Questions & Answers

I’m new to Iyengar yoga. Where do I start?

Beginners are advised to come to a beginners yoga class first to be introduced to Iyengar yoga.

Do I need to book in advance?
Yes, the classes have space for a limited number of students so booking is essential. The classes are booked in advance in courses of 8 classes.

What are the benefits of yoga?
Yoga builds strength and stamina, improves flexibility, muscle tone and posture and calms the mind. Regular practice develops awareness and concentration and promotes general wellbeing. There are numerous documented health benefits of yoga.

How often should I come to yoga classes?
As often as you like. At least once a week is recommended. You need to attend regularly to make progress.

What equipment do I need?
A mat is essential, 5 blocks, 2 bricks and a belt see Yoga Matters

What should I wear?
Wear clothes that allow you to move freely. Avoid anything baggy or too long: it’s important you and the yoga teacher can see your knees and feet. Most people wear shorts or leggings and a T-shirt.

I’m pregnant. Can I still practise yoga?
Yes, if you already do Iyengar yoga. Attend the class as normal until week 10 then take a break and return to class in week 14 of your pregnancy.

I have an injury, a bad back, or other health problems. Can yoga help?
Many students start practising with back pain, or other common ailments, and find that yoga helps. Tell me about any injuries or health problems on the registration form and any further issues at the start of the class. For more serious conditions, I can recommend a specialised remedial yoga class that may be more appropriate.

Can I practice yoga during my menstrual cycle?
Yes. However, some poses are not suitable during menstruation, so the teacher will give alternative poses.

Can I eat before the class?
Yoga poses are more comfortable when practised on an empty stomach, so try to leave 3-4 hours after a main meal or 2 hours after a light snack.

Can I drink water during the class?
Drinking water is not recommended during the yoga class as it activates the digestive system which takes the energy away from the body. The poses do not dehydrate the body and thirst is not usually experienced. However, do drink fluids before and after the class.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.​”

  • 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

  • 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…