Iyengar Yoga

Andrew and Frances Yoga Teachers- The Yoga Extension - Iyengar Yoga Classes Glasgow

Becoming a Yoga Teacher ‘As in passing a driving test, it is only after the qualification is gained that the real learning begins’ Alan Brown (1) There will be quite a few of my students gearing up for an assessment in June. They are on the path to becoming an Iyengar Yoga teacher. It is very easy to focus on this end result and the process of becoming a teacher rather than simply being a yoga practitioner. By focussing on the practice you will never pass or fail as the learning that evolves over time can never be taken away. Why would you want to become an…

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Not Just a Physical Practice I have noticed over the years that some students become disheartened by the physical limitations of their body and consequently give up on their yoga practice. Bizarrely, this often happens when they are on the cusp of making real progress and overcoming the difficulties. However, the focus on the accomplishment of the pose negates the main purpose of the asana practice. This is what Prashant Iyengar has to say… ‘Asanas are done primarily to change the mental state, the mind-set and then the deeper layers of the mind, up to…

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Moving towards the last week in Pune… “Always doing, doing, doing and then we die” Prashant Iyengar Geeta has been unwell so were surprised and honoured that she came to teach our class…We were working in Adho Mukha Svanasana and then we heard her voice. She gave us a lesson in adduction and abduction and then related this to forward bends, from the basic to the most intense. She helped us understand the actions involved for Eka Pada Sirsasana (leg behind the head pose). It really is inspiring to be taught from the source. Then in our pranayama class…

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Thoughts on Pune…week 2 comes to an end Greetings again from the noisy, warm, mad Pune! But I am growing to love it. The local people make you feel so welcome and there is a deep respect for BKS Iyengar and all he has done for local students not just physically but for the economy as well. My Particular favourite is the man who patiently waits outside the Institute every day to sell us coconut water. This is just perfect after a long morning of class and self-practice. It is a small miracle he has any fingers as he deftly prepares the coconut with a huge…

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Thoughts on Pune…the end of week one Although it has been a full week since arriving in Pune the days are spinning by quickly. My first shock was the airport. Twenty years ago this was no more than a one room terminal. Now it is modern and huge! I forgot there was still another almost 4 hours from Mumbai to Pune. And unfortunately, I do get car sick! It was one long traffic jam for about 2 hours which gave Valerie and I the opportunity to see how little had changed with the poverty situation. A real incongruity between the modern airport and the living…

Yoga for teenagers Mats at the Yoga Extension

Before we launch our new Yoga for Teenagers class, we thought we’d share some of the benefits of yoga for people at this age. “I found yoga with Frances really relaxing, especially during exam time at school. I became so focused on my breathing and technique that I completely forgot all my exam stress. I loved this class and miss it now I’ve moved away for uni, but I still use all the technique tips I learnt in the class! “ Mamie, age 18 How can yoga help teenagers? Although yoga has many benefits for anyone at any stage in their life, yoga for…

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What is pranayama? ‘To be human is to be sitting on the evolutionary razor’s edge, right at the frontiers of your own potential ‘(1) Simply, prana means breath, vitality or life force. ‘Ayama’ means extension. So pranayama is a technique that enables us to extend the breath, and thus our vitality and life-force. In his book ‘light on Pranayama’, B.K.S. Iyengar encouraged the novice to gain an understanding of this process. However, he also recommended that the student practice yoga for at least 2 years before embarking on this work. This is because…

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I want to share with you why I practice and teach Iyengar Yoga. If I was to start yoga now in 2017, I would be baffled by the amount of choice available. Although it is fantastic that there is so much yoga available, it also raises a few questions: What is suitable? What do all these different styles actually mean? Can I do this as a complete beginner? What qualification does the teacher have? How much experience does the teacher have? A trusted teacher With Iyengar yoga you will first of all find a teacher who has been rigorously trained. Before they can even…