Online Experienced Level Yoga Wednesday with Kathy Howard
An online Iyengar yoga course, suitable for those with experience, led by Kathy Howard, Iyengar yoga teacher.
This class is for those who have some experience of yoga. Not sure if this class is appropriate for you? Contact Kathy and she can advise you: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please check and complete our Yoga health questionnaire and bring it along to the first class or send to: Cambridge Buddhist Centre, 38 Newmarket Road, Cambridge CB5 8DT
Yoga was first codified in the yoga sutra of Patanjali sometime between the 2nd and 4th centuries A.D. Traditionally the aim of yoga is ‘kaivalya’ or emancipation. Patanjali’s ashtanga yoga ( yoga of 8 ‘limbs’ or stages) includes asana (posture) and pranayama (breath control), as the 3rd and 4th stages.
In modern times asana and pranayama practices have been popularised on the basis of their benefits to health and general well-being. No particular religious affiliation is required in order to benefit from yoga practice.
BKS Iyengar (1918 - 2014) systematised over 200 classical asanas and many pranayama techniques. In his system emphasis is placed on precise alignment in the postures. Use is made of props such as belts, blocks, bricks, and blankets in order that students of any level can work safely and effectively within the asanas. It is one of the most practiced forms of yoga worldwide.
Once a student is stable in their postural practice observation of the breath is introduced, initially in savasana (relaxation), which leads on to pranayama.
The benefits of regular practice can include enhanced flexibility, strength, balance, and coordination, as well as improved mental clarity and emotional stability.