Iyengar yoga is a method developed by Yogacharya Sri B.K.S Iyengar, which focuses on the precise alignment of the body, working deeply and with awareness in each asana (posture), to gain the maximum benefit to your flexibility, strength and wellbeing. Sometimes blocks, cork bricks, or belts may be used to help students practice asanas safely and in a way that is beneficial to each individual (whatever their age, strength or level of flexibility). Through Iyengar Yoga practitioners aim to unite the body, mind and spirit, and attain physical and mental well-being. This is a classical form of yoga, rooted deeply in Yoga Philosophy and teachings of Patanjali.
Iyengar Yoga teachers are trained to very high standards, and must have been practicing Iyengar Yoga regularly for at least 3 years before they can apply for the teacher training. The training itself takes a minimum of two years to complete. Once qualified, teachers can then go on to study for higher levels of teaching qualifications.
What to Expect at a Class
Class sequences are different each week, and may focus on a certain type of posture (e.g. forward bends or back bends), or work on a particular theme. The teacher will plan the sequence of asanas for each class in such a way as to be safe and beneficial for the body and mind. Classes can be hard work as they involve intense stretching, but are fun and challenging, and will be tailored to the level of experience of the students. You should feel lighter and calmer after a class. Every class will end with Savasana, (relaxation), to rejuvenate the body after the work of the practice. Continued practice will bring greater flexibility, strength, peace of mind and many other health benefits.
Sophia's classes are friendly and welcoming, with a supportive and positive atmosphere.
What To Wear:
Anything that is comfortable and does not restrict movement. Leggings/shorts and vest,t- shirt or long sleeved top are ideal.
Please turn off mobile phones or set them to silent when you arrive for class. If you need to have your phone on for specific reasons please let the teacher know.
If you arrive a few minutes late and the class is sitting in silence or is in the middle of the invocation, please just sit down quietly, and once the silence/invocation finishes then please put out your mat and join the class.
You should leave 2 hours between eating a meal and practicing Yoga.
It's best not to drink water during Yoga class, but feel free to bring some to drink when you finish.
You should always let the teacher know of any injuries, illnesses, conditions or operations so that they can make sure you are practicing safely and in a way that is most beneficial to you.