Why Do Yoga?
Regular Yoga practice has been proven to have a multitude of benefits, not limited to the physical ones of increased strength, flexibility and health. It teaches tools that help us rediscover the integration of the body and the mind, and ultimately leads the practitioner towards spiritual wisdom.
Iyengar yoga classes can be hard work; at Hereford Yoga Centre you will be expected to explore the limits of your ability. But you will leave your class feeling invigorated, peaceful and strong – in body, mind and spirit.
BKS Iyengar 1918-2014
BKS Iyengar was one of the first teachers to bring yoga to the West in the 1950s, since which time the benefits of pracitising yoga have become widely recognised across the globe. Iyengar’s teaching concentrates on correct alignment and precision in the yogasanas (poses), and logical sequencing, to provide a balanced, safe and progressive practice suited to students of all types and abilities. Often misunderstood as a purely physical approach to yoga, Iyengar used the tangible (the physical body) to reach towards the intangible (the soul). He said ‘My body is my bow, the asanas are my arrows, to hit the target, my soul’.
All Iyengar Yoga teachers are trained to a very high standard. They undergo rigorous training, over many years, with practical and written examinations in practice, pedagogy, anatomy and physiology and philosophy. This standard of excellence is maintained through ongoing professional development and further teacher training. It is this level of dedication and quality in practice and teaching that makes Iyengar Yoga one of the most widely practiced forms of Yoga in the world.
The Iyengar Yoga Certification mark is a guarantee of excellence, clarity and depth of understanding, and one which Hereford Yoga Centre is proud to display.
For more information about Iyengar yoga, visit www.iyuk.org.uk