The Iyengar method of yoga is named after our teacher Yogacharya Sri B.K.S. Iyengar. The teaching helps you focus on correct alignment of the body in poses ensuring you are working safely, with maximum benefit to your flexibility, strength and wellbeing. Classes generally start with simple poses and gradually move towards more advanced poses, ending with a period of relaxation and sometimes incorporating breathing techniques. Props, such as blocks and belts, are sometimes used in class to allow those with less strength or flexibility to work correctly and achieve their full potential.
The postures are very precise and you will be guided through them by experienced teachers who are trained to make appropriate adjustments for different physiques and for people with specific problems. The classes can be hard work, as the poses involve intense stretching; however, you will leave the class feeling lighter and calmer. The immediate benefits of yoga are greater flexibility and strength, and better physical health. As you continue with your practice, psychological benefits begin to appear.
People take up yoga for a variety of reasons. Some are looking for a way to de-stress, others want to improve their flexibility or get fit without spending hours pounding on a treadmill. Whether you’re super-fit or completely unfit, yoga has something to offer. Many people are incredibly stiff when they first come to a yoga class but this quickly improves with practice. Use our DHIY Class lists to find a convenient class near you. It might just change your life!
Be sure to tell your teacher if there is anything they should know about such as a bad back, stiff shoulders, sore knees etc. All of the poses can be modified for these conditions and may well help relieve them.