Recently I taught an Iyengar yoga class and it turned into a workshop. One of the biggest misconceptions of Iyengar yoga is that it is too prescriptive and teachers are unyielding in the repetition of standing poses and our teaching sequences. There is some truth to this statement, but with a few caveats, as many who attend my classes can attest. It may vary depending upon class size, level of yoga experience and /or familiarity with the Iyengar method.
I teach to all ages, levels of experience and every body, regardless of restriction or limitation. Our sequences prepare the mind and body for the needed strength and flexibility to add variations to the 200 plus asanas (poses) in our practice. Yoga among other things, is an invitation to explore and discover where you are and how you are in your practice.
In the Iyengar tradition there is heavy emphasis on observing every action and making needed adjustments or corrections to ensure we cause no harm (ahimsa) to self or others which is one of the most important sutras as a teacher.
My classes have students who range in age from their 20s to their 70s. In in class, we explored halasana (plow pose) and salamba sarvangasana (shoulder stand) with the use of props to ensure proper alignment and support for these weight bearing poses.
Three AHC students-Kalina, Qi and Shirley, with varying levels of experience and ages hit the mat with the curiosity and enthusiasm that makes teaching a true joy. Our class quickly morphed into a workshop for the inquisitive.
I’ve taught at the club for five years and I remain as dedicated and excited to teach yoga every day I’m on the mat….what a JOY, what an HONOR!