What is Iyengar yoga?
The search for expanded awareness in Iyengar yoga begins with an intense exploration of the physical body in every yoga posture. The emphasis on awareness and alignment in Iyengar yoga teaches the student to ‘bring the mind in’ so that the consciousness slows and clarity and focus can develop. Iyengar yoga is not only physically demanding, it also demands that the mind and awareness be present. This, over time, develops perspective, wisdom and reason. Iyengar yoga is a physical path that leads to the discovery of the limitless potential of mind and soul. Iyengar yoga can help us to find our full potential in life in whatever field we choose.
The Method of Iyengar yoga
Iyengar yoga demands rigorous attention to the body in order to perfect the alignment of each pose. This attention allows us to slough off the agitated and distracted mind and develop concentration and clarity. This leads to a manageable and peaceful mind. The authentic path of Iyengar yoga is a complete path leading to physical, emotional, mental and spiritual transformation.
Iyengar yoga is a progressive approach building the poses from class to class in an accessible way for each student starting with the simple poses and working towards the more complex.
We offer yoga classes at our Adelaide Coast Yoga centre for all abilities, from beginners to advanced level. The skillful sequencing builds stamina, strength and flexibility. Each class is sequenced for an entire body and mind workout.
In an Iyengar yoga class the teachers use various teaching methods engaging the different ways that we learn:
- Teachers use precise language so that students understand how to do the poses.
- Teachers will demonstrate the poses for students who learn from visual cues.
- Teachers are trained to adjust students so that they may learn from sensory cues.
- Teachers are deeply embedded in their own daily practice and therefore teach through direct knowledge. Iyengar yoga is a system of direct lineage where understanding comes directly from practice.
Iyengar yoga uses props such as blankets and blocks to help find alignment in the yoga poses.
Iyengar yoga is a rigorous practice designed for the able bodied however BKS Iyengar was renowned for his therapeutic approach which makes Iyengar yoga accessible to those with injuries or illness.
Coast Yoga’s Iyengar classes support each individual student in the class. The teacher is trained to see what support you may need to reach your potential in the class.
Progress in yoga requires regularity and commitment.
“Yoga allows you to find a new kind of freedom that you may not have known even existed.” ― B.K.S. Iyengar
We aim to adhere to a number of core principles
- The first is to offer Yoga for the whole community and to that end we provide a variety of classes including back care courses, all levels for adults, easy pace class which is more focussed on stretching and also classes for the childbearing year.
- The second is that each and every student is valued and we endeavor to find the optimum class for each of you.
- The third principle is to offer yoga as a holistic path. The foundation of the physical practice is based in the Iyengar method. Principle teachers at Coast Yoga are accredited or have been accredited in this system which is based on the teachings of BKS Iyengar, one of the most prominent teachers of our time. This method is dynamic and focuses on the precision and alignment of the classical yoga asanas. This practice promotes strength and flexibility and teaches a profound internal focus. The method is enhanced at CYC by the practice of breathing techniques and the influence of Buddhist principles and teachings such as the practice of mindfulness which emphasises being present in the joy of each moment, and developing the heart and mind through meditation.
Yoga is an approach to life that values balance and harmony. It generates physical health through postures and breath. It affects emotional and mental wellbeing through concentration, movement and relaxation, and it expands spiritual awareness through study of classical teachings, self-inquiry and meditation.
The most popular form of yoga today is primarily body movements, known as postures or asanas. They strengthen and invigorate the body, helping all physical systems to work properly. These include the skeletal and muscular structures as well as the circulation, respiratory, glandular and nervous systems. The postures are performed with awareness, focusing on the breath and the internal experience.
Yoga is a remarkably effective practice on its own or can be part of other physical training such as aerobics, weight training, running, swimming or other sports.
Why is yoga so good for you?
Yoga practitioners praise yoga for its many benefits.
- Increased flexibility and stamina
- Relief from some chronic conditions
- improved vitality and wellbeing
- Release from tension and emotional blocks
- Enhanced body tone
- ease of movement and breath
- Improved sleep and ability to relax
Many practitioners of yoga report relief from symptoms of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, arthritis, panic attacks, depression, stress and menopause.
Regular practice of yoga also enhances clarity of mind. The postures and breathing movements help the body naturally relax and find it own rhythms. As muscle tension and strain are released, the mind becomes quiet and open to meditation. At the end of class, participants say they feel energised, refreshed and better able to meet with the challenges of everyday life