Frequently Asked Questions
What to expect in an Iyengar Yoga class?
Classes generally start with a few moments of quiet to prepare for the practice, followed by some poses to warm up the body. Standing postures are often the main focus initially to build strength, body awareness & alignment. Classes will then incorporate either forward bends, backbends, seated poses, twists, inversions or restorative postures. This all works as preparation for relaxation & pranayama, or breathe control. All classes end with a period of relaxation.
Props, such as blocks, bricks, blankets, chairs and belts, are frequently used within Iyengar Yoga. These help assist the work in the pose or support those with less strength or flexibility.
Can anyone practise yoga?
Yoga is for everyone, men and women of all ages and ability can practice yoga. All Iyengar yoga teachers are highly trained and can provide guidance in postures where there are difficulties and can give alternative methods if appropriate.
What to wear?
Comfortable clothes should be worn to class, such as t-shirt with leggings or shorts. Yoga is practised in bare feet.
Is it ok to eat before class?
Ideally you should leave 1-2 hours after a light snack before attending class, and 3-4 hours after a main meal. There are exceptions, but where possible avoid drinking water during a class.
Information to be aware of before attending a class:
Please let me know of any injuries or health issues (for example post-operative conditions, hyperextension, heart problems, high or low blood pressure, back, neck or knee problems, menstrual disorders etc) or injuries before attending a class.