Following our post about our home yoga studio, we want to talk specifically about one teacher and her method of teaching. She has really influenced our lives. She’s quite an impressive human being. She is a nurse that now uses her extensive knowledge to teach yoga. She’s one of the strongest women I know and her charming sense of honesty sets her apart. When I was going through a stressful time in my life, she was there, offered her advice (a true wake up call), never judged, and was what a true friend should be- brutally honest, but infinitely kind.
On top of all of this, she is a wonderful yoga instructor. When my sisters and I started with her, we were mainly doing hot vinyasa flow, which is still a huge part of my practice, but Natalia’s Iyengar classes are incorporated into every active thing I do, including the way I sit and stand. I can’t even begin to explain how to do this, but if you’re interested in making sure you have the yoga fundamentals down, look into Iygengar yoga and if you’re lucky enough to be near OKC/Norman check out her class.
I’m posting this brief Iyengar yoga guide when my friends ask about my workouts, I tell them about Natalia’s class and a lot of them haven’t heard of Iyengar yoga.
The main reasons that I like this style of yoga:
- It’s not a stressful workout, but it’s so effective for leaning out and getting strong.
- It helps with my flexibility and strength at the same time. Most work outs will help you get stronger, but they will also leave you feeling tight and in need of stretching afterwards.
- All you need is twenty minutes and you can do it without any equipment. This makes it great for a quick workout in the morning to start my day or an evening wind down session.
- Iyengar is about much more than working out. In addition to the poses, Iyengar (like most yoga styles) addresses the mind as well as the body.
There are so many other reasons why I like it, but these are the ones that set it apart from my other work outs and make it a part of my daily routine. If you wish to learn more about Iyengar yoga, you can click here.
This isn’t to discourage you from other work outs. I believe every type of work out has something different and positive to contribute to our bodies, and just like the diets we talked about in an early post, you have to find what works for you.
These are a few of the poses (based on Natalia’s class) and a short video to show you how to do them.
Pyramid Pose: Ardha Parsvottanasana
Extended Triangle Pose: Utthita Trikonasana
Warrior II Pose: Virabhadrasana II
Extended Side Angle Pose: Utthita Parsvakonasana
As we said in the video, we are not professional yoga instructors, and we strongly suggest you check out official resources for better instructions. Also, this is by no far an extensive list of poses. There are just three featured ones that really help us stretch and get strong.
We listed Natalia information below. We highly recommend her group private lessons!
Hopefully you enjoyed this tutorial! Next week, we will share some more poses and Dominique will do them in a video. Happy Health Day-Hump Day, or Workout Wednesday, whichever you prefer!
❤️The Sloddgerz Sisters