What is Iyengar Yoga?
I’m new to Iyengar yoga. Where do I start?
Complete beginners are advised to take a Foundation Yoga Course or attend a Level 1 class regularly. Students can then proceed to a Level 2 class after completing at least, two years of regular Level 1 classes. Those with some experience of other styles of yoga it is recommended that one should attend a Level 1, or General Level yoga class first, where teachers can then recommend which yoga classes would be suitable.
What are the benefits of Iyengar Yoga?
Yoga builds strength and stamina, improves flexibility, muscle tone and posture and calms the mind. Regular practice develops awareness and concentration and promotes general wellbeing. There are numerous documented health benefits of yoga.
How often should I come to yoga classes?
As often as you like. At least once a week is recommended. You will need to attend regularly to make progress.
Do I need my own mat?
No. All yoga equipment is provided, though some students prefer to bring their own.
What should I wear?
Wear clothes that allow you to move freely.
Avoid anything baggy or too long: it’s important you and the yoga teacher can see your knees and feet.
Most people wear shorts or leggings and a T-shirt. Yoga is always practised in bare feet.
Do I need to book in advance?
Only for Foundation Yoga Courses, Yoga Workshops or if you want to secure your place for the Four Week Block Bookings, which are usually booked one week in advance before the block commences. There’s no need to book for regular 'Drop In" yoga classes. It’s best to come at least 10 minutes before they begin.
To avoid overcrowding, we like to limit numbers. Classes are suitable for students over 16 years of age, unless stated otherwise.
Can I eat before yoga classes or drink water?
Yoga should be practiced on an empty stomach, therefore leave 3 - 4 hours after a main meal, 1 or 2 hours after a light snack. Please do not bring a water bottle into class; you will not need a drink during the class. Drinking water in a yoga class will interfere with the natural digestion process.
I’m pregnant. Can I still practise yoga?
Yes, but if you have not done any yoga before, you should wait until your 14th week and attend a specialised pregnancy yoga class which you may join at any time from the 14th up to the 28th week. Please check our website for suitable pregnancy classes. Only students with Iyengar yoga experience may stay with their normal class after the 28th week. Always make sure you inform your teacher that you are pregnant before you attend any classes.
I have an injury, a bad back, or other health problems. Can yoga help?
Many students start practising with back pain, or other common ailments, and they find yoga helps. Tell your yoga teacher about any injuries or health problems before the class starts.
If you have sight, hearing or any communication difficulties please make sure you inform your teacher before booking class
What else do I need to know?
• Leave shoes in the racks out side the studio and switch off mobile phones.
• Food, chewing gum and drinks are not allowed in the studios.
• Take all your valuables into class with you. Store your coats and bags in the corridor by the kitchen.
• Yogasarvasya Studio will not be held responsible for any lost or damaged property.
• Please keep jewellery to a minimum, and avoid wearing strong perfumes.
• Remember to tidy equipment away neatly after you, ready for the next class.
This information has been adapted from the Iyengar Yoga Institute, London
Recommended Iyengar Yoga Reference & Practice Books:
Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar,
Yoga Wisdom and Practice by BKS Iyengar,
Yoga: a Gem for Women by Geeta Iyengar,
Yoga the Path to Holistic Health by BKS Iyengar,
Light on Life by BKS Iyengar,
The Tree of Yoga by BKS Iyengar
Recommended Practice Books for Beginners, Level 1 and 2:
Yoga in Action: Preliminary Course Geeta Iyengar,
Iyengar Yoga by Judy Smith