Iyengar Yoga Classes with Rain
Rain is an experienced international yoga teacher offering regular classes, workshops and retreats to students of all levels and abilities.
The Iyengar Method
The Iyengar method is classical Hatha yoga with a focus on aligning and integrating the whole being.
In class students use a variety props – chairs, ropes, bolsters, and blocks – to enhance learning and to increase the chance to feel the many benefits available from regular practice.
The intelligent combination of technique, sequencing and timing makes this practice powerful for students to understand and to progress safely.
More About Rain
Rain is a certified Iyengar, classical Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga teacher.
Her expanded world view has been significantly influenced by living in Asia for 25 years, more than three decades of intense yoga study and teaching, studies in existential psychology, philosophy, (she is a clinical Logotherapist – Viktor Frankl’s theory and therapy), quantum physics, and creating art – abstract and street art.
For Rain yoga is a gift, a privilege and a celebration of life itself. Before being invited to offer workshops and teacher trainings in Shanghai 20-something years ago, Rain taught extensively in the United States, Hong Kong, Europe and South Africa. She initially certified in southern India as a traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher and, later, approaching her middle years, switched to classical Hatha yoga. Along the way providence struck, as it does, and she found herself in a pivotal private audience with B.K.S Iyengar at his Institute in Pune. After that she studied with him until he died in 2014.
Rain’s Tips to assist your yoga journey
- Be discerning when choosing a teacher. Great teachers invite students to cultivate a life of growth and possibility, not fear and familiarity.
- Take regular quiet time to collect your scattered pieces.
- If we don’t continue to develop ourselves then we must endure persistent restlessness.
- We can’t hide: yoga quickly draws our habits, ignorance and imperfections to the surface for reflection.
- Be sure to create a steady foundation so that your developing awareness doesn’t overwhelm you.
- Yoga is not, and should not, be about the teacher, even if the level of tuition you receive is high. Teacher cannot progress you, it is only your personal commitment to your own practice that will advance your development.
- No yoga school or tradition can ever be all of yoga. Mind you don’t get stuck…
- We get better at filtering what we expose ourselves to the more aware we become.
- Rigidly sticking to outdated methods or techniques is limiting, it denies you access to current knowledge and wisdom.
- When you practice, try do so from your quietest place.
- There are no short cuts to learning yoga, it takes time… likely a lifetime!
- If there is no suitable teacher to guide you grab the opportunity to teach yourself, it will quickly inform you if you’re up for the journey.
- Practice alone more – no audience, no distractions.
- Keep upgrading yourself.
- Walk forward, even if you are alone in your pursuit.
- If you happen to meet a teacher who lights a fire in you, acknowledge it with gratitude – it is your gift.
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