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"Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the

brighter the flame."    B.K.S Iyengar 

 

Iyengar yoga is a method developed by

Yogacharya Sri B.K.S Iyengar,  which focuses on

the precise alignment of the body, working deeply

and with awareness in each asana (posture), to

gain the maximum benefit to your flexibility,

strength and wellbeing. Sometimes blocks, cork

bricks, or belts may be used to help

students practice asanas safely and in a way

that is beneficial to each individual (whatever

their age, strength or level of flexibility).

Through Iyengar Yoga practitioners aim to unite

the body, mind and spirit, and attain  physical

and mental well-being. 

 

Iyengar Yoga teachers are trained to very high

standards, and must have been

practicing Iyengar Yoga regularly for at least 3

years before they can apply for

the teacher training. The training itself takes a minimum of two years to

complete. Once qualified, teachers can then go on to study for higher levels of

teaching qualifications.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT AT A CLASS 

Class sequences are different each week, and may focus on a certain

type of posture (e.g. forward bends or back bends), or work on a

particular theme. The teacher will plan the sequence of asanas for each class

in such a way as to be safe and beneficial for the body and mind. Classes can

be hard work as they involve intense stretching, but are fun and challenging,

and will be tailored to the level of experience of the students. You should feel

lighter and calmer after a class. Every class will end with Savasana,

(relaxation), to rejuvenate the body after the work of the practice. Continued

practice will bring greater flexibility, strength, peace of mind and many other

health benefits.

Sophia's classes are friendly and welcoming, with a supportive and positive

atmosphere.


What To Wear:

Anything that is comfortable and does not restrict movement. Leggings/shorts

and vest,t- shirt or long sleeved top are ideal.

Studio Ettiquette:

Please turn off mobile phones or set them to silent when you arrive for class.

If you need to have your phone on for specific reasons please let the teacher

know.

If you arrive a few minutes late and the class is sitting in silence or is in the

middle of the invocation, please just sit down quietly, and once the

silence/invocation finishes then please put out your mat and join the class.

Other Tips:

You should leave 2 hours between eating a meal and practicing Yoga.

It's best not to drink water during Yoga class, but feel free to bring some to drink

when you finish.

You should always let the teacher know of any injuries, illnesses, conditions or

operations so that they can make sure you are practicing safely and in a way

that is most beneficial to you.

 

B.K.S Iyengar has written many wonderful books on the practice and philosophy

of Yoga. If you would like to know more about his remarkable life, about Yoga in

general, or specifically about the Iyengar method the following books would be a

great place to start:

 

 

Light on Yoga - by B.K.S Iyengar

 

Light on Life - by B.K.S Iyengar

 

B.K.S Iyengar: The Path to Holistic Health - by B.K.S Iyengar

 

Yoga: A Gem For Women - by Geeta Iyengar

 

Yoga The Iyengar Way - by Mira Mehta