What do l need to know
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to be flexible to start yoga?
Not to start! The use of props (blankets, chairs, blocks, bolsters 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.
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 l 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.
Yoga Book List
Asana & Pranayama:
- Desikachar, T. K. V. The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice. Inner Traditions International, 1995.
- Francina, Suza. The New Yoga For People Over 50: A Comprehensive Guide for Midlife & Older ‘Beginners. Health Communications, Inc., 1997.
- Francina, Suza. Yoga and the Wisdom of Menopause. Health Communications, Inc., 2003.
- Iyengar, B. K. S. Light On Yoga. Schocken Books, 1966.
- Iyengar, B. K. S. Light On Pranayama. George, Allen & Unwin, 1981.
- Iyengar, B. K. S. Yoga: The Path To Holistic Health. Dorling Kindersley, 2001.
- Iyengar, Geeta S. Yoga A Gem For Women. Allied Publishers Pvt. Ltd., 1983.
- Iyengar, Geeta S. Yoga in Action, Preliminary Course. YOG, 2000.
- Jordan, Sandra. Yoga For Pregnancy. St. Martin’s Press, 1988.
- Lasater, Judith. Relax & Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times. Rodmell Press, 1995.
- Lasater, Judith. 30 Essential Yoga Poses For Beginning Students and Their Teachers. Rodmell Press, 2003.
- Mehta, Silva, Mira & Shyam. Yoga The Iyengar Way. Alfred A. Knopf, 1990.
- Mehta, Mira. How To Use Yoga: A step-by-step guide to the Iyengar method of yoga, for relaxation, health and well-being. Rodmell Press, 1998.
- Moyer Donald. Yoga: Awakening the Inner Body. Rodmell Press, 2006.
- Richardson, Rosamond and Ward, James. Yoga For Bears: A Little Primer on the Unbearable Rightness of Bending. HarperCollins, 1995.
- Schatz, Mary Pullig. Back Care Basics: A Doctor’s Gentle Yoga Program for Back and Neck Pain Relief. Rodmell Press, 1992.
- Schiffmann, Erich. Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness. Pocket Books, 1996.
- Sparrowe, Linda. The Woman’s Book of Yoga & Health. Shambhala Boston & London, 2002.
- Tobias, Maxine and Stewart, Mary. Stretch And Relax. The Body Press, 1985.
- Easwaran, Eknath. The End of Sorrow: The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living. Nilgiri Press.
- Feuerstein, Georg. The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali, A New Translation and Commentary. Inner Traditions International. 1989.
- Gates, Rolf. Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga. Anchor Books, 2002.
- Iyengar, B. K. S. Light On The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. HarperCollins, 1993.
- Iyengar, B. K. S. The Tree of Yoga. Shambahala Publications, 1988.
- Iyengar, B. K. S. Light On Life: The Yoga Journey to Wholeness Inner Peace, and Ultimate Freedom.. Rodale, 2005.
- Prabhavananda, Swami and Isherwood, Christopher. How to Know God. The Yoga Aphorisms Of Patanjali. Vedanta Press, 1981.
- Radha, Swami Sivananda. Hatha Yoga The Hidden Language. Shambhala Publications, Inc., 1987.
- Svatmarama, Yoga Swami. Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Aquarian Press, 1992.
- Taimni, I. K. The Science of Yoga. The Theosophical Publishing House, 1975.
- Yogananda, Paramahansa. Autobiography of a Yogi. Self-Realization Fellowship,
AND FINALLY . . . . if you have any questions – please ASK!