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Level 2 Iyengar Yoga Certified Teacher
Iyengar yoga is named after and developed over 75 years ago by B.K.S. Iyengar who was a direct disciple of T. Krishnamacharya. Together with Pattabhi Jois(who developed Ashtanga yoga), he was partly responsible for bringing the practice of modern yoga, as we know it now, to the West.
Iyengar Yoga is differentiated from other methods by a worldwide, standardized system of instruction. Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers (CIYTs) undergo years of rigorous training and evaluation to earn their certifications. Only CIYTs are permitted to describe their method of instruction as Iyengar Yoga. CIYTs are trained to provide clear demonstrations of each posture and are skilled in using simple props to maximize the opening and awareness of the body, providing support to the less flexible and extra extension to the more advanced student.
The Iyengar Yoga method is renowned for its focus on precision, timing, sequences and use of props. BKS Iyengar created props such as bolsters, benches, bricks, straps, ropes and sand bags to help students experience the full benefits of asana and pranayama.
Iyengar Yoga will help you to achieve mental, physical and spiritual stability and strength.
In an Iyengar Yoga class, you can expect detailed instructions from the teacher, who will often demonstrate poses to help students deepen their understanding of the postures and develop an overall awareness of body and self. You will also be encouraged to work at your own capacity, and deal with injuries or conditions you may be working with.
3rd Generation Classical Pilates Teacher
Joseph Pilates > Romana Kryzanowska > Natasha Madel > Tracy-Sue du Plessis
Classical Pilates refers to the traditional series of exercises designed by Joseph Pilates, performed in the precise sequence he had intended, with the purpose of achieving complete coordination of body, mind and spirit.
The classic Pilates mat and reformer takes your body through all planes of motion and addresses every joint in a flowing, structured workout. Note the word “workout”.
The system uses both compound and simple movements and low repetition to accomplish full body training.
The transitions between exercises are exercises in themselves. Joseph Pilates’ intention of his original work was to keep the work one continuous flowing and seamless movement. It’s fluid and efficient.
Joseph Pilates’ exercises are executed in the order he created with his vision of health in mind. The repertoire, tempo, rhythm, energy, transitions and the order of exercise were Joe’s vision of health.
Pilates is everywhere these days but are you getting a true effective full body workout?
There are endless adaptations of Pilates currently offered at studios and gyms, but Classical Pilates is considered to be the practice in its truest form.
Classical Pilates classes do require ample apparatus. Apart from the commonly known Reformer, there are so many pieces of functional Pilates apparatus like the Tower/Wall unit, Toe and Foot Correctors, NeckTenser Meters, Electric Chairs, Arm Chairs, Wunda Chairs and more.
Teachers are required to complete and practice the full body of work (from basic to advance level – 600hrs training) on all pieces of apparatus, this ensures full understanding of how the exercises are linked and how the system works.
That’s not to say the mat is redundant, though. “Whether you are using Pilates apparatus or your own body’s resistance on the mat, the series will not leave a muscle or joint unattended. Pilates stretches and strengthens simultaneously to improve co-ordination and efficiency of movement as well as creating that long, sculpted look.”
Pilates Beginner: For those who have completed their 3 mandatory private sessions and continuing with the classes. These are entry level classes.
Pilates Beginners / Intermediate: For those progressing on from beginners’ level.
Pilates Intermediate / Advanced: For those who have built up strength and have been attending Pilates classes long enough to have an understanding of the exercises and equipment.
Yoga Slow & Steady: Suitable for those with limitations, problems/concerns or injuries. This class uses prop and the pace is slower. It is also a great class to start if you are unsure or unconfident.
Yoga Level 1 / 2: These classes are of a mixed level and accommodating for all with the use of props or modifications.
Dynamic Yoga: A faster and continuous movement class for those with Yoga experience.