What can I expect at a class?
Classes generally start with a few moments of quiet to prepare for the practice. Preliminary postures to mobilise and warm up the body will follow. Standing postures are often the main focus initially to build strength, body awareness & alignment. The class will then incorporate either forward bends, backbends, seated poses, twists, inversions or restorative postures, to prepare the student for relaxation & pranayama, or breathe control.
Props, such as blocks, bricks, blankets, chairs and belts, are used to help those with less strength or flexibility to work correctly.
Can anyone practise yoga?
Yes – men and women of all ages and fitness can practice yoga. Iyengar yoga teachers are trained to teach various abilities, providing guidance in postures where there are difficulties and giving alternative methods if appropriate.
What should I wear?
Comfortable clothes should be worn to class, such as t-shirt with leggings or shorts. Yoga is practised in bare feet.
What should I bring?
You should bring your own sticky yoga mat and a blanket, and if possible 4 foam blocks, 2 cork/wood bricks and a belt. Equipment is available to buy online from Yoga Matters or ask Claire. A limited amount of spare equipment is available at class.
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. You should avoid drinking water during a class.
Is there anything else I should know before I attend a class?
Please let me know of any medical conditions (for example post-operative conditions, hyperextension, heart problems, high or low blood pressure, back, neck or knee problems, menstrual disorders etc) or injuries before you start a class, or if anything has changed since attending your last class
If you are menstruating or pregnant certain postures are not suitable, so please let me know.