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BKS Iyengar Teaching
BKS Iyengar teaching

What is learnt in an Iyengar Yoga class?

Students learn the classical yoga asanas (postures or exercises) which are introduced progressively and are shown and explained in detail. There are many different types of postures divided into groups e.g. standings, sittings, inversions, twists, backbends, recuperative poses, each with specific beneficial effects on body and mind.

Beginners work in a basic way to begin with, but as they develop they are able to understand more refined ways of working in the asanas, as well as being able to learn more complicated and challenging postures.

 

Even in a general class situation where people of different ages and abilities practice yoga together, individual attention, help and correction is given. When necessary supports called "props" are used that allow the student to progress safely at their own pace and to suit their body. At the end of each class there is a period of quiet relaxation, which is calming and restorative, and concentration on simple breathing can bring a sense of well being. Usually twice each term a whole class is devoted to recuperative poses and pranayama (regulation of the breath).

So it doesn't matter if you have been a couch potato for years, or are stiff, or whether you are fit and go jogging every week, Iyengar Yoga can be practiced by anyone. Although the students concentrate on their yoga there is a relaxed and friendly atmosphere - yoga should be enjoyable as well as challenging.

 

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