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I do Vinyasa Yoga at home on an app but I have never tried or heard of Iyengar Yoga.
I attended the Iyengar Yoga class on Wednesday 10.30am, there is also an evening class on the same day.
Iyengar Yoga focuses on precision and alignment, is it all about breath and posture- great for improving strength in muscles.
For this class, you need (and this is provided) a yoga matt, a thicker matt for torso work, blocks, pillow bolsters and a belt. So a lot of equipment that I have not really used (other than a yoga matt) which I found a bit daunting as I did not know what I was going to be doing with it.
But I did not need to worry as this is all calmly explained by the lovely teacher. I started on my front doing leg and feet stretches which I needed to do as I had really bad feet cramp.
Using the equipment was definitely different but I felt and understood the benefits of it.
After that, we slowly worked through a range of poses (which I forget the names of) that worked various muscles in different parts of the body. As I do yoga at home, I thought I would find this easy but boy it was hard. It does push you and work your core, but you only work to where you can manage- I just like to push myself to see how far I can go.
As well as physical, yoga also has benefits of mental health and I did feel relaxed as I was breathing through the session. When I woke up before the class, I did have a feeling of anxiety and that washed away during and after the class.
Saying that now, I am still calm as I write this but I can definitely feel muscles that I did not know that I had. I did really enjoy Iyengar Yoga and I have decided to book the class to go again, so I might make it a regular thing and maybe bring my own yoga matt.
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