What is the course about?
Deepen your existing yoga practise and increase your flexibility, stamina and body awareness through the study and practice of Yoga Asanas, Pranayama and relaxation. Practise basic Asanas in more detail, and learn more challenging new ones using a variety of yoga equipment, including the new 'feet up' support for upside-down poses.
What will we cover?
- Yoga postures in detail
- Introduction to progressive Asanas including a variety of inversions
- Relaxation and visualisation
- Chanting (optional).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Follow the teacher's instructions and demonstrations correctly
- Perform a great variety of Asanas correctly and independently
- Demonstrate basic Iyengar style alignment in your postures
- Choose Iyengar props (including the new 'feet-up') independently to improve your postures
- Practise headstand or shoulder stand or a suitable alternative with guidance and possible support
- Obtain improved flexibility, strength, stamina and peace of mind
- Perform a Pranayama technique, like Kaplabhati or Nadi Shodshana.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students should have attended a yoga course for at least two years, and have the flexibility and stamina to practise at intermediate level. You will need to be able to follow verbal instructions, observe and copy physical movements and use spatial awareness within a group.
If you have suffered from any of the conditions listed below, please check with a GP whether it is suitable for you to undertake an exercise programme and bring a referral letter from your GP to your tutor. If you have not checked, or if it is not suitable, please do not participate in an exercise or movement class.
- Do you ever have pains in your chest?
- Have you had any operations or injuries in the last year?
- Do you often feel faint or have spells of dizziness?
- Are you receiving medication for any condition?
- Do you have high blood pressure?
- Is there anything else we should know about your health?
- Do you have a bone or joint problem, such as arthritis, osteoporosis, back or knee problems?
It is inadvisable for students suffering from certain medical conditions to attend an ordinary yoga class. This does not mean that they should not do yoga, but they may need individual attention or a special programme of asanas (postures). These conditions include: hypertension (high blood pressure); conditions associated with heart disease, cancer or benign tumours; epilepsy including Petit Mal; diabetes; Menieres disease; detached retina; MS (Multiple Sclerosis); ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis); recent post-operative conditions; new students who are pregnant. Advice can be sought from the Department Office for those who have concerns about the suitability of the class for them.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
- Demonstration and practice
- Iyengar teaching methods
- Physical adjustment (optional)
- Pair and small group work (optional)
- Workshop style: experiential.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Iyengar yoga equipment is provided. Books and information on yoga can be recommended.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
- Progress to an advanced course
- After three years of regular practice and class attendance, progression to a recognised Iyengar Teacher training course.