Iyengar yoga,
Human anatomy and physiology
In-person and online classes, led practices and private sessions
Iyengar yoga sessions

Online, Zoom sessions Photo: typical home equipment
Monday 10–11:30am: Level 2 class. You attend classes and do Sarvangasana.
Wednesday 7–8:15am: Led Practice, minimal instruction. You are a Level 2/3 student.
Wednesday 10–11:15am: Level 1–2 class. You have done at least a Beginners course.
Level 2–3 class at Yoga Jai
Tuesday 6:45–8:15am: Level 2–3 class. Bookings not needed but check with me before that the level suits you.. You have attended classes regularly and have a solid practice, which includes Sirsasana and Sarvangasana. Yoga Jai: 105 Rutherford Street, Nelson.
Private sessions
Two options: (1) Receive one-on-one, personal attention, to learn how to practice effectively and mindfully, deepen your yoga and/or work with issues and injuries. (2) Like the first option but you will also receive an illustrated programme for self-practice.
Workshops: Yoga days with Sue 2020
Full-day workshops run in Nelson for Level 2–3 students. These are a chance to take your practice and commitment to another level. Theme for November workshop: the hips. I'm also running one on Friday, September 11 in Wellington; contact me for details.
Yoga prices
Online sessions for general students
Level 2: Monday 10–11:30am
Led practice: Wednesday
7–8:15am
Level 2: $15
Led practice: $10
Online 1¼ hr session
Wednesday 10–11:15am
$12
Private sessions, in person
Option 1: a 1-hour session
Option 2: a session plus personal programme
Option 1: $80
Option 2: $100
In-person class at Yoga Jai
Level 2–3: Tuesday
6:45–8:15am

5- and 10- session cards
expire in 3 months

$18 casual
Cards: $83, $150
Anatomy and physiology
for health professionals and trainees
Using high-quality medical models and real materials, we study the theory, and then bring the knowledge to the yoga mat, to build a foundation on which to base a yoga, massage or other body-work teaching and practice. 36 hours.

Course runs over 3 weekends.
2020 course cancelled due to Covid-19.

Contact me for details about 2021 course

About me
I've been a qualified Iyengar yoga teacher since the 1990s, and hold a Junior Intermediate Level 2 certificate. Recently, I completed a 3-year Iyengar Yoga Therapy course, and have studied at RIMYI in Pune, India.

My yoga is nourished by workshops, retreats and classes run by senior Iyengar yoga teachers – Geeta Iyengar, Pixie Lilas, Glenn Ceresoli, Gulnaaz Dashti and our NZ teachers.

My expertise in human anatomy and physiology traces to years of teaching nursing students, as well as graduates, at polytechnics. I hold a Certificate in Adult Teaching, as well as a BSc and a PhD in biology.

The human mind and body fascinate me, and I'm grateful to be able to share the learning journey.
About me
I've been a qualified Iyengar yoga teacher since the 1990s, and hold a Junior Intermediate Level 2 certificate. Recently, I completed a 3-year Iyengar Yoga Therapy course, and have studied at RIMYI in Pune, India.

My yoga is nourished by workshops, retreats and classes run by senior Iyengar Yoga teachers – Geeta Iyengar, Pixie Lilas, Glenn Ceresoli, Gulnaaz Dashti and our NZ teachers.

My expertise in human anatomy and physiology traces to years of teaching nursing students, as well as graduates, at polytechnics. I hold a Certificate in Adult Teaching, as well as a BSc and a PhD in biology.

The human mind and body fascinate me, and I'm grateful to be able to share the learning journey.
Iyengar Yoga
Yogacharya Sri B.K.S. Iyengar was born in Bellur, India in 1918. A student of Krishnamacharya, he went on to develop a style of hatha yoga that emphasises precision and alignment. Simple props are used to maximise the opening and awareness of the body, providing support to the less flexible and extra extension to more advanced students. Instructions adhere to a world-wide standard, and teachers undergo rigorous assessment to earn their qualifications.

As more and more people adopted Iyengar yoga, BKS wrote numerous books to record the evolving teachings, beginning with the classic Light on Yoga.
Iyengar Yoga is now the most practiced form of yoga in the world.

See our NZ community's website for more about Iyengar yoga: http://iyengar-yoga.org.nz/.
Why learn Iyengar Yoga?
[In one study comparing brand-new yogis and seasoned walkers after 3 months], beginning [Iyengar] yogis experienced major rises in [GABA], … a neurotransmitter that tends to promote relaxation and reduce anxiety, along with improved moods and lessened anxiety …
better than the [effects observed in] the walkers.
Yoga Alliance endorses a category of training that requires … about 3 months … [but Iyengar] requires candidates for teacher training to have studied the style for a minimum of 3 years, and then trains them for a minimum of 2 years and administers [Introductory teacher] examinations … It is the Iyengar people who have redesigned some of yoga's most dangerous poses. Teacher training puts much emphasis on how to lessen the risks.
The Science of Yoga: the risks and rewards, by William J Broad

[one of] the most suitable options for people with orthopedic and musculoskeletal problems… [The outcomes of] clinical trials … showed that a well-designed yoga program not only decreased the perceived intensity of back pain, but also improved people's ability to accomplish their daily tasks.
… to become an Iyengar instructor [requires] lengthy teacher-training programs… about 5 years before aspiring Iyengar teachers [are] allowed to call themselves instructors …[and] reaching junior instructor level [can] take a decade of work and testing.
Crooked: Outwitting the back pain industry and getting on the road
to recovery
, by Cathryn Jakobson Ramin


Ramin [author of Crooked, above], who suffered from chronic lower-back pain for years, credits her recovery to a series of "back whisperers". They include personal trainers, Iyengar yoga teachers … Iyengar yoga is 'a purely orthopaedic style of yoga'.
—There's good news for sufferers of chronic lower-back pain, by Ruth Nichol in The Listener.
See https://www.noted.co.nz


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