When you practice in an Iyengar Yoga class, the teacher will help you learn to use your breathe, the movement of your limbs and to focus your attention all at the same time. With repetition, the coordination of your breath, muscles and brain in each pose lend to increasing your overall coordination.
Another key to improving coordination lies in transitions between poses. A Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher will give you specific instructions for moving into and out of each pose, as well as how to be in the pose.
Improving your coordination is essential to reducing injury and can improve your performance in sports and your daily routine.
If you are interested in resuming your yoga practice or in getting started in yoga, please contact Cascade Yoga in Bend, Oregon for more information!
Feeling unbalanced? Practicing yoga literally improves your balance!
In the Iyengar Yoga method, we help beginners build balance by focusing on standing poses in a safe and easy to follow progression. Iyengar Yoga teachers are also trained in modifying poses and helping students know when to take more support, including to support their balance.
At first, you may not even realize you are building your balance, but once you are ready, we introduce Vrksasana (Tree Pose) and Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose) in a supported progression.
We don’t expect you to immediately balance on one foot — but we do know how to help you get there by moving step-by-step through a sequenced set of preparations.
For more information, please call or email me — I would love to talk to you about getting started with yoga in the Iyengar method at Cascade Yoga in Bend!
Did you know that you don’t have to be flexible already to get started with yoga? Yoga Increases Flexibility — especially for people who are stiff! A Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher can help you increase your flexibility by guiding you through a sequence of poses specifically chosen to improve flexibility, by breaking down the poses into simple phases, and by modifying poses to include the use of props so that you can access the poses no matter how inflexible you are.
So, no more excuses. We know you’re not a gumby already and we have a class waiting for you. Come on in and get started!
Yoga is for everyone — including everyone who is stiff! Anyone can have stiffness in their body, from lack of exercise or even from too much exercise, or from illness and other health issues.
A Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher can tailor classes for beginners and stiff people by moving you through a sequence of poses specifically chosen for stiffness, by breaking down the poses into beginner phases, modifying poses to include the use of props so that you can access the poses no matter how stiff you are, move your body, and get rid of that stiffness!
So, no more excuses. We know you’re stiff and we have a class ready and waiting for you. Come on in and get started!
I was pretty amazed when a friend said to me recently, “You really had a peaceful and calmness about you when we met up! Makes me realize how important yoga is!“.
In the Iyengar Yoga method, practicing yoga is about more than just performing yoga poses. A Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) will also integrate yoga philosophy and history into your asana classes, along with a regular monthly routine of relaxation and guided breathing. As students progress, we also teach “Meditation In Action” where you learn to distribute your attention throughout your body and mind while you practice yoga. Even at the beginner level, we teach students how to soften their gaze, look inwards and not be disturbed by external stimuli. Taken altogether, as your practice grows, you will learn how to keep calm even amidst the chaos going on around you!
If you would like to learn more about how to get started with yoga in the Iyengar method, at Cascade Yoga, please call or visit:
If you don’t have a mat with you while you travel, place your (back) foot or both feet at the wall, depending on the pose and how much room you have at the wall. Do not practice against a door or where others may bump or run into you.
If you use a chair, make sure it is stationary (not swiveling) and that you can place your feet flat on the floor with your legs at a 90* angle.
Always practice on a clean, even surface, out of direct sunlight
Note: This sequence is intended for beginning yoga students who are currently studying with a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. It is not meant to be instructional or a substitute for a qualified yoga instructor! Find one near you!
*You can also alternate with Swastikasana, Parvatasana in Swastikasana, and Adho Mukha Swastikasana from day to day. When practicing Swastikasana (seated cross legs pose), remember to change the cross of your legs.
After one of my classes, a student asked the question, “I was gardening the other night and really wanted to do Counter Stretch. Is it ok to wear shoes for Counter Stretch?”. My reply was, “Well, if you are in class or practicing a personal practice sequence at home, then you want to be bare footed so that you get the feedback from your feet being directly on the ground. But, if you’re out in the garden or at work at a desk and need a break, then I think it would be an excellent idea to get up and practice Counter Stretch (Ardha Uttanasana), plus some shoulder openers, even if it’s not practical to take your shoes off in that moment”.
For my blog post on the topic, I would expand that to say, unless your shoes have very high heels, wide platforms or other features that would compromise your balance. Those you have to take off … but I’m guessing if you are contemplating a Counter Stretch break, you probably won’t object to taking the stilettos off for a moment or two!
If you are wondering “What is Ardha Uttanasana?”, please stay tuned for the Cascade Yoga Asana Glossary!