What are the benefits of yoga?


Increased strength
Increased flexibility
Decreased pulse rate
Balanced blood pressure (not too high nor too low)
Increased respiratory efficiency
Normalized endocrine & gastro-intestinal function
Improved posture
Improved joint range of motion
Normalized weight
Improved sleep
Increased immunity
Decreased pain level
Improved balance

Improved concentration
Improved cognitive function
Improved ability to learn
Improved memory
Stress relief
More energy
Ability to relax at will

Why Iyengar Yoga?

This method emphasizes correct body alignment in all the yoga postures. All bodies are different, and the Iyengar teachers are trained to teach each individual student how to adjust the postures to suit each individual person.

What is a beginning class like?

We practice barefoot on mats. Standing postures are emphasized to bring strength to the legs. The teacher explains every posture in a simple and clear way. You will learn proper body position as well as techniques to encourage relaxation.

What do I wear to a yoga class?

Because of the emphasis on alignment, it is helpful if the teacher sees your body (especially your legs and knees). Please wear shorts or exercise leggings and a t-shirt or fitness top. Please do not wear baggy clothes (over-sized t-shirts, baggy pants, or pants that drag the floor). Shorts or fitted pants are more conducive to yoga practice. You will need to be able to see your knees.

Is yoga a religion?

No. Yoga is the process of integrating mind, body and spirit. Everyone can practice yoga, regardless of religious background or belief system.

What is the difference between Iyengar yoga and other styles of yoga?

Iyengar yoga is very practical. You will develop strength, endurance, flexibility and relaxation by paying close attention to body alignment in each asana. We emphasize standing poses to build strong legs, improve circulation, increase vitality, and improve coordination and balance.

Meditation occurs as the practitioner becomes absorbed in the moment through attention to postural alignment and breath movement. As the mind, body and breath unite, the practitioner moves into a meditative state. The practice leads to self-exploration and one becomes aware of physical tension patterns and psychological resistance. Through regular practice the student's inner awareness is enhanced and the ability to relax and concentrate is improved.

In Iyengar yoga, candle gazing, incense burning, or music, often associated with yoga, are not used.

How do I know what level class is right for me?

Everyone who is new to Evergreen Yoga or the Iyengar method, should start with Introductory or Level 1 classes.

The Intro classes are similar to Level 1 classes, but move at a more gentle pace. If you are a brand-new student and can sit, stand, walk, and get up from the floor easily, you can start at Level 1.

For Level 2 classes, you need to have developed a strong foundation in the Level 1 classes. You will be expected to understand the vocabulary of the Iyengar method. You should also be able to do sirsasana (headstand) and sarvangasana (shoulderstand) in order to participate. (If you cannot practice headstand and shoulderstand due to a physical condition, speak to the teacher; she will give you alternate postures that fit your needs.)

If I have problems with my health, can I practice yoga at Evergreen?

A student who pays attention to the teacher and who practices intelligently will not harm, but will often help, a weakened physical condition. If you have a physical problem or medical condition, please inform your teacher before class begins or call ahead, so that the teacher can give you the proper attention.

Am I too old for yoga?

No one is too old for yoga. Our teachers are trained to meet you where you are. If you have any concerns about starting yoga, contact us ahead of time.

I am embarrassed to join a class because I am so stiff or weak. Do I need to be flexible and strong to come to a yoga class?

Iyengar yoga is for everyone. Your teacher will provide you with instructions and adjustments, using props such as belts and blocks to enable you to work with your stiffness. Gradually flexibility is gained. Strength will be improved over a period of time as students work within their own limitations. Competition is discouraged and students are reminded to remain sensitive to their present state rather than trying to keep up with others.

My schedule is unpredictable. Do I have to sign up for a class series?

You are welcome to attend class on a drop-in basis! You do not have to sign up for a series to attend our yoga classes. Drop-in classes are $15. Our pay-what-you-can class meets on Mondays at 5:15pm.

I like to practice special breathing techniques while performing the asanas. Will that work in the Iyengar method?

The Iyengar method teaches pranayama as a practice separate from asana. While other methods of yoga may encourage a sounded breath (or ujayii breath) during the asana practice, this way of breathing does not work in an Iyengar yoga class.

May I make up a missed class?

You may make up missed classes within the current session you are registered for. If you know you will be out of town, plan to take 2 classes the week before you travel or 2 classes the week that you return in the same level class you are signed up for.

Am I committed to the same class each week?

Attending the same class each week is one way to build consistency and a strong foundation for your yoga practice. We do like you to tell us what class you plan to attend. This way, the teacher can be well-prepared to teach each person in the class.
However, it is not always possible to come to the same class each week due to work/family obligations and unexpected surprises. It is better to do some yoga than no yoga. This is why we offer the opportunity for students to drop-in to any appropriate –level class.

I came to the studio but the door was locked and it seemed closed. What are your hours?

We would love to meet you to show you the yoga center and to answer any questions you may have. To make an appointment, email us at email us or call 901-726-1115.

When we are teaching yoga classes and working with massage clients we keep our attention fully-focused on our students and clients. We keep our door locked, so that there are no distractions.

The door is locked five minutes after each class start-time.

If you have any additional questions, contact us at info@evergreenyogamemphis.com or call 901-726-1115.

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