I emerge from the class re-energised and totally relaxed. It is truly incredible how something so soothing as yoga can tone and strengthen your body, especially in places most other forms of exercise neglect!
Julia, Marketing Manager
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- Arrive 5-10 minutes before the class start time
- Ensure your mobile telephone is switched off
- Remove your shoes before you enter the room
- Advise the teacher if there are any changes in your health
- Avoid strong smelling perfumes or aftershave
- Treat / cover any foot conditions or infection
- Return any equipment at the end of the class
What is Yoga?
Yoga is a system of Indian philosophy dating back to between 500 and 200 BC. The word ‘yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘Yuj’ meaning to bind, attach or join. Yoga is the union of the mind, body and soul and a way of developing harmony. It is also the union of the individual consciousness with the universal consciousness. The physical postures, known as ‘asanas’ are one of eight stages of yoga…
More about the eight stages of yoga
What is ‘Iyengar Yoga’?
Iyengar yoga was developed by yoga master BKS Iyengar. This method places great emphasis on precision, alignment and safe working. Regular practice builds strength, flexibility, stamina and balance. The carefully graded and progressive system enables students to work at the appropriate level, from complete beginners through to advanced practitioners, so that you can enjoy the maximum benefit of Iyengar Yoga.
More about Iyengar Yoga http://www.iyengaryoga.org.uk
What are the qualifications and codes of practice for Iyengar Yoga teachers?
Iyengar Yoga teachers have all practised yoga for several years and will have undergone rigorous assessed teacher training. Iyengar yoga teachers are bound by the Iyengar Yoga Association Code of Practice and are committed to the Iyengar method: this means that they do not ‘mix methods’ from other disciplines or activities. Iyengar Yoga teachers must attend regular classes and workshops for continuing professional development and specialised training, as well as maintaining their own personal yoga practise.
How can Iyengar Yoga help me?
Different types of asanas (postures) have different effects on the body and mind. For example, the basic standing poses build strength and stamina whilst improving posture, alignment and flexibility. Yoga also trains and disciplines the mind, so concentration is improved. Yoga soothes the nerves and refreshes the mind and body – students often report sleeping better and having an enhanced sense of well-being.
What happens during an Iyengar Yoga class?
Classes focus on learning the physical postures, the asanas. You will be introduced to the basic asanas, which will include standing, sitting and resting poses. All the asanas have Sanskrit names. You will be shown how to use ‘props’, such as belts and blocks, so that you are comfortable and able to work to the best of your ability. Classes always end with a 5-10 minute period of guided relaxation in Savasana, ‘corpse pose’.
Will it hurt?
Any discomfort, usually due to stiffness, should be temporary. Stop if there is pain and tell the teacher who will offer adjustments or alternatives.
Where are the classes?
There are various venues and class sizes to choose from. Please go to Classes for more information
How much do the classes cost?
Trumpington Pavilion class fees are £12 per class when paid in advance for the course. The drop-in fee is £15 for visitors or occasional students. Two hour workshops are £20. Other fees vary according to venue, class duration and number of students. Concessionary rates are available for those genuinely unable to afford the full fee.
Please go to Classes for more information
What shall I wear?
Most people wear close-fitting leggings or shorts. It is important that your feet and ankles are visible so that the teacher can check alignment and correct working, so please avoid wearing long baggy trousers. You can get quite warm then cool down quickly so best to wear non-restrictive layers. Yoga is done in bare feet.
The Links page can direct you to some recommended suppliers for Yoga clothing.
Do I need to bring my own mat?
Yes please bring your own mat to class. If you don’t have one and need advice before you buy one please get in touch with Diane. All other equipment will be provided.
Can I eat before class?
Please come with an empty stomach to avoid nausea or discomfort, so leave 3-4 hours after a meal or 1-2 hours after a snack.
Do I have to breathe in a certain way?
No, breathing should be normal inhalation and exhalation through the nose. Try not to hold the breath or concentrate on the breath.
I might be late is it still okay to come into the class?
Please make every effort to arrive 5-10 minutes before the class start time. This is important, not only to avoid disturbing your fellow students and the teacher, but to ensure that you are physically and mentally prepared for the class.
If however you are unavoidably late, please do not enter the room during the first part of the class (when everyone is sitting quietly with their eyes closed): wait until everyone has opened their eyes and started to move, then come in quietly.
Why are some poses avoided during menstruation?
Inversions, along with some other asanas, are contra-indicated during menstruation. Please inform the teacher at the beginning of the class if you have your period and you will be shown alternatives. If you prefer, simply tell the teacher ‘I’m not going upside-down today’. For more information please read the attached publication by Dr. Geeta S Iyengar, ‘The practise of women during the whole month.’ This publication includes photographs of asanas that are recommended during menstruation, such as supine asanas and forward extensions.
I have recently been ill / had a injury can I come to class?
Please bring a copy of the health screen form with you to your first class. If you don’t have a printer you can pick up a copy at the class. Please advise the teacher if there are any subsequent changes in your health. If you are suffering from any minor ailment (such as a sprain or a headache), or if you are feeling more tired than usual, you should inform the teacher at the beginning of the class.
I‘m pregnant, can I still come?
Existing students who have been practising Iyengar yoga for some time are usually able to continue regular classes. If there is any possibility that you might be pregnant please advise the teacher at the beginning of the class. Pregnant women who have never practised Iyengar yoga are advised to wait until after they have given birth before starting classes.
Are children allowed to come to the classes?
Yes. Diane is qualified and insured to teach children and children are very welcome to join the beginner/general level classes. Please note that children and young people under the age of 16 may only attend these classes with a parent or guardian who is also participating. A Health Screen form is required, signed by the parent or guardian on the child’s behalf.