"Yoga allows you to rediscover a sense of wholeness in your life, where you do not feel like you are constantly trying to fit broken pieces together.”
- B.K.S. Iyengar
Just Yoga welcomes new students of all ages and abilities, whatever your previous experience. You don’t have to be able to touch your toes or do the splits. Yoga is non-competitive but it is physically challenging as you are taught to explore and extend the capacity of your body. Our yoga classes will help you develop your body’s capabilities and integrate them with a calm and focussed mind.
The Iyengar yoga method has a step-by-step approach for introducing new students to the postures so you develop control and learn the correct movements. Our teachers have many years of experience teaching beginners using simple, clear instructions and demonstrations. Yoga starts on the mat, but it has profound effects on wellbeing and practised regularly can even slow the ageing process.
Attending Classes at Just Yoga
Please try to arrive 10 minutes before the start of your first class. If you are new to Iyengar yoga it is best to attend an introductory course or beginners class to gain a basic knowledge.
What to Expect
You will be introduced to the basic asanas (postures), which include standing, sitting and recuperative poses. All the asanas have Sanskrit names. The teacher will show you how to use yoga props such as belts and blocks to help you achieve the postures to the best of your ability.
The asanas have different effects on the body and mind. The basic postures build strength and stamina, improve muscular tone, flexibility and alignment. Practising them will reduce tiredness and soothe the nerves. It also trains and disciplines the mind so concentration is improved
What to Wear
Non-restrictive comfortable clothing, T-shirt and leggings or shorts. Yoga is practiced with bare feet.
Just Yoga is fully equipped with mats, blankets, blocks, bricks, belts, bolsters etc. There is no need to purchase anything. However if you prefer to bring your own mat, you are welcome to do so.
We strongly advise that if you have any health condition which may affect your participation in a class that you check with your doctor before attending. Please discuss any medical condition with us before the start of the class.
Food & Drink
Yoga is practised on an empty stomach, leave 3-4 hours after a main meal and 1-2 after a snack. You will not need to drink during the class.
Guruji - Yogacharya BKS Iyengar 1918-2014
BKS Iyengar devoted himself to the intense and unwavering study and practice of yoga. His commitment and dedication as a teacher brought the fruits of his work and yoga to a community worldwide, we as students refer to it as Iyengar yoga he called it just "yoga".
"My ending should be your beginning"
B.K.S. Iyengar has evolved precise asana (posture) and pranayama(breathing) techniques with a firm philosophical base in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. He pioneered the use of supports called 'props' to assist with achieving the most effective posture for each individual. Although purpose made yoga props are available, many everyday things can be used - eg. a chair, blanket, wall, table or simply a book can all be used. He personally developed specific asana sequences to help with a wide range of health problems, whether physical or mental.
Mr Iyengar is responsible for many authoritative texts, 'Light on Yoga', 'Light on Pranayama', 'Light on Life', to list a few. For more information:
Yoga was traditionally only taught by a guru to a select few pupils but Iyengar firmly believed yoga was for everyone and pioneered yoga teaching for all. To spread the teaching of yoga he created a safe and structured approach to the teaching of yoga asana which has since been established in approximately 40 countries worldwide.
Iyengar Yoga Teachers
Only certified teachers teach genuine Iyengar yoga. All of ours hold the Iyengar Yoga Teachers Certification Mark, a sign of excellence, clarity and depth of understanding. To use this logo, they have to be properly trained and maintain their development.
Yoga was traditionally only taught by a guru to a select few pupils but Iyengar firmly believed yoga was for everyone and pioneered yoga teaching for all. To spread the teaching of yoga he created a safe and structured approach to the teaching of yoga asana which has since been established in approximately 40 countries worldwide. The Iyengar system is methodical and progressive, renowned for precision and attention to detail, using props where necessary, to achieve properly aligned and extended poses. Alignment is not only essential to avoid injury but also to bring about improvement.
The practice of yoga is systematic and sequence is important. The Yoga asanas (postures) are introduced in a specific order to bring awareness of one's own body. Arms and legs, fingers and toes, elbows and knees, together with their movement, stability, flexibility and firmness. Moving from the muscular skeletal body inward to the organic body. Familiar actions learnt from the standing asanas are linked to the more challenging/advanced asanas. The length of time the asanas are held is gradually increased for maximum benefit, dependent on a student's capacity and understanding.
The benefits of practising Iyengar yoga include:
good health and sense of wellbeing
strength and stamina
mobility and flexibility
posture and sense of balance
vitality and self-confidence
ability to deal with stress
pain reduction, e.g. back pain
better sleep (now known to reduce the risk of Alzheimers)