Yoga is for everyone
No one is too old or too stiff, too fat or thin or tired. A qualified yoga instructor can guide students of all ages and physical conditions to an experience of yoga, which is safe, accessible and rewarding.
Certified Iyengar Yoga instructors are held to an unusually rigorous standard. Only after years of training and evaluation do they become certified. Iyengar Yoga teachers modify the classic asanas (yoga postures) for individual students with the use of props -- such as blocks, blankets and belts. Props allow for a deeper penetration into the posture, as well as a longer stay.
Iyengar Yoga teachers use their deep-seated knowledge of the asanas to individualize corrections for each student. Students know they are observed and, if necessary, adjusted. Clear demonstrations of the posture; a well-developed eye; and specific teaching points which awaken the body’s intelligence -- these are the marks of an Iyengar Yoga teacher.
Students of Iyengar Yoga begin with elementary postures, with an emphasis on the standing asanas (postures). In time, other postures are added, including forward bends and back bends, twists, inversions and restorative poses. Salamba Sarvangasana (Shoulder Balance) is introduced as soon as students are ready because of its many therapeutic benefits. Each class ends with Savasana, corpse pose or deep relaxation. Students learn to rest in a profound way, completely releasing the body while drawing the mind towards the peace within.
As the student progresses, Pranayama (the control of the breath) is introduced.
Teachers devise sequences of poses, which build skill and understanding, from posture to posture, and from class to class. Students are encouraged to develop their own home practice; without one, the study of yoga is incomplete.
“It is never too late in life to practice yoga.”
"The aim and culmination of yoga is sight of the soul, but it has a lot of side effects which are health, happiness, peace and poise."
About Yoga Styles
Many styles of yoga – all the same connection to the Self.
Respects your body's anatomy and physiology. Instructions that coax your body into asanas (postures) using a variety of props to support your natural alignment.
This style is a modern school of yoga that reflects a synthesis of traditional approaches. It is based on the teachings of Swami Kripalvanandji.
This style is a science of yoga which purifies the whole physical body by means of asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha, concentration.
Align and Flow
A style of hatha yoga that connects breath and movement and links one pose to another. The pace is slow enough to pay attention to and cultivate good postural alignment.
Ashtanga Yoga is a system of yoga transmitted to the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009). This method of yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures—a process producing intense internal heat and a purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.
"Courage is not the absence of fear but the ability to carry on with dignity in spite of it."
Props help to create balance, space, strength, and better posture...
The Yoga Experience
1) Give yourself plenty of time to arrive and relax so you can enjoy the entire class. Awareness of boundaries is paramount to living a conscious life.
2) Wear loose comfortable clothing & bare feet.
3) Come with an empty stomach - refrain from eating 2 hours before class.
4) BEFORE CLASS inform your teacher of any injuries or health issues or if you have been ill recently.
5) Turn off everything that beeps – phones, beepers, watches.
6) In consideration of those who have sensitivities, refrain from wearing heavily fragrant scents.
7) All props are provided for your use while in class.
8) Come with an open mind. Finding the yoga teacher for YOU is an exciting experience. It may take a few classes before you feel comfortable with your connection. You have come here to learn, be patient with the experience and yourself.
9) ENJOY - ENJOY - ENJOY!
What are props and why are they used?
B.K.S. Iyengar refined the use of props in the practice of yoga to allow all practitioners access to the benefits of the postures regardless of physical condition, age, or length of study. Props can be used to:
Props include sticky mats, blankets, belts, blocks, chairs, benches, wall ropes, sandbags, and other objects that help students experience the various yoga poses more profoundly.
Allowing students to practice asanas (yoga postures) and pranayamas (breathing patterns) with greater effectiveness, ease, and stability, props can provide support for the body and allow the mind to relax and more profoundly receive the benefits of the yoga.