What is Iyengar Yoga?
The postures are very precise and you will be guided through them by an experienced teacher who is trained to make appropriate adjustments for different physiques and for people with specific problems. The classes can be hard work, as the poses involve intense stretching; however, you will leave the class feeling lighter and calmer. The immediate benefits of yoga are greater flexibility and strength, and better physical health. As you continue with your practice, psychological and spiritual benefits begin to appear.
The Iyengar Method
The Iyengar method of yoga is named after Yogacharya Sri B.K.S. Iyengar. The teaching helps you focus on correct alignment of the body in poses ensuring you are working safely, with maximum benefit to your flexibility, strength and wellbeing. Classes generally start with simple poses and gradually move towards more advanced poses, ending with a period of relaxation and sometimes incorporating breathing techniques. Props, such as blocks and belts, are sometimes used in class to allow those with less strength or flexibility to work correctly and achieve their full potential.
The Iyengar Certification Mark
All teachers of Iyengar yoga are trained to very high standards and fully insured; this is part of the reason that Iyengar yoga is one of the most widely-performed methods of yoga worldwide. When you see this Mark it means an Introductory teacher has completed at least three years of regular Iyengar yoga classes followed by two years’ teacher training, and has successfully passed a rigorous assessment. Intermediate and Senior teachers have been practising and training for many more years and have passed a series of further assessments. All Iyengar teachers are required to maintain their professional development each year to qualify for continued use of the Mark. The Iyengar Yoga Certification Mark is a guarantee of excellence, clarity and depth of understanding. (Matthew Greenfield currently holds the Senior Intermediate Level 2 certificate.)
Please visit the Iyengar Yoga (UK) website for more information.