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Yoga (Iyengar)


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Try Iyengar Yoga!

Yoga practice both relaxes and energizes the body and mind and brings vitality, flexibility, strength, concentration, self-confidence and mental calm. Yoga is suitable for all types of people and all levels of fitness provided you attend an appropriate class with a well-qualified teacher.
Practising Yoga helps you overcome and prevent many stresses, strains, aches and pains. It promotes a firm foundation for health and well-being.

Yoga is definitely something to be experienced rather than just read about. If you would like to try Iyengar Yoga, log onto  to find a convenient class near to you which is suitable for beginners - it might say 'Beginners' or 'General' (all levels) or 'Foundation'. Contact the teacher to see if there is room in the class. Should the class be billed as 'Intermediate', this means students should have attended Iyengar classes for a minimum of 3 years and usually more than 5 years.  It costs anything between £4-8 for 1-2hrs and you'll find many leisure centres offer yoga classes on a weekly basis. 

Once you start attending classes, find out from the teacher what to bring in the way of equipment/props - don't go purchasing lots of things before you know what you may need. One of your first purchases will probably be a non-slip yoga mat. Teachers will advise you on the best type of equipment and where to get it. Most teachers have some belts and blocks for class use, so you can see how to use them. Wear several layers of clothing in which you can move easily and you will need to practice yoga in bare feet.

Unlike some yoga classes where students are encouraged to independently "find their way" to the asanas by imitating the teacher, an Iyengar Yoga class is highly verbal and precise, with misalignments and errors actively corrected. The teachers are highly trained having had to complete 2-5 years of rigorous training and that will be after several years of initial regular attendance at Iyengar Yoga classes before beginning their teacher training.  Certificated Iyengar Yoga teachers are required to constantly update and improve their knowledge and skills base and higher levels of certification may take a decade or more to achieve.

Yoga over recent years has shaken its image of being an activity just for women and many sports stars use Yoga as part of their training regime and more importantly as a form of injury prevention. If Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane and the rest of Manchester United do it and see the benefits then maybe you should have a go!

Go on try a class - it could be one of your best moves yet! 

Preparing for a Class

What to wear - loose, comfortable clothing e.g. shorts, t-shirt, jogging bottoms
Food - It is suggested that food not be taken within 2/3 hours prior to class. Something light one hour before is acceptable.

Illness/Injury - Advise the teacher before class if you have any significant health problems. 

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