What to expect
Within capability and safe to perform
Iyengar Yoga is a form of hatha yoga developed by B. K. S. Iyengar. It includes over 200 different poses (asanas) ranging from the basic to the more advanced.
The Iyengar yoga technique focuses on precision and alignment of the body combined with breath awareness where quality of movement is prioritised over quantity. Students learn to move with ease while working within their limitations. The teacher will observe and correct your work making sure you are working safely and ensuring you get the most out of the session.
Yoga Postures are held for longer than in some other styles, allowing tight muscles to lengthen and relax which in turn helps to bring an awareness of the body . Students are encouraged to listen to their body and come out of a pose when they are ready.
Yoga Props such as blankets, blocks and belts may be used to improve an understanding of poses or to help with any difficulties or restrictions in the body thereby limiting the risk of injury.
The practice of a course is progressive, building a stable foundation before attempting more demanding work. Beginners start with standing poses to build a strong foundation and are gradually introduced to a fuller range of sitting and reclining poses, forward extensions, inversions, twists and backbends. Each group of yoga poses develops the body in different yet reciprocal ways and has different qualities: grounding, energising, strengthening, stimulating and calming.
Poses during a class will follow a sequence to ensure appropriate preparation of the body. Yoga classes at all levels devote time to relaxation.
Adho Mukha Svanasana