What is IYENGAR YOGA?
B.K.S. Iyengar’s method of practising and teaching Hatha yoga is practised world-wide, and developed from a profound understanding of the subtleties of yoga asana (poses). Concentrating on alignment and extension, Iyengar yoga ensures a safe and progressive exploration of the asanas (poses) and pranayama (breathing exercises). Props such as belts, bricks, wall ropes and blankets are used to help students perform the correct actions as they develop their practice. Classes vary widely from dynamic and flowing to a slower paced even restorative level. Most classes will be physically demanding at times to optimise the transnational potential of the asanas. Suitable for all, but particular attention to attending the appropriate level is recommended.
Level 1 Class is suitable for beginners and those wishing to consolidate their practice at this level.
Level 2 Class is for students who have attended Iyengar Level 1 classes for at least a year and focuses on refining the basic asanas. Shoulder balance is practised regularly, and head balance will be introduced.
Level 1-2 Class suitable for both Level 1 and Level 2 students who are ready to work a bit harder, but not suitable for complete beginners.
Level 3 Class is suitable for students who have attended Iyengar classes regularly for at least two years and who feel ready to begin intermediate poses, you need to be both familiar with and steady in the inverted poses (shoulder and head balance), comfortable with back bends and be ready to spend more time consolidating basic postures in finer detail. Students working at this level are advised to develop a regular home practice.
General Class is suitable for all students - variations and adaptations will be given to accommodate varying levels of experience within the class.
Gentle Class is geared toward people with injuries and older students, but is really for anyone seeking an easier going practice. The class uses more supports and props, to allow you to enjoy the benefits of yoga in a safe, slow and methodical way.
Community Class is designed to benefit anyone wishing to start yoga, but also to benefit the trainee teachers at Yoga on Tay currently in teacher training in the Iyengar system (see Teachers - 'Trainee Teachers'). The 'community classes' have been set up to give Jo and Helena (and on occasions when they are unable to take the class one of the other trainees) extra teaching experience. The class will be taught at Level 1, class size will be kept small and a reduced fee is charged.
Yoga is an ideal way to remain active and yet in be in touch with your 'bump'. Pregnant ladies can attend any L1/2 or general class with Julie, who is fully qualified, insured and experienced in teaching yoga during pregnancy (through both her own pregnancies and with dozens of 'yoga babies' since). Please contact us to see which class may suit you best.