New to Yoga

Here are some helpful points for those who are new to yoga:

  • Iyengar Yoga is for anyone, regardless of age, health, gender, physical ability or other life circumstances; you just need to find the right class for you.
  • An Iyengar Yoga class involves yoga postures (called asanas) which are designed to move the body in a variety of ways to bring mobility, stability and awareness. The poses are demonstrated, observed and adjusted by the teacher for correct alignment of the body which also brings better functioning of the internal systems. Regular attendance will develop stamina and tone and a sense of well-being should follow.
  • Yoga props are a feature of Iyengar Yoga lessons. These are items of equipment which enable a student to achieve their full potential and work to the best of their ability in the lesson. Typical props are blankets, foam blocks, belts and bolsters. All the teachers are trained to use these items correctly and all of the equipment is available for your use at the Yoga Shala.
  • Your clothing should not be restrictive to movement, so sportswear or loose clothing is best. A t-shirt and leggings or shorts is the most popular attire.
  • You should be prepared to work in bare feet and on the yoga mats which are provided.
  • Please do not eat just prior to attending a yoga class. You should leave two hours after a light meal or three to four hours after a heavy meal.
  • At your first lesson you will be asked to complete a questionnaire which will inform your teacher of any physical or medical conditions you may have so that we can take the best care of you during the lessons.
  • The class descriptions should help you to decide which class is best suited for you.
  • For further information, please contact Sheila.