Why Iyengar Yoga?
Yoga became popular in the West in large part through the teaching of B.K.S. Iyengar. His method of learning yoga is now the most widely practised in the world.
Iyengar yoga is accessible to anyone. Regular practice increases suppleness, strength and stamina, improves posture and concentration and quietens the mind to promote wellbeing.
High Teaching Standards
All Iyengar yoga teachers undergo a rigorous programme of training lasting years. NOTIY teachers have many years of experience and continue their professional development by studying with senior teachers in the UK and from India, including at RIMYI in Pune.
The Iyengar yoga technique emphasises precision and alignment. Quality of movement is prioritised over quantity. You learn to move with ease in your body while working within your limitations. This makes the yoga postures (asanas) safe to perform.
Use of Props
Yoga Postures are held for longer than in some other methods, allowing tight muscles to lengthen and relax, and helping to focus awareness. Yoga Props such as blankets, blocks and belts may be used to improve your understanding of poses or to help if you have difficulties.
The practice is progressive, building a stable foundation before attempting more demanding work. Beginners start with standing yoga poses and are gradually introduced to a fuller range of sitting and reclining yoga postures, forward extensions, inversions, twists, backbends and arm balances.
Each group of yoga postures develops the body in different yet reciprocal ways and has different qualities: grounding, energising, strengthening, stimulating, calming. Yoga Classes at all levels devote time to relaxation. Once the body and mind are strong enough to sit or lie for extended periods without distraction, students learn pranayama (yogic breathing).
No two yoga classes are the same: teachers select yoga poses from the different groups of poses to emphasise the various aspects of the practice.
Integrated mental and physical practice
Iyengar yoga has been described as meditation in action. Practising the yoga postures with awareness has an integrating effect and works to harmonise mind and body.
Only certified teachers teach genuine Iyengar yoga. All of our teachers hold the IYENGAR® Yoga Teachers Certification Mark, a sign of excellence, clarity and depth of understanding. To use this logo, they have to be properly trained and maintain their development.
What can you expect from yoga classes?
A safe, methodical progression of yoga postures
Technique – precision, alignment and awareness in performing the yoga postures
Sequencing to develop strength, flexibility, stamina, concentration and relaxation
Clear demonstration and explanation by well-qualified teachers
Individual correction and adjustment by the teacher when necessary