can I expect in an Iyengar yoga class?
will be introduced to the basic asanas (postures) which will include
standing poses, sitting poses, inverted poses and recuperative poses.
All the asanas have Sanskrit names, which the teacher will use –
don’t worry, you are not expected to pick it all up straight
you have difficulty with a pose the teacher will show you how to use
yoga props, such as belts and blocks, to help you achieve the postures
to the best of your ability.
all the asanas have different effects on the body, beginners start
by building up strength and stamina to improve muscular tone, flexibility
and alignment. Practising the postures helps reduce tiredness and
soothe the nerves. Yoga also trains and disciplines the mind which
can help improve concentration. It can be a great help if you suffer
the end of each class there is always a period of quiet rest and recuperation
when some very basic pranayama (breath control) techniques may be
taught. Observation and control of the breath improves vitality, quietens
the bodily functions and calms the mind. The mind becomes concentrated
and less liable to be distracted and agitated.