FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. How is Iyengar different from other kinds of yoga and what are the benefits?
Sri B.K.S. Iyengar's method of hatha yoga is precise, progressive, practical and innovative. Students are shown step-by-step how to do the poses and are encouraged to work within their own capability, not matter how stiff they are. Iyengar yoga builds stamina, strength, flexibility and equilibrium. It quietens the mind, soothes the nerves and strengthens the immune system.
Mr. Iyengar invented the use of props such as belts, blocks, bolsters and chairs so students with medical conditions or injuries can practice safely. Using props also allows students to explore more advanced asanas.
An outstanding feature of Iyengar yoga is that teachers trained in his method are recognized as the best-trained teachers in the world. After their minimum two-year apprenticeship, they continue to upgrade their certificates and study at his institute in Pune, India.
2. Why is there a different practice for women who are menstruating?
Menstruation is a normal and healthy function of the female reproductive system. A hormonal imbalance can cause fatigue, irritability, nervousness, weakness and cramps. The practice given for menstruation balances the hormone system, thereby quietening the mind, soothing the nerves, easing cramps and resting the body. Proper practice during menstruation also alleviates difficult periods. Please be sure to let your teacher know at the beginning of the class if you are menstruating or become pregnant.
3. Why is there chanting at the beginning of classes?
Yoga is an ancient art and science over 5000 years old. Patanjali is considered to be the founder of yoga. We chant an invocation out of respect for the teachings and to give thanks for the teachers descended from him. It also helps to quiet our breath, calm our mind and prepare us to absorb the teaching in the class.
4. Can I come and try a class?
By all means. If you are unsure whether to sign up for the whole session, you're welcome to try a class. At the end of the class, you can decide either to sign up for the session, or to pay $17 for the individual class.
5. Can I join classes in the middle of a session?
Yes. After the third class of the session, the Iyengar Yoga Centre pro-rates the class fee for students who join after that time. If you join the second or third week of a session, you can make up the missed classes.
6. I don't want to commit to one class time. Can I come to different classes each week?
Yes. When you register, we ask you to choose a home base class, the class you're most likely to attend. If you are unable to attend that class for any reason, you're welcome to make it up in any other class at your level or below during the same session
7. I have done other kinds of yoga. At what level should I start?
We ask that students from other yoga traditions begin in a Basic so they learn the foundations of Iyengar yoga.
8. What should I wear for a yoga class?
Wear comfortable, unrestrictive clothing, such as shorts or tights and a t-shirt. Bare feet are essential. Baggy pants are not recommended, as the teacher needs to see that your legs work correctly. Please don't wear perfume, cologne or essential oils.
9. Can I eat before class?
It's fine to have a light snack up to two hours before class, but save your full meal for afterwards.