"Having a disability that causes my muscles to atrophy, Iyengar yoga has proven to be a perfect alternative therapy for me. The teachers at Yoga North have been ridiculously accommodating, using their creativity to come up with variations on the poses that cater to my limitations while still encouraging progress. The intelligence & depth with which they help me treat my condition is mind blowing. Their focus on the cause rather than the symptom is refreshing. Aside from the obvious physical benefits, it is also a fabulous tool in my quest for mental & emotional integrity. I'd like to thank each and every one of you for your attention and inspiration, you treat me too well!"
"I had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and was looking for a fitness rejuvenation to help me with my health recovery. [My Iyengar yoga teacher] gave me hope and encouragement. It has been inspiring and it is something that I do just for me. It helps me remain calm, objective and obviously well stretched. [The teachers] are dedicated individuals who have helped me back to health through a journey of renewal. Thank you."
"The instructors are great. My body and mind are are both stronger."
"Yoga North teachers are excellent, each with similar but different ways of helping us position our bodies safely for the full benefit of each pose. Iyengar yoga helps to decrease stress and increase flexibility, strength and balance. Iyengar teachers are well educated to protect students from hurting themselves and to help them actually recover from problems. I am a physician and recommend Iyengar yoga or even specific poses to my patients and friends."
"I like the quality of instructors and their sense of humour -- all different, all high quality, and all have a sense of humour. Yoga has brought a deep sense of well-being and happiness."
"I enjoy the personal attention each of us receives."
"All the teachers at Yoga North have helped me. They are a dedicated lot and continually work hard to expand their knowledge of the Iyengar method. I'm grateful for all the help provided to me and for the friendships I've made. Yoga has, indeed, improved my strength and well-being. I couldn't do without it."
WHY I PRACTICE IYENGAR YOGA
by Drew Perry
When I first began to practice, I liked the physical work, but found that new or difficult poses were often accompanied by thoughts of resistance, confusion or conflict rather than the feelings of stillness I expected.
SO...YOU WANT TO BE A YOGA TEACHER
by Val Paape
The popularity of yoga has resulted in many more people being interested in becoming yoga teachers. At Yoga North, we frequently get inquiries into our teacher training program. Interestingly, many of those making the inquiry have never done yoga or have only done yoga from a videotape or a book.
YOGA PRACTICE TIPS
by Val Paape
There are many asanas that we like to do and many asanas that we avoid doing at home and dislike doing in class. Many of the asanas that are difficult for us and cause discomfort or even pain, are very important for us to practise because they directly affect our stiff, weak or problem areas.