Iyengar yoga is characterised by:
Iyengar yoga concentrates on postural alignment and body awareness. This is not just for the alignment of one body part with another, but also for the proper functioning of the human being. If the body is aligned with precision then the breath is aligned with the same precision. If the breath is balanced then the mind, emotions and senses become balanced.
The teaching of yoga postures in an Iyengar yoga class is similar wherever you go; I teach the postures which I have selected for the class for a specific reason, but the manner of teaching postures is the same worldwide. This means a student can go to any teacher and fit into the class immediately.
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…
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…
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.
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…
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.
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…
“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….
“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
“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…
The class starts with:
Standing postures are then often practiced in which one learns the fundamentals of how to adjust and align the body correctly. This has to be learnt before more advanced postures can be successfully mastered. Standing poses therefore form the foundation of even the most advanced postures and have to be studied continuously.
The practice could then focus on special postures including:
Pranayama is normally taught in a class designed specifically for this practice and students usually begin pranayama after about two years regular asana practice, although observation of normal breathing patterns and some basic pranayamas may be introduced during the relaxation/recuperative period at the end of each asana class. The class will end with recuperative and re-energising postures.
Often classes are arranged to teach types of postures, such as:
The high standard of training of teachers ensures a good record of safety for the students. Students will often say they walk away from an Iyengar Yoga class feeling straighter and full of energy despite of having worked quite hard.