Iyengar Yoga Student FAQ*
What is Iyengar Yoga?
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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.
After completing at least, two years of regular Level 1 classes students can then proceed to a Level 2 class .
For students with some experience of other styles of yoga it is usually recommended that they should attend a
Level 1, or General Level yoga class before proceeding to a yoga class more suitable to their level of experience.
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 and consider a home practice to make good progress.
Do I need my own mat?
Students often prefer to bring their own, but please ask if there are any mats or any yoga equipment available for use at the studio.
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?
Yes, please make sure there is a space available for you when booking your place at the studio.
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 should 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 the 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. Please advise 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 outside the studio and switch off mobile phones.
• Food, chewing gum and drinks are not allowed in the studios.
• You may take your valuables into class with you.
• Please keep jewellery to a minimum, and avoid wearing strong perfumes.
• The studio will not be held responsible for any lost or damaged property.
Yoga equipment to bring with you (if not already available at the studio):
Level 1: A yoga mat
Level 2: 2 yoga bricks, a yoga belt and a yoga mat
General Level: 2 yoga bricks, a yoga belt and a yoga mat
Level 3: 2 yoga bricks, a yoga belt, 4 yoga blocks and a yoga mat
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’ by Geeta Iyengar
‘Iyengar Yoga’ by Judy Smith
Recommended Practice Books for Level 2 and 3:
‘Yoga in Action: Intermediate Course 1’ by Geeta Iyengar
‘Light on Yoga’ by BKS Iyengar,
‘Light on Pranayama’ by B.K.S. Iyengar
(*Most of this information has been adapted from the Iyengar Yoga Maida Vale, London)
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