I'm always training and practising to continually improve the classes
My studio is based by the sea in beautiful Kinvara - I totally adore my village and village life.
Being an Iyengar Yogi means I love props - especially ropes - which I use in a lot of classes to help people to do poses that would otherwise be impossible - plus they are just great craic.
Ah thats more like it - there's nothing nicer than a Supta Virasana on a bolster in the studio - peace at last! The bolster allows the chest to open and facilitates a deeper relaxation - all my students love when I say " Get a Bolster"
Yoga has really changed so much from its Indian roots in the Himalayas to the modern contemporary yogis of today - hot yoga, vinyasa, power yoga, yin yoga, ashtanga yoga - its a minefield especially for beginners. Allow me to simplify it all for you -
1. All physical yoga is Hatha Yoga
2. Styles are either fast moving e.g. Ashtanga and Vinyasa or slow moving such as Iyengar and Yin
3. The photo on the above is of BKS Iyengar - he was a really great man and a complete rebel. He was the first Indian Yogi to produce a book of photos of himself doing yoga poses - Light on Yoga - highly recommended. It was before the digital age over 10,000 photos were taken.
He also quite quickly realised that the average western body is not the same as the average Indian body - he invented props to assist the stiff westerners to achieve comfort and avoid injury and receive benefit from the poses. Super for people with scoliosis, arthritis, ms, knee/hip replacements and high blood pressure
So all people who go to an Iyengar class can be assisted or modified in some way to achieve the pose being taught. Its not just for bendy Wendy's - although bendy wendy also loves Iyengar Yoga.