Iyengar Yoga at Mission Beach has been operating since 2007
Classes are taught in The Progress Association hall, with its beautiful timber dance floor, a timber structure with windows opening out to the sea breezes. The hall is nestled amongst tall trees and is on the foreshore at North Mission Beach.
Jan Watson has been teaching Hatha yoga since 1992 and exclusively in the Iyengar style since 1997. Iyengar yoga is known for its scientific methods, accurate practice and dedication
There are 3 defining aspects of Iyengar Yoga; Technique, Sequencing and Timing.
Techniques teach correct placement and correct body alignment
Sequencing is the order of practice; this can be for the season, age, for a desired effect or for injury.
Timing is the length of time required to maximize the benefits of each asana. This is different for different asanas, some are held for 30-60 seconds, some for 5-10 minutes.
There is no distinction between one yoga and another. They all have the same roots and they all have the same purpose. The methodology of different teachers is what brings the different systems or styles to light.
Every asana requires a three-fold effort: a combination of action, breath and thought.
Yoga practice is a boon to all … for younger students it’s more energetic; you jump higher and move quicker. For older students you may not jump as high or move as quick but it is important that you do keep moving, so joints are kept subtle and energy is maintained.
The ultimately aim to still that busy head, that is, to quieten the mind.
.Yoga Asanas are classified under:
Standing poses to give foundation
Seated poses to allievate stiffness in knees, ankles, hips
Forward bending to bring calmness
Twisting poses maintain the function of internal organs
Back bending to stimulate the central nervous system
Inverting to energise and stablise circulation
Prone positions are restful
Relaxation or Savasana concludes each class.
Pranayama is breath control
“Yoga is a remarkably logical system of self development, physical, mental and spiritual. It teaches that the body is the temple of the living spirit and that in bringing it close as possible to a state of physical perfection, man removes the greatest obstacle in his path of mental and spiritual progress.” Michael Volin: Essence of Yoga 1963
* How to get there: Driving north along Porters Promenade, just past the shops, turn right into the Caravan Park, beach side, then directly left into the car park … the hall is ahead.