A practical one and a half hour class of Yoga . You will learn the Iyengar method of Yoga by practising the asanas (postures) and pranayamas (breathing techniques). Corrections will be given individually as necessary. Corrections can be either through refined demonstrations, precise verbal instructions or with hands on adjustments. Relaxation postures are always a part of this class. It is recommended to commit to the full term. However, learners are welcome to join this class during the term if there is a space.
“Iyengar Yoga really helped me to de-stress and improve my posture. Afterwards, you feel great!” – Iyengar Yoga Student
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The Iyengar tradition of yoga focuses on alignment and precision in movement to cultivate self-awareness. Poses are held – initially for a few seconds and, as the practice progresses, for longer – to enable students to align the body correctly and settle into the pose. Pranayama, the art of breath control, is introduced after students have developed sufficient strength and stamina in the postures. Teaching in Iyengar yoga is methodical and progressive: postures are introduced gradually and students can progress at their own pace, to suit their body. When needed, props (such as bricks, belts and blankets) are used to improve alignment and increase mobility. The postures exercise the body and mind, release tension, increase stamina, and aid wellbeing and relaxation.
- 21 standing poses.
- 5 seated forward extension and 10 sitting and supine poses.
- 5 seated twists and 6 abdominal and lumbar poses.
- 7 backbends .
- 6 inversions.
- 5 breathing technique (pranayama).
TEACHING AND LEARNING METHODS
Demonstration with progressively detailed instruction as understanding develops. Students practise postures which can be individually adjusted so that each student gets the most benefit from them. Breathing practices are also undertaken with periods of relaxation at the end of the class.
COURSE LEVEL/ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
No particular knowledge of yoga is necessary.
HOW PROGRESS IS CHECKED DURING COURSE
Progress is monitored through teacher observation, with verbal and written evaluations from the students.
EXTRA STUDY OR PRACTICE REQUIRED AT HOME
It is more beneficial to practise at home as well. Guidance sheets are also supplied for this.
MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED TO BRING TO THE COURSE
Please bring: a yoga mat, a yoga belt, a blanket, 4 foam blocks and if possible two yoga bricks. If you are coming for the first time, a yoga mat and a blanket will suffice. Other equipment can be purchased later.
WHAT CAN I DO NEXT?
There are Iyengar yoga workshops locally to further understanding and experience.