Iyengar Yoga, The Iyengar System, is the world’s most practised form of yoga. You may be surprised to hear that, as we tend not to be great at self-promotion, unlike some of the modern Yoga franchises. Iyengar Yoga teachers are trained over many years, not like the current ‘200-hour’ schools that have sprung up.
Iyengar Yoga is based on the ancient art of Hatha Yoga (the ‘yoga of effort’), and is not influenced by the ‘New Age’ practices that some other schools have adopted.Iyengar Yoga is such a popular method as it is very methodical and very safe. As you learn there is a gradual, logical progression.
In class we begin with a moment to centre ourselves, then warm up and perform various poses (listed below). There’s also an awareness of breathing, the breath work is considered more advanced than asana. Towards the end of the class we watch the breath in Pranayama (guiding the breath). We finish with relaxation.