyone. Regular practice increases suppleness, strength and stamina, improves posture and concentration and brings quietness to the mind to promote well-being.
The Iyengar yoga technique emphasizes precision and alignment. Quality of movement is prioritized over quantity. You learn to move with ease in your body while working within your limitations. This makes the yoga postures (asanas) safe to perform.
Use of Props
Yoga postures are held for longer than in some other methods, allowing tight muscles to lengthen and relax, and helping to focus awareness. Yoga Props such as blankets, blocks and belts may be used to improve your understanding of poses or to help if you have difficulties.
The practice is progressive, building a stable foundation before attempting more demanding work. Beginners start with standing yoga poses and are gradually introduced to a fuller range of sitting and reclining yoga postures, forward extensions, inversions, twists, backbends and arm balances.
Each group of yoga postures develop the body in different yet reciprocal ways and have different qualities: grounding, energizing, strengthening, stimulating, calming. Yoga classes at all levels devote time to relaxation. Once the body and mind are strong enough to sit or lie for extended periods without distraction, students learn pranayama (yogic breathing).
No two yoga classes are the same: yoga poses are used from the different groups of poses to emphasize the various aspects of the practice.
Integrated mental and physical practice
Iyengar yoga has been described as meditation in action. Practicing the yoga postures with awareness has an integrating effect and works to harmonize mind and body.
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“I’ve found Yoga to be an ideal way to maintain flexibility, but as with any voluntary exercise the class needs to be pleasurable as well as hard work! Jo’s sensibly focussed approach keeps the balance between formality and friendly coaching to get the best of everyone no matter their abilities or age.”
“I come to Iyengar Yoga because it keeps my back in good order and saves me a fortune on physio bills, it keeps my legs strong for hill walking and running, makes me feel trim and best of all I enjoy it!” Jill
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