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Yoga Benefits

Regular practice of yoga can give a general feeling of good physical health and psychological well-being. It can help us to face the challenges of ill health and can assist with the management of many kinds of physical and psychological problem, including arthritis, back pain, depression, loss of balance and many others.

Iyengar yoga’s focus on postural alignment, accuracy and attention to detail in the poses can help with the various types of postural/structural problems that we may have. It can also assist in the release of emotional tensions, improve concentration and relieve the mind and body of stress. This, in turn, can lead us towards a deeper understanding of ourselves and help us to cope more easily with the challenges of everyday life.

Many studies have shown the positive influence of yoga on health, but the most telling comments come from yoga students themselves. They know from their experience in class and in their own personal practice, that the poses practised in Iyengar yoga allow them to access all of their muscle groups, increase the flexibility of their joints, develop general stability, steadiness and stamina, and improve breath control and respiration. For many, this leads to greater balance and confidence in many areas of life.

  • Sarah

    The private individual class has allowed me to explore my practice in a way that is tailored to my needs, aims and limitations. It is also a very nurturing space, where Jo’s patient but firm guidance have enabled me to push myself within my limitations, so that my back is much stronger, I have less…

  • Yvonne

    Have been to many yoga classes with many different yoga teachers but Jo is definitely the best I have ever worked with. Her attention to detail, high expectations coupled with a calm kindness and sensitive regard for each individual’s needs and capacity make the class accessible and valuable to all. Thank you Jo for re-engaging…

  • Roz

    Jo is an excellent teacher. Very patient and she makes each lesson so varied and interesting. She has truly helped me move my practise forward and I am thoroughly enjoying iyengar yoga. Related

  • Rebecca

    Jo is an inspirational & experienced teacher. I love her classes, recently I have had some pregnancy yoga sessions and I feel more energised, relaxed and my whole body feels more at ease. Just got back from a session and already can feel that tonight is going to be a lovely deep sleep. Jo has…

  • Lindsay

    Myself and my husband have been attending Jo’s class for around 2 years, we enjoy the sessions which help with our flexibility and strength as we get older. Jo is passionate about yoga which shines through in her teaching. Its a lovely class full of really nice people. Related

  • Robyn

    I have been attending Jo’s class in Burley since it began nearly 3 years ago. It really has become a hobby and I look forward to it every week. It’s such a friendly class and Jo is a very patient teacher. The classes are varied every week and there’s always something new to learn. Yoga…

  • Rosie

    “I never thought that i would enjoy yoga, however my sister started classes with Jo and rated her very highly. When i started I informed Jo that i have hyper mobile knees. Jo has been super helpful in finding poses that help my knees and has worked with me to try and improve their strength….

  • Rob

    “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.​” Related

  • Jill

    “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 Related

  • Kate

    “Although I had a vague appreciation that yoga was known to be beneficial for both mental and physical wellbeing I had n’t known quite what to expect when I signed up for Jo’s Class. I have discovered that the classes are challenging but supportive and can be tailored to suit all physiques and abilities. I…