Deptford's Iyengar Yoga Institute South London will be hosting a discounted workshop on Sunday 25th February, with a student price of £20 for a full day including vegetarian lunch.
The Iyengar Yoga Institute South London is instantly recognisable at 470 New Cross Road and contrasts the busy chaos of Deptford and New Cross. It was opened by B.K.S. Iyengar in December 1995, before yoga’s surge in celebrity attention, and is run by members of the local community.
Marion Sinclair, who took over management of the Institute at the beginning of last year, said, ‘From the time it first opened in New Cross the aim was to make yoga accessible to everyone.
‘The Institute has always had a huge mix of yoga students – all ages and backgrounds reflecting the mix of people who live in Deptford and the surrounding areas.’
Originally the site of the New Cross Building Society, the Institute has seen the local area expand and grow over time.
‘We have seen Deptford starting to change over the past few years – at the moment the addition of new cafes and shops adds positively to what is a diverse vibrant area. We want it to stay that way.’
Iyengar Yoga is a specific kind of Hatha yoga in which props such as belts, blocks, and blankets are used to perform the postures (called ‘Asana’) and breath control (called ‘Pranayama’).
Whilst the performance of the Asana involves attention to detail and physical precision, the practice can also have mental and emotional benefits – something of particular interest to university students, whose days can be both sedentary and stressful.
‘Yoga isn’t just about physical health and being flexible and strong. Perhaps more importantly it helps to reduce stress and anxiety.
‘University students on their own for the first time can find that along with the positives there can be high levels of social media anxiety, debt worry, fear of failure, depression, and low self-confidence.
‘Yoga can help make you feel more confident, secure, positive and focused – with your energy levels refreshed and revitalised.’
And at Deptford’s Iyengar Yoga Institute, prices are kept low with students in mind. Full time students are charged for the member rate of £8 a class, with some classes costing just £5.
The workshop on Sunday 25th February runs from 11.30am to 4.30pm, and includes a complementary vegetarian lunch. The full-time student price is £20, as opposed to the non-member price of £35.
‘This workshop is a chance to find out if yoga can live up to its promise, and a chance to get a real feel for the benefits available.’
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