This style of yoga was developed by B.K.S. Iyengar in the 20th century, and is based on the Eight Limbs of Yoga as laid out in the "Yoga Sutras of Patanjali." The practice strongly emphasizes precise body alignment and the use of props, such as belts and blocks, to enhance and modify the postures.
Iyengar yoga focused on finding the proper alignment in each pose and using props such as blocks, blankets, straps, chairs and bolsters to do so.
Our Beginner Series, formerly the Therapy Series, was designed at IndeaYoga for complete beginners as well as people with health challenges. The Arogya approach was developed to improve aspects of health and fitness in the practitioners. The asanas and practices allow the individual to transition into the next stage of practice, the Abhyasa.
“It is only when the correct practice is followed for a long time, without interruptions and with a quality of positive attitude and eagerness, that one can succeed.” – Patanjali At IndeaYoga, the Foundation Sequence is the prescribed practice. The Sequence is developed by the Yogacharya after years of observation and study, backed by his extensive teaching experience. The practice makes one healthy and strong and is developed to bring about a balance between the ida and pingala (heat and cold) in the pranic body.
Yoga is essentially a spiritual discipline based on an extremely subtle science which focuses on bringing harmony between mind and body. It is an art and science for healthy living. The word "Yoga" is derivedfrom the Sanskrit root yuj meaning "to join", "to yoke" or "to unite". According to Yogic scriptures, the practice of Yoga leads to the union of individual consciousness with universal consciousness. According to modern scientists, everything in the universe is just a manifestation of the same quantum firmament. One who experiences this oneness of existence is said to be "in Yoga" and is termed as a yogi who has attained a state of freedom, referred to as mukti, nirvana, kaivalya or moksha.
The science of Yoga has its origin thousands of years ago, long before the first religion or belief systems were born. According to Yogic lore, Shiva has seen as the first yogi or adiyogi and the first guru or adiguru. Several thousand years ago, on the banks of lake Kantisarovar in the Himalayas, adiyogi poured his profound knowledge into the legendary saptarishis or "seven sages". These sages carried this powerful Yogic science to different parts of the world including Asia, the Middle East, northern Africa and South America. Interestingly, modern scholars have noted and marvelled at the close parallels found between ancient cultures across the globe. However, it was in India that the Yogic system found its fullest expression. Agastya, the saptarishi who travelled across the Indian subcontinent, crafted this culture around a core Yogic way of life.
If you are starting yoga from scratch, you may want to join a six week foundation course, although many people new to yoga go straight into one of the beginners classes. We offer a number of these spread throughout the week. New beginners classes offer a half-way house. General classes (the next level up from beginners) are also held on most days of the week. There are three Intermediate classes each week for the most experienced and committed students.
Our teenage class is for students aged 13 to 18 and is taught in term time, and the Sunday restorative/pranayama class is held twice monthly on dates publicised on the website.
Two therapy classes each week cater for students who need a tailored approach and individual attention to address more serious injuries or conditions. These sessions are designed to help students back into regular classes as soon as possible, rather than as a long-term alternative. Places are limited and students are assessed for suitability before joining the classes. The post therapy class offers a half-way house for people returning to regular classes after therapy or who prefer the slower approach this class offers.
A six week course in yoga basics The Foundation course introduces students to the fundamentals of Iyengar yoga and some key principles and poses.
For students new to yoga or who have not attended classes regularly. As a rule of thumb, beginners are students with less than two years’ experience of Iyengar yoga. Beginners classes introduce students to the basic poses including inversions (shoulder stand and head stand). They are suitable for people who have not been attending Iyengar classes for very long or regularly (including people new to yoga), and also those who have done more yoga but like the level and pace of teaching.
Suitable for students who have attended beginners classes regularly for at least two years. General classes assume firm understanding of basic poses which are taught in more depth and detail. Poses are introduced that build on these.
Suitable for experienced students. Intermediate classes are aimed at experienced students, usually with some level of home practice. Poses are more demanding and instructions assume a certain maturity of understanding. Headstand and shoulder balance are held for for longer and more variations are taught.
To help people with specific health conditions or problems do poses. These classes offer more individual attention for people who need extra support to work in poses. There may be more than one teacher present. Please note that most people with health conditions or impairments do well in standard classes working like all other students to their own capacity under the guidance of their teacher. If you have a health condition or specific problem and are considering starting yoga classes, please consult your doctor first.