Ardingly and Forest Row Yoga Classes with Sarah Delfas
What to expect in an Iyengar Yoga Class
Iyengar Yoga classes are structured and balanced, to provide beginners with a strong foundation and gradually introduce more poses as time goes on.
You may begin a class sitting quietly cross legged for a few moments to focus your attention on what you are about to experience. There will follow a series of asanas and teachers will usually take time to explain a couple of points about each asana. You may repeat an asana having had a particular aspect demonstrated; this is how your knowledge of the asanas can deepen.
All the asanas have Sanskrit names which may sound strange at first but you will soon become familiar with them. Sometimes the English equivalent will also be given - for example, "Adho Mukha Svanasana or Dog Pose Head Down".
In beginners and general classes the teacher will demonstrate the asanas until you are familiar with them.
All classes devote time to relaxation, usually at the end of the class when you will almost always lie down for Savasana - "corpse pose" - in which you will learn how to relax completely. Restorative poses are often included in between more strenuous asanas.
When the body has learned how to sit and lie correctly for extended periods of time, Pranayama (yogic breathing) will be introduced. Do not be in a hurry to incorporate this into your practice - many people think that yoga is all about deep breathing but there is much more to it than this! BKS Iyengar believes that asking a student too soon to incorporate conscious breathing within the asanas is not helpful and possibly also brings negative effects. The time will come when you are ready to include Pranayama safely and beneficially.
Please just ask if you have any more questions!
BKS Iyengar describes the practice of the yoga asanas as meditation in action. The deeper the focus and awareness while practising asanas, the deeper the integration of mind and body.