Starting a new activity is always the hardest part. At the iYoga Centre we offer a range of classes 7 days a week to make it easy for you to get started. Simply choose a class and come along and see if it’s what you’re looking for. There’s no need to book. After your taster you can save money by booking a block of classes. Class Timetable
Level One Classes
These are perfect for beginners and suitable for improvers too. They provide a friendly and welcoming atmosphere to help new starters settle in quickly and easily. You will be introduced to the basics of Iyengar yoga in a carefully structured way providing a sound understanding of how to practice safely so you can experience the many benefits of Iyengar yoga. A wide range of postures is taught to develop strength, stamina and flexibility and offering plenty of challenges for improvers too. You will have a solid basis from which to move on to Level 2 Iyengar yoga classes that will allow you to progress further. Your teacher will advise you when you’re ready to move up to the next level.
Level Two Classes
These are suitable for students with at least 6 months Iyengar yoga experience who are proficient in all introductory standing poses and Salamba Sarvangasana (shoulder stand) and be working towards a five minute stay in Sirsasana (headstand). Students will be developing their home practice and some postures from the Intermediate syllabus will be taught. Work is more intensive than at Level One and you’ll be introduced to a wider variety of asanas, and basic pranayama.
Gentle & Easy Classes
These are gentle, slower-paced classes and are better for those who are stiffer or less fit. Although a general class will help to relieve most common aches & pains and improve your general health, you may prefer to try the Gentle and Easy class. There is plenty of individual attention with postures tailored specifically to your needs.
Yoga is a powerful antidote to the stresses of modern day life. It is a practical philosophy that aims to unite body, mind and spirit for health and wellbeing. Calm your mind, increase your concentration and relieve stress and tension with the beneficial powers of yoga – practising a range of asanas (postures) builds strength and improves flexibility and posture. Yoga also brings emotional stability and clarity of mind, but that is only the beginning of the journey to samadhi, or self-realisation, which is the ultimate aim of yoga practice.
There is a wealth of research that shows that regular yoga practice can alleviate a wide range of specific disorders.
• Lower back pain, upper back and shoulder problems: yoga helps sufferers to become more mobile, and to reduce overall pain levels.
• Asthma: yoga has been shown to reduce the severity and frequency of asthma symptoms, much improving the quality of life.
• Physical injuries: muscle strains and joint injuries respond better to conventional treatment when combined with yoga to manipulate inflexible or injured areas.
• Stress: the emphasis placed on ‘being in the moment’ dispels thoughts of past troubles or future problems, reducing stress and making daily life more manageable.
• Weight loss: yoga doesn’t burn calories but does make you more aware of your body, allowing you to manage your weight far more effectively.
• Depression: yoga has an important role to play in complementing conventional therapies for depression and anxiety.
There are many forms of yoga: hatha, ashtanga, bikram, anusara, jivamukti, power yoga, vinyasa.
How do you choose?
Well, Iyengar yoga:
• Can be practised safely by everyone, irrespective of age, physical condition and state of health
• Is a totally holistic approach to wellbeing, working on the body, mind and emotions through the practice of physical postures
• Is taught by accredited Iyengar teachers who have undergone a minimum of 5 years rigorous training programme, with practical and written exams in anatomy, first aid, yoga philosophy and teaching theory, and who continue advanced training
• Is proven through scientific studies to be effective in helping alleviate a range of medical and physical conditions
The core principles of Iyengar yoga are precision, attention to detail, and a focus on body alignment. Aids such as blocks, belts and bolsters are frequently used to enable students to perform asanas correctly and safely, minimising the risk of injury or strain.
You will find there are men and women of all ages and physical abilities. Iyengar yoga classes are highly verbal and tactile. Teachers deliver precise instructions about every aspect of a posture, and actively correct misalignments and errors, making appropriate adjustments for different physiques and for people with specific problems. The classes can be hard work, as the poses involve intense stretching; however, you will leave the class feeling lighter and calmer. The immediate benefits of yoga are greater flexibility and strength and better physical health. As you continue with your practice, psychological and spiritual benefits begin to appear. You will work hard within your limits, which will make the period of relaxation at the end even more enjoyable!
Being flexible is not a pre-requisite for yoga: it’s one of the goals! The purpose of yoga is to gradually build flexibility and strength. You will start with gentle postures, then work your way up to more intense poses as your body learns to stretch and the stiffness in your joints and muscles is relieved.
Wear comfortable clothing so that you can move and stretch easily. Leggings, shorts or jogging trousers with a t-shirt are ideal, plus a warm top for relaxation. Yoga is always practised in bare feet.
Our iYoga Centre has all the equipment you will need to tailor the poses for your individual needs including non slip yoga mats. Iyengar yoga uses ‘aids’ such as blocks, belts, chairs and bolsters to help people get the maximum benefit from the postures and minimise stress on the body. You can also buy your own kit, either from a specialist supplier or through Iyengar Yoga Manchester and that way you can practice your yoga at home just as you’ve been taught in class.
You should not eat a large meal within at least four hours of a yoga session. A small snack will be sufficient to give you the energy you need.
Many students are encouraged to practise yoga by their GP or physiotherapist as medical conditions can often be relieved by appropriate yoga postures. Because Iyengar yoga focuses on an individual’s needs and abilities, postures are always practised in the way that best suits your body. Please do check with your doctor first before enrolling for class and if you do have any medical problems, injuries, or are pregnant make sure you notify your teacher.
Our classes focus on improving health and wellbeing, building strength and stamina by the practise of physical postures – the asanas. Whilst there certainly is a spiritual dimension to Iyengar yoga that can be investigated more deeply by those interested in it, you will find that working hard in the postures is in itself a form of meditation, helping to focus and relax the brain, dispelling the day’s worries and reducing stress.