Welcome to your journey to physical, physiological, psychological and spiritual health! Iyengar yoga invites practitioners of any age, fitness level and body type to access an ancient tradition with a contemporary, intelligent and personalized approach.
The practice helps you take your awareness into areas of the body and revitalize them. We use a specific method of sequencing and accessing the postures that balance the body and mind and develops focus, insight, vitality and deep relaxation. Iyengar yoga helps you develop muscular tone, flexibility, alignment, stamina and precision in action. Concentration is improved as the practice trains and disciplines the mind. Iyengar yoga is often called ‘meditation-in-action’. Regular practice reduces tiredness and soothes the nerves.
Deepen your understanding of how your body works, your strengths and your limitations. You will learn progressively and have access to props and variations so the practice meets you, wherever you’re at. We welcome beginners, experienced practitioners and students of other yoga traditions. Consider your interests and goals and let us know if you’re working with any injuries, limitations and health concerns.
Get started! Try a class or contact us. We will help you choose the right class and map your journey.
I’m new. What should I expect?
In each class you’ll be guided through a sequence of postures, learning to stretch, strengthen and balance, with attention and awareness. You’ll be introduced to standing poses, seated poses, inversions, back bends, and breathing exercises. The teacher will give instructions, demonstrations and adjustments to deepen your understanding of the pose, the practice and yourself. Classes are a combination of shared practice and learning. No two classes are the same. The variation in the content of the class is based on the level and condition of the students, the time of day, the season and many other factors.
Do I need to be flexible to practice Iyengar yoga? What if I have an injury, limitations or a health concern?
You don’t have to be flexible to practice Iyengar yoga. The prerequisites for practice are sincerity and an open mind. Iyengar yoga has many recuperative, therapeutic and rehabilitative effects and applications. Consult with us for further details about how Iyengar yoga can meet your needs.
Why are props used in Iyengar yoga?
Props can be used to create optimal body alignment, make poses or actions accessible to those with physical limitations, help you hold the poses longer, make the poses safe, highlight a particular aspect of a pose and your understanding, enhance the recuperative effects, increase sensitivity and find the balance of effort and relaxation. Props include sticky mats, blankets, belts, blocks, chairs, benches, wall ropes, sandbags, dowels, slant boards, trestles and other objects that help students experience the practice more effectively.
How many times a week should I attend classes?
You will notice benefits attending once per week and we recommend attending 2-3 times per week or more for learning and steady progression, particularly at the beginning of your journey. Home practice is also encouraged, even for a few minutes daily, to integrate learning, for self-study and to amplify the benefits of in-class practice. New students may take some time to develop a home practice and we offer tools to assist you with this. Ask us and check out our resources page for home practice information.
What should I wear? What should I bring?
We recommend wearing shorts or leggings and a t-shirt. Some students like to bring an extra layer to wear at the beginning and end of class. Clothing should be freshly laundered, modest and comfortable. You can bring a yoga mat or borrow one from the Centre. All props are provided. Please keep all personal belongings including cell phones and water bottles outside of the classroom. Please put your cell phone on silent or leave at home or in your car.
How early should I come for my first class? How should I prepare for practice?
Arrive 10-15 minutes early to meet the teacher, fill out a student information form and get acquainted with the Centre. Set up your mat and props in the studio and settle in a few minutes early to create a quiet, inward focus. Come to class on an empty stomach. Avoid drinking water or chewing gum during class. Come to class with clean hands and feet. Tie hair back and tuck in your t-shirt. Don’t wear any strong scents or perfumes to class.
What are the invocations and why are they chanted at the beginning of class?
Class begins with a few minutes of sitting quietly followed by chanting three aums and the invocation to Patanjali, sometimes followed by other invocations. The invocations help create an inner atmosphere of receptivity. Through the invocations we offer thanks to our teachers, for our lineage and for the opportunity for practice together.
What if I arrive late?
Please wait until the invocations are finished before coming in. Come in quietly, gather your props and join the class.
What if I miss a class I'm registered for?
We offer make-up classes which are to be completed within the session. Late registrations are available as well.