Blue Mountains Iyengar Yoga Studio

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Q: Is Yoga religious?
Although yoga originated in India, it is not a religion. In fact, yoga is a system of self-study and self-observation. It develops a sense of quietness and vitality within the individual.

Q: What are the benefits of yoga?
Yoga develops strength, flexibility and co-ordination. It reduces stress, teaches relaxation and establishes mental poise. Yoga has allowed people of varying ages, levels of health and fitness to enjoy the benefits of a sustained practice: the ability to face the physical, mental and emotional challenges of contemporary life with strength, vitality, mobility, thoughtfulness and equanimity.

Q: Am I too old to start yoga?
The beauty of yoga is that it can be practiced by people of all ages. Students practice to their own capacity.

Q: What if I have an injury?
Iyengar Yoga is very adaptable to those with injuries. Through the use of props the body is assisted in regaining stability, strength, and mobility within the skeletal and muscular body. In cases of more chronic or medical conditions, we recommend the remedial class before entering a general class.

Q: How often should I attend classes?
Initially, you should attend classes once or twice per week.
As you become more familiar and confident, you may wish to increase attendance and start practicing at home. Home practice notes are available from the studio.The studio is also available for students who attend classes regularly to practice.

Q: What should I wear?

Comfortable clothing is best. For example, shorts or tights a T-shirt and a warm top. Clean and bare feet.

Q: Is it okay to eat or drink before doing Yoga?

Doing yoga on a full stomach can disturb your digestive system and make you feel uncomfortable. It is best to leave 1 to 2 hours after a light meal and 3 hours after a heavy meal before practising Yoga. Do not drink alcohol before class.

Q: What if I am menstruating?

Please advise your teacher if you are menstruating, as some of the postures are unsuitable at this time.

Q: Iyengar Yoga emphasizes attention to detail in the alignment of the yoga poses. How is this important?

People come to yoga with many old patterns of standing, walking and carrying themselves in everyday life. These patterns include weakness and tightness and contribute to pain and injury. Iyengar Yoga focuses on these areas to help bring strength and release so the student is able to hold the correct alignment, feel more comfortable in their own body. With this comes a sense of mental quiet and relaxation. The combination of physical and mental equanimity brings a richness to everyday living.