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Beginners Yoga class in Auchtertool Village Hall

Looking to try yoga for the first time? Come and join Jo Mitchell for an Iyengar Yoga class in Auchtertool Village Hall which is suitable for all levels of experience, including beginners.

The class meets on Tuesdays at 9.30am to 10.30am during the school term times. Class is available in class blocks or drop in bookings. The next 6 week class block starts on Tuesday 9th January and runs until Tuesday 13th February. The class block is £45 or you can do drop ins for £10.

If you are thinking about giving yoga a try, just wear some comfortable clothing that doesn't restrict your movement and come along and give it a go.

All equipment is provided by Jo and you'll need to complete a health declaration form prior to attending.

What is Iyengar yoga?

The Iyengar yoga system of teaching is methodical and progressive, emphasising detailed correctness and safety. You can find out more on the IYENGAR YOGA UK website.

When necessary, props such as blocks, blankets, belts and bolsters are used. These allow you, the student, to progress in your practice of postures, safely at your own pace, suiting your body.

Beginners work in a basic way on simple postures according to their capabilities. As beginners develop their yoga practice, 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. Jo will gradually introduce Pranayama (breath control) once you have a firm foundation of Asana practice.

Iyengar Yoga practice helps you to relax and energizes the body and mind, bringing vitality, flexibility, strength, concentration, self-confidence and mental calm. It can help you overcome and prevent many stresses, strains, aches and pains. It promotes a firm foundation for health and well-being.

What will I need for my first Beginners yoga class?

Just need to wear comfortable clothing that won't restrict your movement. You should also be prepared to practise in bare feet.

Why do I need to do yoga in bare feet?

Yoga is about developing awareness and sensitivity in the body. Connection to your feet and the soles of your feet is an important basic principle. Socks will impede this. However if you are uncomfortable about being in bare feet, then just mention this to Jo at the start of the class.

What do I need to do before my first yoga class at Auchtertool Village Hall?

If you would like to come and try a class, please contact Jo on 07801493974 or email

Health: You should tell Jo if you have medical conditions, such as post-operative conditions, hypertension, heart problems, high or low blood pressure, back, neck or knee problems, menstrual disorders etc when you complete your health declaration form prior to attending your first class. She will then be able to offer adaptations or alternative poses for you to do.

Before your class: You should not eat for at least two hours before an Iyengar yoga class, or four hours in the case of a heavy meal.

Do I have to be young and fit for a beginners yoga class?

Not at all! Iyengar yoga is for anyone irrespective of age, gender, health, religion and circumstances in life. Iyengar yoga is not competitive and you won’t be judged against other people. A distinctive feature of Iyengar yoga is the use of equipment, called props, which helps you develop strength, flexibility and control in a posture in order to achieve your full potential. In this way you will work to your maximum ability within a general mixed class. The teacher is trained to select the correct prop and to supervise individual students.

‘Yoga is for all. Nobody should be denied the opportunity to experience its benevolence’

~ BKS Iyengar

Iyengar Yoga student in Virabhadrasana 2 (warrior 2) pose
Iyengar Yoga is suitable for all ages

What can I expect to do during an Iyengar yoga class?

Iyengar yoga is characterised by precision and alignment in the execution of the postures (asanas), sequencing of the asanas towards a desired result, timing in the length of time the asanas are held for maximum benefit, and the use of props if required to help a student gain the maximum benefit from each asana.

Students will often say they walk away from an Iyengar yoga class feeling straighter and full of energy, despite having worked quite hard.

Group Iyengar Yoga class with props used to help achieve benefits of the pose.
Props are used to help everyone access the benefits of the pose. This is Virasana (hero pose) and props can be used to increase the height required for kneeling.

What is an Iyengar Yoga Teacher and what's involved in their training?

Jo Mitchell is a Level 1 Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. It takes years to become an Iyengar Yoga Teacher. Just like the yoga, it cannot be rushed. You can read more about high standard of training of Iyengar Yoga teachers which in turn ensures a good record of safety for the students.

This symbol above indicates that a teacher is a fully qualified Iyengar Yoga teacher.

Jo Mitchell is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher

To find out more visit or get in touch with Jo on 07801493974.

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