In the first quarter of 2017, we were delighted to welcomed a new teacher to the studio – Jacqui Simmonds. Jacqui is a Certified Level 1 and 2 Iyengar yoga instructor – a style of yoga which I love, and one which can really assist your wider practice.
Here at CYS, we are predominantly vinyasa (flow) focused. I have been looking for a permanent lyengar teacher to join us for quite a while now, as I know from personal experience how beneficial this style of yoga can be. And now, thanks to Jacqui, we are able to offer Iyengar as part of our weekly timetable.
To those unfamiliar with it, Iyengar is a form of Hatha Yoga named after and developed by B.K.S Iyengar – a yoga spiritualist and guru, considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world. Based on the traditional eight limbs of yoga and the teachings of Patanjalis’ classical Yoga Sutra, Iyengar emphasises postural detail, precision and alignment.
Unlike other Hatha styles which take a more experiential approach to the asanas, encouraging you to follow the teacher and find your way into your comfortable seat, Iyengar by contrast is much more focused on getting the physical alignment right for your body — with any errors or misalignments actively corrected.
Another feature of Iyengar is that the poses are typically held for longer. Instead of moving swiftly from one to the next as you would in vinyasa, Iyengar requires you to maintain a pose long enough to understand and refine it. In addition, props such as belts, blocks and blankets are used to assist with enhancing alignment, customising to your anatomy, and minimising injury and strain.
In my first five years of being introduced to and training regularly in yoga, I practiced five days a week. Monday and Wednesday was dynamic Vinyasa Hatha, Tuesday and Thursday was Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, and Friday was Iyengar yoga.
I loved the vibrant flow of Vinyasa Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, but what really solidified the stability in my practice, refined my alignment and opened my body to its full extension was Iyengar. It also prepared and gave me the strength and confidence to move into inversions such as head stands, fore-arm balance, and shoulder stands. I didn’t feel rushed, and my body felt prepared getting into the pose.
Overall what I discovered was that when practiced together, vinyasa and Iyengar can be extremely complementary. After doing an Iyengar class, you will feel the new magnified capacity in your physical body at your next Vinyasa class.
Vinyasa happens at a certain pace and is great for meditative practice, but there is very little time for refining alignment. Iyengar, by contrast, gives you time to work on your poses, and therefore enables you to progress faster in vinyasa.
If you’re keen to explore the wonderful balance and support offered by Iyengar and to experience for yourself how it can complement vinyasa and other styles of practice, I encourage you to branch out and practise with Jacqui through these two avenues:
DROP-IN IYENGAR CLASS – Fridays 6:15-7:30AM – open to all. Sign up through the timetable here.
COURSE – Iyengar Yoga 6-Week Course; starts Wednesday 27 September from 7:45-9PM. Click here to read more and ENROL. Places limited.
This 10-week course runs alongside the school term, and has been designed with the intention of providing a supportive, friendly and nurturing environment for mothers and their babies.
Classes have been designed by Monica Anderson and Eli Haski, and taught by Eli Haski. Both Monica and Eli are certified Pre and Postnatal Yoga Instructors.
This is open to mums and babies from 6 weeks old (natural birth), or from 12 weeks (c-section), to crawling.
Enjoy an hour of postnatal yoga for yourself, while taking the opportunity to bond with your baby through song and baby yoga, which is ideal for developing your babies’ sensory development at this early stage. Practise ends with relaxation for you and your baby, followed by half an hour of circle time to share the joys and challenges of mothering.
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PRICE: $165 for 10 sessions.
TIME: Wednesday, 10am-11:30am.
VENUE: Canberra Yoga Space, Level 1, 6/13 Botany Street, Phillip, Woden.
Note: You can join this course after the first week of term has started. You will be enrolling for the remainder of the term, and the cost is $20 x the number of session remaining for that term.
We are pleased to announce that our courses for Term 2, 2015 are now open.
Enrol on or before Friday 17 April and receive a $20 complimentary yoga pass – you can use it for any of our drop-in yoga classes. You will automatically receive your complimentary pass within 5 days of enrolling.
Click on any of the links below for more information or to enrol.
Avail of our early bird offer for our Term 2 courses. Term 2 begins Monday 28 April. Enrol by Monday 21 April and get a 10% discount. To get your discount, use the promo code “Earlybird” when you register for the course.
We offer a wide range of yoga courses including:
* Yoga for Beginners – 10 Week Intro Course with Jen Brown
* Toddlers and Preschoolers Yoga – 10 Week Course (Parent and child) with Suzanna Thell
* Yoga for Primary School Kids – 10 Week Course with Suzanna Thell
* Prenatal Yoga – 10 Week Course with Monica Anderson
If you have any questions, please use our contact form to send us an email.