THE FOLLOWING ARE SAMPLES OF STUDENTS AT YOGA CENTRE LONDON AND THEIR REFLECTIONS ON HOW THEIR IYENGAR YOGA PRACTICE AFFECTS THEM:
“I remember the night that I left my first Iyengar class knowing that this yoga practice was going to carry me through the rest of my life. That knowing comes back to me every time I take a class. I have become wiser in body and mind and happier in my being and look forward to learning more.”
“Coming to weekly practice at Yoga Centre London can only be described as a renewed encounter with myself. Each asana is a lesson in itself, and a testament to the discipline of the Iyengar method and to those at Yoga Centre London who teach it.
The limitations I experienced from severe osteoarthritis, and a subsequent hip replacement, have made my “encounter” each week of challenge, patience, discipline and acceptance, become a process of possibilities that I never before would have considered.”
“I love my Saturday class! Deb Hanisch is a superb yoga instructor: elegant in her demonstrations, excellent in her instructions, and patient with my limitations. Saturday at 11 is a respite from a life lived with too many demands, a place where you are in your body and spirit, Debbie leading you in how to bend and find strength for the week ahead.”
— Susan Carlyle
“These past months have been an eyeopener to what my body can do properly with great supervision. As I take my morning walk I am always checking my posture by lifting my ribs away from my waist, moving my shoulder blades into my back, and walking tall. Arriving home I am refreshed and feel strong. I have gone to Sue's class on occasion feeling a little tired and by the end of the class I have energy and ready for the rest of the day. I am enjoying learning about my body and the correct way I must look after myself. Thank you all.”
— Wendy Kevill
“How long have you taken Iyengar yoga and why do you practice it? These are two questions that I am asked quite frequently. The answer to the first one is quite simple; well over a decade. The answer to the second one is more complex.
At first, I began Iyengar yoga to become more flexible in order that I may run again in my mature years. However, as the years passed, yoga became a way of life; a way of looking at the world from a more holistic perspective (sometimes upside down). The yoga postures, combined with meditation, have led me on an ever ending journey of self-discovery where the mind and the soul have found a common bond.
‘To know thyself’ is one of the most precious goals in life; the pathway to that goal takes both courage and patience; however, the staff at Yoga Centre London will guide your every step.”
— Jim Rule
“I started yoga practice at Yoga Centre London two years ago. I can honestly say that Iyengar yoga has changed my life. In my case, yoga practice has reduced the frequency and duration of acute episodes of lower back pain. I also got valuable advice on which exercises I can do at home to prevent flare-ups. My flexibility, posture and balance have improved. What I value most about Yoga Centre London is the small group practices, which allow the instructor to adapt instruction to each participant’s body type and health issues. Students are never pressured to take poses that would be painful or too challenging for them given health concerns, for example. Over time, I acquired a better awareness of my body and felt increasingly motivated to improve my yoga poses at each session. I feel very privileged to have Karen and Debbie as instructors. They are incredibly knowledgeable, caring and inspiring.”
“Right from the time I started going to Yoga Centre London, I found the teachers to be very knowledgeable and attentive. Classes are well-organized, good-humoured, rarely repetitive, and challenging at a level always appropriate for the group.
I started doing yoga poses on my own as a way to manage low back problems. I was fortunate to meet Karen & to start going to Yoga Centre London where I've been been hooked by the ongoing learning of how to do poses more correctly. My low back issues are definitely more under control than they ever were before, and I've learned more about the meditative focus careful practice can develop.”
— Roy Geiger