What can I expect in a class?
The teaching of Iyengar Yoga is progressive and safe. Beginners work according to their capabilities, learning to stretch, relax and increase stamina in basic postures before progressing to complicated postures. Breath awareness and pranayama (breath control) are gradually introduced.
You can expect the teacher to demonstrate postures, give clear instructions and where necessary give adjustments or use props (yoga blocks, belts or chairs) so that everyone can benefit and participate. Often there may be a theme for the class.
You will be guided through structured sequences of asanas or postures enabling students of all levels to progress safely. You can expect to be introduced over time to a range of postures including all the major types; standing poses, back bends, forward bends, twists, inversions and restorative postures.
As students develop they move on to more refined ways of working and may hold certain asanas for some time. This allows the body to settle, the pattern of the breath to become established, the mind can quieten and subtle observations can be made from within and through the body.
Classes end with savasana and/or meditation – a quiet centring to assimilate the teachings and absorb the experience of the class.