What happens in a class?
I am qualified at Introductory Level 2 so can teach 72 yoga poses (called asanas in Sanskrit) such as standing poses, twists, forward bends, seated poses, backward extensions and inversions. Some classes will be restful restorative classes including some breathing techniques (pranayama).
The class starts with a short period of quiet time in preparation. Poses will be demonstrated to draw attention to specific points to help students perform the asana with awareness and understanding. Different poses will be taught each week to build knowledge, strength and flexibility.
Iyengar yoga teachers are taught to make adjustments to students where necessary to align the body correctly. This focus on accurate bodily alignment is what makes Iyengar yoga distinctive. If you ever feel uncomfortable with this or would rather not be adjusted please let me know as my aim is to create a relaxing and harmonious atmosphere for everyone in the class.
Props such as blocks, belts and bricks may be used to help with stiffness or injury or to assist alignment and understanding of a pose. The Iyengar method of yoga allows the student to progress safely and intelligently from doing physical movements to developing bodily awareness and sensitivity.
The class finishes with time in Savasana (corpse pose), where the body is encouraged into deep rest to assimilate and absorb the practice, while the mind remains alert but drawn towards the peace within.
Should I eat or drink before class?
It is best not to have a full stomach when you come to class so eat a couple of hours beforehand. It is best not to drink during the class unless there is a medical need.
What equipment should I bring?
If you have a yoga mat or equipment, please bring it. Some equipment is available to borrow. I can advise which equipment is best to purchase.
What should I do if I am late?
If you arrive late to class, please wait outside and enter once the quiet sitting at the start of the class is finished.
What if I have an injury?
Injuries can be accommodated but if you have any specific medical conditions, major injury or have recently had an operation, please contact me in advance of booking. Students with injuries will be shown how to work safely within their limitations.
What should I wear?
Wear anything you are comfortable in such as leggings or shorts and a t-shirt, preferably not too baggy. A top and socks can be worn for the relaxation at the end of class. We work with bare feet.