It is a real delight to get back to teaching my Iyengar yoga groups on Monday evenings and Thursday mornings. Although some students have been doing Zoom classes we all agree that being ‘face to face’ – although distanced – is so much better for our well-being. Our yoga mats give a good estimating tool for 2 metres. Both classes can be accommodated in the rooms allocated and open windows and doors provide good ventilation. Students may want to wear warmer clothing than usual to allow for this increased ventilation when the weather is cooler. They may also wear masks in the classes if they wish, but I do not. The Iyengar Teaching Association advised that we can teach more than 6 people as we come under the category of “studios or gyms” in a Covid safe environment, and Shrewsbury House has put measures in place to make the rooms and foyer as safe as possible. I have all the contact details of the groups on registers which are taken at the beginning of the class.
The sessions have changed because I am not making any physical adjustments to students so I have to ensure that I can see individuals and be clear in my verbal instructions and demonstrations of yoga poses so that they understand and work safely. We are not using or touching the walls or the chairs as before, and all students have their own mats and necessary equipment, so none is lent out. Their yoga is definitely ‘on the mat’. Careful planning of the content of the classes is important to allow for this. Some poses specifically benefit the immune system and I emphasise this during our practice. Also emphasised is the fact that in yoga we are encouraged to breathe through our noses and not our mouths. We will use the yoga chairs in the near future and they will be sanitised before and after use.
Although we are not mingling socially, we all appreciate the opportunity to be in a group once more with a unified aim. There is that sense of camaraderie before and after class. But during it, we all concentrate, there is no chat! As we know, there are huge benefits to the body, mind and spirit from yoga practice and these are particularly important during these difficult times.
Unfortunately, however, I cannot accept any new students at the present time because of the need to restrict numbers. I have never had to turn students away before and hopefully in the future new students can be accommodated in the groups.
I can be contacted either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or text 07487864145 or phone 0208 855 6587.
Mondays 7.00pm to 8.30pm
Thursdays 10am to 11.30am
Contact: Cressida Senkus
Phone: 020 8855 6587
Cost: £9.00 waged, £7.00 unwaged (adults only)
This is a general, mixed age and ability Iyengar Yoga class. It includes standing poses, sitting poses and some inversions. All students are encouraged to work safely and to their individual ability, resulting in improved posture, felxibility and a clamer state of mind.
The Iyengar method of yoga is named after our teacher B.K.S. Iyengar. Through the practice of a sequential system of standing and sitting poses - asanas - it aims to unite the body, mind and breathe to encourage health and well-being. Iyengar yoga places great importance on precise alignment of the body to ensure that students are working safely, with maximum benefit to strength, stamina and flexibility. It encourages calmness and improves concentration.
Classes start with simple poses, gradually moving towards more challenging asanas and end with a period of relaxation, focussing on the breath.
All my classes are suitable for beginners or those with more experience - you don’t have to book but you can call me before coming if you wish.
I started attending Iyengar yoga classes 30 years ago when my children were small. All teachers of Iyengar yoga are trained to high standards and in 1997 I began my 2 year Introductory Teacher Training course, before starting to teach Iyengar yoga for Bexley Adult Education.
I have been to the Iyengar Yoga Institute in India, twice, for the month-long courses that are held there and felt honoured to be taught by the Iyengar family and to be among so many students who learned their yoga by the passing on of such great teachings.
I feel extremely fortunate to be Iyengar teaching yoga at Shrewsbury House. I live within walking distance and came to Adult Education yoga classes here over 20 years ago and have taught here for about 10 years. How lucky we are to have clean, warm, airy spaces in which to practice this ancient system of poses that bring harmony to mind, body and breath.