What is yoga?
The word “yoga” means to unite, join or yoke. Traditionally this implies that by practicing yoga your mind, body, emotions, intellect and spirit are integrated, bringing you a sense of well-being and mental/emotional clarity.
How is Iyengar Yoga different from other types of yoga?
Yoga in the Iyengar style emphasizes standing poses in the beginning, which build strength and flexibility, coordination and balance. Students are also introduced to restorative, relaxing poses from the beginning to promote relaxation and calm the nerves. Gradually, seated poses, twists, inversions, and forward and back extensions are introduced as one’s yoga practice progresses.
Students can build strength where they are weak, and nurture flexibility so they don’t rely only on more flexible areas of their body. This attention in the poses also engages the students’ intellect, so students gain increasing awareness of how they move, work and relax.
Do you need to be flexible to do yoga?
No! Everyone comes to class with different levels of strength and flexibility. The classes are taught in an individualized manner so that you can approach the poses based on your body’s needs.
Are you ever too old to begin yoga?
Absolutely not! You can begin yoga at any time and feel the benefits. Everyone starts at their own level. The classes are non-competitive and we encourage you to do what is the best for your physical ability.
What if you can’t do some poses because of physical limitations or injuries?
Injuries or physical limitations should not stop you from having a yoga practice (you should consult your doctor, of course). Yoga is a vast topic with thousands of poses that have benefits for all of us. Be sure to let your instructor know of any physical limitations so that she/he can determine what poses would be best for you.
What are yoga props and why use them?
Props include sticky mats, blankets, belts, blocks, chairs, benches, wall ropes, sandbags, and more. We use them to bring stability and/or focus to a particular aspect of the yoga pose (asana) so that you as the student can access the benefits of the yoga more profoundly. We don’t always use them, but they are often an essential part of the practice.