Some questions and answers about yoga

What is the difference between Iyengar Yoga and other forms of yoga?
Students who have studied other forms of yoga and then tried Iyengar Yoga state that there is more emphasis on alignment in the asanas (postures) in Iyengar yoga. Students are helped to achieve correct alignment with the use of props when needed.

Do I have to book a whole course?
For beginners it is advisable to book a short course, these courses vary between 4 and 6 weeks and will give you a good idea of whether or not Iyengar yoga is for you. For more experienced students you can make arrangements with the teacher to drop in to a class if it is not fully booked.

Can I eat before class?
Do not eat immediately before class. If attending a morning class it is recommended to have an early breakfast. Generally allow 2 hours after eating a light meal (4 hours after a heavy meal) before attending class. Do not bring bottles of water into class.

Do I need to be fit and flexible to practise yoga ?
No, yoga is for everyone, whether you are flexible or not, but do remember to inform your teacher if you have any medical problems or injuries before enrolling for a class.

Isn't yoga only for women?
Definitely not. Anyone can benefit from practicing yoga and indeed many sportsmen and women use it as part of their training routine.

What should I wear?
Wear loose fitting comfortable clothes, shorts or leggings and a t-shirt. Remember you will be working in bare feet.

Do I need to bring any yoga equipment?
Yoga equipment is provided but if you have your own mat please bring it together with a firm blanket.

What will we do in the beginners classes?
You will be taught basic standing, sitting and supine asanas (postures). Props such as blocks, belts and blankets will be used where appropriate to enable you to achieve the correct pose.

Please inform the teacher BEFORE the class if you have any medical problems or injuries. Women should also notify the teacher if they are menstruating or pregnant. Please be assured any information is treated in strictest confidence.