The Iyengar method is well-known for its demonstration, instruction, and correction process. The process includes: introduction of new poses, demonstration and instruction in the proper method of executing the pose, understanding the use of props and other aids to correctly execute the pose, teacher assistance and correction of the student’s pose.
This teacher-student synergy brings new awareness to the student’s practice in two ways:
• by introducing new poses to the student in a structured and organized manner
• by bringing focused attention to the details of familiar poses.
This instructional process is at the heart of the Iyengar teaching philosophy and serves as the basis for my teaching.
Vinyasas are poses flowing from one to another, in a sequence, without stopping. Vinyasas are enjoyable in a meditative way, because the flow is pure movement.
I frequently include vinyasas toward the end of the session. It is an opportunity to enjoy the movement qualities of yoga, and enter a state of awareness that is body-oriented instead of mind-oriented.
At the end of every session is a relaxation period. This time allows muscles through-out the body to release any tension accumulated during the practice, and encourages the mind to be at peace. Relaxation fosters a body-mind connection resulting from the physical awareness of the session. The customary pose for relaxation is the Corpse pose, known in Sanskrit as Savasana.