Saturday 22 October 2016

Change it up with... Iyengar yoga

Published 04/04/2016 | 02:30

Iyengar yoga is suitable for all ages
Iyengar yoga is suitable for all ages

What is it? Iyengar yoga is a dynamic strand of Hatha yoga that unifies the mind, body and spirit. Focusing heavily on alignment and precision, Iyengar yoga is all about getting your posture (asana) in tip-top form, which guarantees myriad long-lasting health benefits.

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Practising yoga is one thing, but getting your form right from the get-go, as with all other forms of exercise, is another, and that’s exactly where Iyengar comes in.

What happens? Suitable for all ages, this popular type of yoga is a slow-paced, more therapeutic practice with lots of gentle yet effective stretches. But don’t be fooled by the meditative aspect; it can be both physically and mentally demanding, which is a good thing! Each class is different, ensuring constant variety. Your teacher will often make use of props such as yoga blocks, belts and blankets and you can always look forward to a rewarding Shavasana (you know, the part where you drift off on a blissful cloud?) at the end. Those looking to strengthen their body while learning about the benefits of yoga postures, breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation, will be hooked. What’s more, it’s gentle enough to suit during pregnancy, and has been known to alleviate associated pregnancy symptoms such as back pain.

How long is the class? Usually between 1 to 1.5 hours.

Where and how much? There are Iyengar teachers all over the country, in  Dublin try The Elbow Room,; Mon and Tue; €13 per class (includes free bowl of soup).

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