Iyengar Yoga is a method developed by Yogacharya Sri B.K.S Iyengar, which focuses on the precise alignment of the body, working deeply and with awareness in each asana (posture), to gain the maximum benefit to your flexibility, strength and wellbeing. Sometimes yoga props like blocks, cork bricks, or belts may be used to help students practice asanas safely and in a way that is beneficial to each individual (whatever their age, strength or level of flexibility). Through Iyengar Yoga practitioners aim to unite the body, mind and spirit, and attain physical and mental well-being.
Iyengar Yoga teachers are trained to very high standards, and must have been practicing Iyengar Yoga regularly for at least 3 years before they can apply for the teacher training. The training itself takes a minimum of two years to complete. Once qualified, teachers can then go on to study for higher levels of teaching qualifications. Sophia has taken two of these further qualifications, most recently in 2017, and is qualified as Intermediate Junior Level 2 teacher.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT A CLASS
Class sequences are different each week, and may focus on a certain type of posture (e.g. forward bends or back bends), or work on a particular theme. The teacher will plan the sequence of asanas for each classin such a way as to be safe and beneficial for the body and mind. Classes can be hard work as they involve intense stretching and strengthening, but are fun and challenging, and will be tailored to the level of experience of the students. You should feel lighter and calmer after a class. Every class will end with Savasana, (relaxation), to rejuvenate the body after the work of the practice. Continued practice will bring greater flexibility, strength, peace of mind and many other health benefits.Sophia’s classes are friendly and welcoming, with a supportive and positive atmosphere.
Sophia started her practice of Iyengar yoga in 2006. Since then it has has become a central part of her life, and she went on to complete two years of teacher training at the Putney Iyengar Yoga Centre in London, qualifying in 2011. In 2016 and 2017 she took two further teaching assesments and is now qualified as a Junior intermediate Level 2 teacher. Her teaching is sympathetic and positive, focusing on the individual needs of her students. She attends regular classes and workshops with senior teachers to continue her own training, and in her own time studies yoga philosophy to deepen her understanding of yoga as a whole.
See more about Sophia on her page
- Group Classes take place at North Oxford Golf Club
- Please book before you arrive through our website
- It's a great way of improving your flexibility and strength
- Sophia's experienced teaching style will help you get the most out of your practice.