Beginning Iyengar Yoga

Everyone can do Iyengar Yoga. Regardless of age or level of fitness, Iyengar Yoga can help increase your flexibility, build strength, and manage stress. In an Iyengar Yoga class, you will learn the foundations of this approach, and begin to experience the benefits of yoga from the first class.

Don't just practise what you already know. Find out what actions are missing in your practice.

— Abhijata Iyengar

Yoga for beginners

An Iyengar Yoga class for beginners is a great place to start if you are new to yoga. Classes are carefully designed for new students and aimed at helping you build strength, stability and stamina over time. If you are pregnant and have no yoga experience, we highly recommend you make contact with an experienced Iyengar Yoga teacher to discuss the best option for you.

What to expect in class

Iyengar Yoga classes generally run for 60-90 minutes in a group setting. Students begin yoga at varying ages, capabilities and levels of fitness, and the size of each class varies. In an Iyengar Yoga class for beginners you can expect to learn the art, science and philosophy of yoga from the ground up. In most classes you will practice a series of standing and sitting poses, so you can start to learn the structure of asanas and develop some of the skills necessary for more advanced poses.

An Iyengar Yoga class for beginners may challenge you physically and mentally, but the rewards are vast. Many people find that the more they practice yoga, the more it helps them and, as a result, the more they want to practice. However, if you do come up against any obstacles or difficulties, you will be encouraged to communicate these with your teacher to find the best approach for you.

Preparing for a class

Most Iyengar Yoga schools provide their own mats and all provide props, so often you just need to bring yourself. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you prepare for your first class:

  • Wear comfortable clothing.
  • Iyengar Yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach – no more than a small snack an hour before class is advised.
  • If you are pregnant or menstruating, or dealing with an injury or medical condition, arrive a few minutes early to class to check in with your teacher.

Understanding Iyengar Yoga

Progressing in Iyengar Yoga is a steady and gradual process. When starting out along the path of yoga, it is important to be kind to yourself and have reasonable expectations. That way, you will be able to develop and build your practice, and reap long term benefits from yoga. When you practice yoga in the Iyengar method, you become part of a community of people who share a passion for the practice and philosophy of yoga, so don’t hesitate to contact us, or a certified teacher, to find out more about Iyengar Yoga.

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