Yoga Classes with Sallie
What you can expect from an Iyengar Yoga class
Iyengar Yoga is progressive – you learn to stretch and to increase your stamina in basic postures before you progress to the complicated poses.
It is precise, with an emphasis on correct, safe practice; you gain mental discipline through increased physical understanding and control. As you become familiar with the basic poses, you can expect individual correction. If you permit it, the teacher may make hands-on adjustment where needed.
You will only try difficult poses when you are ready, but you will be encouraged to extend your own capacity. Yoga helps you to feel better in your present state, but is also a process of development and transformation. Be ready for change.
As your practice develops, you can work in the basic poses in more detail, as well as learning more complicated poses. You will start with standing poses to develop better posture and to gain freedom of movement and stamina. Seated poses, forward bends and twists are introduced gradually, as is shoulder stand. Backbends and head stand come later. Classes end with guided relaxation to calm and clear the mind and spirit.
Is Iyengar Yoga for me?
If you are stiff, unfit, heavy or elderly, you may be taught to use supports or ‘props’. This allows you to progress in the postures safely at your own pace, to suit your body. Yoga is for everyone, including those in poor health. However for your safety, our introductory Iyengar teachers are not allowed or insured to teach students with some health problems. Ask in advance if you are in doubt, rather than be turned away on the day. If you are pregnant, read our article about Yoga in pregnancy.
What do I need to know before coming to a class?
- Phone to discuss any health issues before coming to your first class
- Wear comfortable clothes – tee shirt, shorts or leggings are ideal, so the teacher can see the outline of your legs
- Be prepared to work in bare feet
- Have an empty stomach for class
- Please be on time for a class
- Bring a sticky mat and a blanket, if possible.
- Don’t wear perfume or strongly scented deodorant to class