Beginners Iyengar Yoga Classes in Fife

Iyengar Yoga Classes

Feel better with Iyengar Yoga.

Iyengar Yoga is a world wide system of Yoga that can help body alignment and posture, allowing you to feel better, more balanced and stronger.

You don’t need to be flexible to attend an Iyengar Yoga class. It’s a safe and progressive method, suitable for beginners, to introduce you to the vast subject of Yoga. 

If you would like to try an Iyengar Yoga class, you will need to complete a Health Declaration Form to let me, the teacher know about any health conditions or minor injuries. It also helps me plan the class and any variations required. Once you are signed up, I will send you the link to complete this form. 

Classes are offered in class blocks to help you see and feel progression. Iyengar Yoga will develop your body intelligence. This takes time.  Find out more about class blocks below.

Upcoming Classes

Online General Level class Monday 9.30am

Beginners Yoga Class Auchtertool Village Hall Tuesday 9.30am

Beginners Yoga Class Yoga on Tay, Newport on Tay Wednesday 6pm.

Beginners Yoga Class Strive in Kirkcaldy, Friday 9.30am. 

Teen Yoga at Strive Health, Kirkcaldy, Friday 2pm.

Adult Yoga classes suitable for beginners in Kirkcaldy.Kirkcaldy

Great start to your week Monday online Yoga classes.

Looking for a smaller class size? Sign up for a home studio class with maximum of 4 students. 

After School Kids Yoga club and Teen Yoga class. 

Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher

Hi I’m Jo Mitchell and I’m a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher. I have undergone 4 years of teacher training to achieve this and attended class regularly for 3 years prior to being accepted onto the teacher training course. This extensive teacher training of the Iyengar Yoga system, ensures my yoga classes are a safe and welcoming place to start your yoga journey. If you have any questions about a class or Iyengar Yoga, please get in touch. 

Iyengar Yoga is known for its precision and alignment of the postures, sequencing of the postures, for the length of time the postures are held for maximum benefit and for the use of props where they are needed. It is a powerful and sophisticated discipline that can be practiced at all stages of life. 

Practice helps you to relax and energizes the body and mind, bringing vitality, flexibility, strength, concentration, self-confidence and mental calm.

 

Iyengar yoga concentrates on postural alignment and body awareness. This is not just for the alignment of one body part with another, but also for the proper functioning of the human being. If the body is aligned with precision then the breath is aligned with the same precision. If the breath is balanced then the mind, emotions and senses become balanced. Find out more about the benefits of yoga.

Iyengar yoga is firmly based in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, an Indian sage who lived about 2000 years ago. The one-line statements of the Yoga Sutras guide the yoga practitioner towards peace of mind and harmony and ultimately to bliss (Samadhi). The philosophy is explained in several of Mr. Iyengar’s books. The simplest is perhaps in the introduction of Mr. Iyengar’s book Light on Yoga. However, other descriptions can be found, with different emphasis, in his other books such as Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, his translation of the Yoga Sutras, Tree of YogaLight on Ashtanga Yoga and the latest publication Light on Life.

Some writers and practitioners have split yoga into raja yoga, jnana yoga, bhakti yoga and hatha yoga. They consider each to be separate schools of practice. Mr. Iyengar followed the teaching of Patanjali in that he considered raja, jnana, bhakti and hatha to be constituent parts of the whole practice of yoga, not to be practiced individually. The second chapter of the Yoga Sutras begins with a definition of Kriya Yoga, the yoga of action, which has three tiers, tapas (self-discipline), svadhayaya (self-study), Isvara pranidhana (surrender to God). Kriya Yoga includes the three great paths of yoga: karma marga (the path of action), jnana marga (the path of knowledge), bhakti marga (the path of devotion). Those of us who practice Iyengar yoga practice Kriya Yoga. Mr. Iyengar described his yoga as Patanjali Yoga, however it is commonly known as Iyengar yoga, giving credit to his teaching and example. Find out more about Iyengar Yoga.

I would recommend clothing that doesn’t restrict your movement and several layers.  You can get quite hot during a class depending on the types of poses chosen for that particular class. I would recommend a warm top layer that you can put on for the Savasana, which is the final pose of any class. Your body temperature can drop as you lie down and rest so it’s great to have an additional layer to hand. You should expect to practice in bare feet. 

The Iyengar yoga system of teaching is methodical and progressive, emphasising detailed correctness and absolute safety.

When necessary, props such as bricks, blankets, belts and bolsters are used. These allow students to progress in their practice of postures safely at their own pace, to suit their body. Beginners work in a basic way on simple postures according to their capabilities. As they develop they then move on to more refined ways of working as well as to more complex postures.

Iyengar yoga is suitable for all types of people, abilities and levels of fitness
You’ll learn through a carefully graded and systematic programme of Asana (posture), suited to your ability.
Teachers gradually introduce Pranayama (breath control) once students have a firm foundation of Asana practice.
Practice helps you to relax and energizes the body and mind, bringing vitality, flexibility, strength, concentration, self-confidence and mental calm.
Iyengar yoga can help you overcome and prevent many stresses, strains, aches and pains. It promotes a firm foundation for health and well-being.

Clare Mitchell

I really enjoy Jo’s Yoga class. I’ve been going since she started teaching. Its the first I had ever tried yoga. I didn’t quite know how I was going to take to it but I love it. It energises me. It relaxes me. It keeps my joints for stiffening up. It keeps my muscles strengthened and its all round a good thing to try. So if you are thinking of trying it, I recommend trying one of Jo’s classes. 

Clare Mitchell, May 2023

The benefits of Iyengar Yoga

Iyengar Yoga can help you feel energised. Iyengar Yoga can also help create focus and calm. Through  Iyengar Yoga, you can create different changes in the body. 

How does this happen?

Iyengar Yoga is systematic and progressive, helping you build strength and stability. It’s about developing alignment and balance in your body and developing sensitivity and awareness in your yoga practice. Progress is slow but assured with regular practice. 

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Feel lighter and calmer

Many people report feeling lighter and calmer after leaving an Iyengar Yoga class. 

The sequence of poses varies from class to class and teacher to teacher. The method of creating alignment helps generate space and extension in the body. 

Iyengar Yoga is known for its precision and alignment of the postures, sequencing of the postures, for the length of time the postures are held for maximum benefit and for the use of props where they are needed. It is a powerful and sophisticated discipline that can be practiced at all stages of life.