What is Iyengar Yoga?
Iyengar yoga was developed by BKS Iyengar, author of Light on Yoga, Light on Pranayama, and subsequently by his daughters Geeta Iyengar, on Prashant Iyengar and the Iyengar family. In Iyengar yoga the emphasis is on performance of the classical yoga asanas (postures) with attention to detail and alignment. The approach is disciplined and progressive and students are given individual attention, correction and provided props and supports to aid their progression through the pose. It is suitable for all levels, ages and physical abilities.
All the teachers at Movement 4 Health are trained in the Iyengar tradition and are certificated by the IYA (UK). This entitles them to use the Iyengar Certification Mark: an indication of high quality training endorsed by BKS Iyengar in Pune, India.
How Your Iyengar Teacher Is Trained
The Iyengar certification process is highly rigorous, assuring you of a teacher who practices and is well trained in the art, science, and philosophy of yoga. Prospective teachers confirm their dedication through years of studying yoga. Teacher training includes the study of anatomy, physiology, philosophy, first aid and practical teaching methods.
Full certification allows the teacher to use the official Iyengar Certification Mark. All our Movement 4 Health teachers carry the IYI Certificate Mark.
The process of teacher training and evaluation is repeated with higher standards and different material at six additional levels of certification, from Introductory to Intermediate Senior, preparing teachers to teach at increasing levels of competency. Still higher levels of certification are granted directly by B.K.S. Iyengar.
Frequently asked Questions
What should I wear or bring?
Wear clothes that let you move freely: shorts or leggings and a T-shirt are ideal. Because the teacher needs to see your alignment in poses, baggy trousers are not suitable, nor leggings that cover the ankles or obstruct the feet. Yoga is practised in bare feet. Changing rooms with showers are available at the Centre: bring a towel if you wish to shower before/after class. There is no need to bring any other equipment as everything is provided for the class.
I haven’t done yoga before. Where do I start?
There are two options. Sign up for a yoga foundation course – a 8 week course for complete beginners, or join one of our ongoing beginner’s classes. It is not necessary to do the foundation course before coming to a beginner’s class if you have prior experience of Iyengar Yoga: but many people prefer to do this.
Beginner’s classes don’t need to be booked – just come along.
Foundation courses must be booked and paid for in advance.
What are the benefits of yoga?
Yoga increases flexibility, stamina, builds strength and improves posture. Most people find increased levels of energy and an enhanced feeling of wellbeing. Regular practice of yoga increases awareness and brings emotional stability and inner peace.
How often should I attend class?
Come at least once per week if you want to feel the benefits: Many students attend 2 times per week. Progress is dependent on regular attendance and you will quickly see the benefits.
Can I come to class if I am pregnant?
Our current classes are not suitable in pregnancy unless you have been attending regularly already before you became pregnant.
I’ve got a back problem. Will yoga help?
Many people take up yoga because of common back problems and find that Iyengar yoga helps. We need to know about any more serious back injuries before you come to class.
What is the registration process?
Check our timetable for details. All students need to register with Isabel or Geoffrey before attending classes.