Frequently Asked Questions
Important Information for Students
Yoga is for everyone, irrespective of age, health, circumstance of life, all can practice yoga. If you have an injury or other problem that would affect your practice, please inform the teacher. Iyengar yoga teachers are trained to adapt the classical Hatha Yoga poses we practice to suit the needs of all students.
Please arrive on time. If you are a new student, please arrive 15 minutes early in order to register.
Please remember to turn your cell phone off and to avoid wearing heavy perfume or other fragrances.
We are pleased to offer yoga mats to students free of charge, however it is recommended that you bring your own personal yoga mat for hygienic reasons. Also, please bring a towel with you that can be used to cover up the props (again, for hygienic reasons).
Do not eat for at least three hours before class. Yoga should not be practiced on a full stomach.
Wear leggings, yoga pants, tights or shorts and a top that will allow the teacher to see how you are aligned. All clot
What are some of the benefits of yoga?
What is Iyengar yoga?
Iyengar Yoga is a form of alignment-based Hatha Yoga and was created by world
renowned yogi BKS Iyengar and is based on the eight-limbed path of astanga yoga. B.K.S. Iyengar (1918 to 2014) is one of the world’s leading teachers of yoga and the author of the bestselling yoga book of all time, Light on Yoga. He has taught cultural icons and world leaders as well as thousands of teachers who have taken his modernization and refinement of yoga to every corner of the world. His classic and bestselling books also include Light on Pranayama, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health. He was one of the first teachers to introduce yoga to the West, and there are now hundreds of centres around the world where Iyengar yoga is taught. B.K.S. Iyengar was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the world in 2004.
Who is suitable to practice Iyengar yoga?
Iyengar yoga is accessible to anyone. Regular practice increases suppleness, strength and stamina and improves posture and concentration. The practice is progressive, building a stable foundation before attempting more demanding work. Beginners start with standing yoga poses and are gradually introduced to a fuller range of sitting and reclining yoga postures, forward extensions, inversions, twists, backbends and arm balances.
Each group of yoga postures develops the body in different yet reciprocal ways and has different qualities: grounding, energizing, strengthening, stimulating, calming. Yoga classes at all levels devote time to relaxation.
Information about the use of props
BKS Iyengar is credited for designing and introducing props to the practice of yoga. Simple props are used to encourage optimal body alignment and to offer support so that anyone, at any level of fitness and flexibility, can practice yoga effectively and safely. Props are also used to teach specific actions of an asana. The props function as tools to develop and sharpen body awareness. Examples of props include sticky mats, blankets, wooden blocks, foam bricks, belts, wall ropes, chairs, benches, and sandbags. Props give us the address to where we want to go in the body. We use them to create awareness but we don’t rely on them to do the work for us. In a typical Iyengar class props may be used extensively or not at all as the practice of yoga is dynamic and changes every time a practitioner comes to their mat.
Do you practice meditation in Iyengar yoga?
Iyengar Yoga is meditation in action; the self is explored through discovery and release of physical tension patterns and psychological resistances. As practice continues, a student’s ability to relax and to concentrate generally improves markedly, and his or her inner awareness is enhanced.
What are the qualifications of an Iyengar yoga teacher?
To become and Iyengar yoga teacher, you must have two years of regular study with a certified Iyengar yoga teacher prior to applying for teacher training. The teacher training program requires at least three years of weekly study with certified Iyengar Yoga teachers and a well-established, regular personal practice. Regular attendance at intermediate/advanced classes is also required in the spirit of continuous learning with senior teachers. Once certified, teachers must continue training regularly and complete professional development training each year to maintain their membership with the Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada (IYAC). These high teaching standards are part of the reason Iyengar Yoga is the most widely performed method of Yoga worldwide. Our certification mark is the guarantee of this quality.
Arrive at least 10 minutes before the class starts
Allow additional time if it is your first class
Turn off all electronic devices
This means anything that rings, dings or buzzes
Do not wear perfume to class
It can bother other students
Advise instructor of any injuries or health issues
I can suggest alternatives moves for you if required
Avoid eating 1 hour before class
A heavy meal can make you feel uncomfortable
Don't place your mat directly in front of someone
Ensure everyone has sight lines to the instructor