‘As the essence of the tree is contained in the fruit, so too the essence of your practice is contained in the fruit of freedom, poise, peace and beatitude’. (B.K.S. Iyengar)
B.K.S. Iyengar’s inspirational life story charts a journey from poverty, illness and hardship to international recognition as one of the world’s leading exponents of the art of yoga.
Susan’s classes reflect her training in Iyengar Yoga, emphasizing alignment, correct sequencing and the use of props where necessary so that the practice is available to all, regardless of age or ability. The geometry of the poses and the principles of movement are learnt first before a subtler awareness of the muscles, joints and inner organs is introduced. Ultimately, the aim is to practice with ‘effortless effort’ – to allow the body, breath, mind and emotions to flow together in a meditative whole.
Classes last for 90 minutes beginning with a period of stillness to centre and focus the mind. Postures are introduced in graded sequences which may include standing, sitting and lying poses, inversions, backbends and twists. All classes conclude with recuperative poses and deep relaxation.
Beginners are welcome to come to the General classes which are suitable for all levels. For those who wish to deepen their practice, the weekly Experienced class and the monthly Saturday morning workshops offer an opportunity to work at a subtler level and on more challenging postures. A specialised Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs Programme is available for those with back pain. One-to-one sessions are offered if this is more appropriate.