There are many different levels of classes offered to meet the needs of everybody, from complete beginners to those with many years of experience. We also offer tailored classes such as 'at home 1-to-1' sessions, or classes for teens.
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Foundation classes introduce fundamental postures (asanas) and present the key concepts of Iyengar Yoga, alignment, precision, extension, stability and internal observation. They are suitable for anyone completely new to yoga and those unfamiliar with Iyengar yoga and prepare students to join in with Beginners classes when they feel ready to do so.
Beginners 1 classes focus on developing individual strength, stamina and balance in introductory postures (asana) and introduce some basic breathing techniques (pranayama). They are suitable for beginners and those with some prior yoga experience.
Beginners 2 classes build on the knowledge gained at previous levels and explore in more depth some of the introductory poses (asanas) and breathing techniques (pranayama). They are suitable for those with at least 6 months experience of Iyengar Yoga or proficiency in other yoga methods.
Intermediate 1 classes offer a varied, dynamic and sometimes challenging programme of asanas and introduce a wider variety of asanas and pranayama techniques. They are suitable for more experienced Iyengar Yoga practitioners, with at least 1 year experience of regular Iyengar Yoga classes, able to hold a steady shoulder balance (sarvangasana).
Please ask the teacher if unsure.
Intermediate 2 classes build up from the Intermediate Level 1 classes and are more demanding in pace and content, providing experienced practitioners with a thorough and intensive Iyengar Yoga experience. The classes are typically longer and offer programmes that include a more intense and subtle asana practice as well as more advanced pranayama techniques. They are suitable for those with at least 2 or 3 years’ experience of regular Iyengar Yoga classes, Iyengar Yoga teachers and those with an established home practice, able to hold a steady head balance (sirsasana).
Please ask the teacher if unsure.
Teachers classes are open to qualified Iyengar Yoga teachers (and possibly trainee teachers – Please ask the teacher).
‘Gentle and Slow Paced’ classes offer an ideal introduction to Iyengar Yoga, in a small and supportive environment and are suitable everyone, including those who may initially feel too stiff, older or unfit to attend a general class.
Private Tuition can cover personalised feedback with practice, support with Iyengar Yoga while unable to attend public classes, help with designing a home practice programme, guidance on how to practise with a specific problem (e.g., fear of inversion, particular stiffness), etc.
These can be arranged as 1-to-1 or small groups sessions. Please ask the teacher.
‘Teens’ classes are quick paced and designed for teenagers (age 14 to 18) looking for a safe, dynamic and fun way to stay active, develop self-awareness and explore the connection between body and mind.
All levels classes are open to all, except complete beginners. Please ask the teacher if unsure.
classes are classes designed for a specific group of people, teaching programme or running occasionally. They may include:
- ‘Children and Family’ classes provide fun and friendly classes where parents and kids can play and explore a range of poses together.
- ‘Cyclists, Runners and Athletes’ classes are designed to prevent injury and improve performance and are open to those who would like to complement their training with yoga.
- ‘Women only’ classes are designed for women who like to do yoga in a comfortable and welcoming environment. The class is dynamic and restorative with an emphasis on asanas that are beneficial in promoting health and wellbeing in all the phases of a woman’s life. Pregnant women are welcome if they are familiar with Iyengar Yoga.
- ‘Men only’ classes are designed for men who prefer to learn yoga in the company of other men following a specially designed programme.
- ‘Relax and Restore’ classes offer sequences of comfortable restful poses with gentle focus on the breath. They are open to everyone but particularly beneficial for those that need to recover from physical and mental stress and fatigue.
- ‘Therapeutic Yoga’ classes offer personalised programmes for those with serious injuries, medical conditions and those in recovery or remission and are led by very experienced teachers with specialist training in therapeutic yoga.
- ‘Pranayama’ classes provide a foundation for a pranayama home practice. They are suitable for those with one year or more of regular attendance at an Iyengar Yoga class, where simple breathing techniques have already been introduced.
Please ask the teacher if unsure or contact us for details.