Frequently Asked Questions About Yoga

Yogah cittavrtti nirodhah. Yoga is the cessation of movements in the consciousness. Sutra I.2

Do I have to be flexible to start yoga?
Not to start! The use of props (blankets, chairs, blocks, etc) support your body while you are learning the poses. Be sure to tell your instructor about your level of experience, as well as any injuries or limitations you have.

What should I wear to yoga class?
Comfortable, modest clothing: shorts or tights, short-sleeved or sleeveless shirt. Barefeet are preferred.

What should I bring?
An open mind, an empty belly (refrain from eating about 2 hours before class), and a sense of humor. The Center provides mats and props for your own use. You may bring your own mat if you wish. Please complete the intake form and mail it to us or bring it to the first class.

What are the benefits of Iyengar Yoga?
Physical benefits: As you become familiar with moving into the asanas, you will learn how to strengthen your body; increase balance and stamina; prevent injuries in joints and muscles; and strengthen weak or injured areas.
Mental Benefits: You will experience increased mental focus; calmness; and body awareness
Life Benefits: Moving in and out of the asanas you will learn awareness of your breath that allows you to maintain calm and reduce stress in your daily life.

Do I have to stand on my head or collapse my legs into a pretzel to get these benefits?
Not at all! Beginner students can experience all of the benefits. As students progress and become more confident we introduce more challenging poses. Beginning and advances poses are demonstrated, and the instructor provides direction and support to insure students practice safely and effectively.

Why is it important to study with a Certified Iyengar Teacher?
Becoming a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher requires years of practice, study and a rigorous examination of skills. For teachers, the Certification Mark demonstrates a commitment to maintaining the purity, excellence and high standards of Iyengar Yoga.

Certified Iyengar Yoga instructors teach the method set forth by B.K.S. Iyengar without mixing in other styles or disciplines. They maintain a regular personal practice, continue their training with senior teachers or by traveling to the Iyengar institute in India, and hold to ethical guidelines.