Iyengar Yoga with Jo Longhurst
Iyengar is the creation of the late BKS Iyengar who recently died at 95 still doing daily yoga! The Iyengar method is a form of Hatha Yoga with greater attention and precision paid to alignment, posture and breathing. Poses are held for a longer time to ensure that correct alignment is added to muscle memory. The use of props (uniquely initiated by BKS Iyengar) provides the ability to attain a Yoga pose with correct alignment for the beginner as well as the least flexible of student. ” This method is designed to systematically cultivate strength, flexibility, stability and awareness and can be therapeutic for specific conditions” The use of these props makes Iyengar Yoga available to all.
Iyengar Yoga is always sequenced monthly and so each week is a very different class. Typically a monthly cycle would consist of:
Week One: Standing asanas
Week Two: Hip, groin and twisting
Week Three: Back-bends energising and opening the heart centre.
Week Four: More gentle and restorative
Each class would also concentrate on inversions. For beginners this would consist of an assisted shoulder stand using the wall for support. For the more experienced regular shoulder stands, head stands, hand stands and forearm balancing and various sequences. Each class will also end with 10 minutes of deep breathing relaxation.
Iyengar yoga allows you to work around injuries or health issues. Each pose has a variety of variations that can be adjusted towards a student’s particular ability or heath issue.