Iyengar Yoga and Safe Practice

Practicing Iyengar Yoga safely is a key priority for me as a qualified  Iyengar Yoga Teacher.

When looking for a yoga class there are many things to consider which I will detail in further posts but making sure you practice safely has to be number one on your list. It should also be number one on your teachers’s list!

The responsibility runs both ways so make sure you tell your teacher of any health issues which you feel may affect your ability to practice safely. If you don’t want to do this in public any professional teacher will have no problem taking a few minutes before class to discuss any concerns you may have – remember it is as much in their interest as yours. If you don’t get the response you expect then my advice would be to take another class. Trust your instincts as you need to have confidence in your teacher.

Some gyms run Iyengar yoga classes as part of their general timetable…

…but don’t be afraid to challenge if the correct equipment is not provided. For example there are gyms they have fitness mats for Aerobics classes but these are not necessarily appropriate for safe Iyengar yoga practice. Some mats are too short, not providing enough length to practice certain Asanas (yoga positions) properly.¬† Also these mats can sometimes be very slippy so jumping becomes unsafe and the ability of the feet and hands to grip is compromised. This is quite obviously dangerous but I have come across this situation several times.Classic Iyengar Yoga Mat

So to be sure, if you are a regular student, I would recommend that you bring your own yoga mat to class. You also have the reassurance that it will be clean and you have the added bonus of being able to do some practice at home.

A good yoga mat should be 1.8 meters or 6 feet long.¬† You can get longer if you are particularly tall, but his length should be sufficient. You don’t have to spend a fortune either, just make sure you choose a mat specifically designed for yoga and you won’t go far wrong. Colours, thickness of mat, brand names, eco credentials and latex free materials maybe secondary considerations to think about.

If you’re unsure about any of the equipment provided at your gym for your Iyengar Yoga practice…

…simply ask your teacher, and if you see them lugging a huge bag of equipment into the studio, please help them out. :-) It will be greatly appreciated!

Feel free to comment on this post about any questions you have about equipment or experiences you’ve encountered.

Iyengar Yoga focuses highly on precision and therefore uses a lot of props and equipment, so make sure

Namaste

 

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