Thursday, 3 April 2014

Yoga is Yoga...right?


All yoga classes were not created equally.

Hatha, Astanga, Bikram, Vinyasa, Kundalina, Anusara, Iyengar...the list goes on.

There are phenomenal yoga teachers across the globe...and some pretty poor ones too.

According to some courses you can become a yoga teacher in 6 weeks. This troubles me. It takes years of self-practise to develop an understanding of your own body and how it responds / develops / transforms / heals, let alone being able to understand someone else’s body!

All teachers of Iyengar yoga are trained to rigorously high standards. Every Iyengar teacher has completed at least 3 years of regular classes prior to 120 hours teacher training over a period of 2 years and successfully passed a series of assessments.

You know what you are getting when you walk into an Iyengar class. Teachers are precise, they have a have a well-developed eye. They'll observe and work closely with each student to individualise corrections. They adjust everyone according to their needs, injuries and body types. So much emphasis is placed on the best possible alignment of the body, allowing the body to develop symmetrically while minimizing risk of pain or injury. This level of expertise takes years to develop.

And what then? Once you have been ‘crowned’ an official yoga that it? For other forms of yoga perhaps. However, Iyengar teachers are required to attend regular courses and training to maintain and further their professional development.

We go the extra mile.

And we do it because we are passionate about it. We believe in it. We have experienced it for ourselves and seen the transformation of others.

So, what I am trying to say (in a rather long-winded way) is that if you have tried yoga before and found it lacking...try Iyengar. You won’t be disappointed!

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