Iyengar Yoga was developed from Hatha Yoga, placing importance on precision in terms of alignment, sequencing, and timing. A step-by-step approach is encouraged to develop the mind, body, and spirit as you gradually progress from simple poses to more advanced ones. Iyengar is also known for staying in poses for a longer duration, meaning beginners will already be encouraged to develop a stronger willpower right from the start!
Iyengar is the most widely practiced type of yoga not just in the UK but all over the world. It is highly accessible to everyone, welcoming anyone from first-timers to more advanced or athletic students. Iyengar does acknowledge that as human beings we have different capabilities and physical limitations, which is why props are introduced for ease.
There are no specific sets of sequences to follow - the asanas practiced in a class today might not be the same ones tomorrow. This keeps the workouts fresh and trains you to become more aware of what’s happening. If you join Iyengar Yoga Twickenham classes aimed for beginners you’ll be starting with standing poses. More advanced asanas that involve sitting and reclining will gradually be introduced as you grow in your practice. Stick with your classes and soon enough you’ll see the wonderful difference it makes in your daily life!
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