National Iyengar Yoga Day is a fantastic opportunity to get a taste of the practice and discover why we're all hooked. Despite the wintery weather, we opened our doors to dozens of newcomers who were curious to find out more about Iyengar Yoga.
I was delighted to meet so many fresh faces at our taster session on Saturday 14th January to mark National Iyengar Yoga Day. Every year, yoga centres across the UK and Ireland celebrate National Iyengar Yoga Day and offer free classes to their local communities. For all of us who teach and practice at the Iyengar Yoga Institute South London, it was a wonderful opportunity to start the new year as we mean to go on - introducing more people to the enjoyable and rewarding practice of Iyengar Yoga.
The morning started out rainy and cold so we wondered who would venture out to join us on a such a dreary winter's day. By 9am, our hall was at capacity with 28 students - a real range of ages and roughly half men, half women. We were really pleased to see this mix of new people.
It was a lively and enjoyable class, which I like to think left everyone feeling energised and keen to come back for more. Hopefully, everyone got a feel for the variety that is Iyengar Yoga - varied pace with some poses taught slowly, in detail and with careful and considered use of props and other poses, to a slightly faster tempo. As ever, we ended the session with a peaceful set of restorative poses.
It was great to receive so many thankful and positive comments. I'm fairly sure that we did a good job of introducing Iyengar Yoga to our newcomers and judging by how our classes are booking up, many are already hooked!
Thank you to our dedicated teachers and to everyone who took the trouble to join us on such a chilly Saturday morning. I look forward to practising Iyengar Yoga with you again very soon.