Your guide to our Iyengar class
Iyengar yoga is a system of teaching which is methodical and progressive, emphasising detailed correctness and absolute safety. When necessary, it uses supports called ‘props’ that allow students to progress in their practice of postures safely at their own pace, to suit their body. This is a general level class and not suitable for complete beginners.
At Yogahaven Brighton Iyengar® Yoga is practiced in the downstairs studio which recently added the Iyengar Rope Wall. The rope wall was first developed by BKS Iyengar, who used it as a prop to support and intensify his asana practice. The ropes work by using gravity as a natural form of resistance, causing the body to open much further than it would in a regular yoga practice and deeply stretches the entire muscular-skeletal body. Rope poses are especially beneficial for spine health through use of traction. They can also be used to create deep opening in the organic body, which nourishes the organs and quiets the mind. Iyengar® Yoga is characterised by precision and alignment in the execution of the asanas, Sequencing of the asanas towards a desired result, and timing in the length of time the asanas are held for maximum benefit. Iyengar® Yoga focuses on the structural alignment of the physical body so that energy of the subtle body can flow without obstruction. Iyengar Yoga can support your practice and develop stamina and a meditative aspect to Yoga which enhances your development in Yoga. Intermediate level classes generate a deeper understanding of yoga, building strength & resilience, with a regular practice of poses such as backbends, headstand, Sirsasana/shoulder stand, Sarvangasana and Pranayama. A range of Inversions are practiced regularly in class working to improve stamina and alignment. Props such as belts, bricks, bolsters and blankets are used to help you understand and perform the correct actions in asana as you develop your practice. Classes tend to be slower paced, but physically demanding, with a focus on the transformative potential of asana. The method of sequencing provides a varied structure to classes. Helen Ayling teaches at Yogahaven Brighton Iyengar Yoga and is a certified Junior Intermediate1 Iyengar Yoga Teacher.