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Iyengar Yoga Is For Everyone

By Jake Levin

No matter how stiff, stuck, or out of shape you may be, Nancy Kardon believes that Iyengar yoga is for everyone. This is true even for beginners of yoga, whom Kardon encourages to give Iyengar a try.

"All yoga is not the same," she said when asked what advice she'd give to a beginning practitioner. "Be discriminating."

Kardon is a certified Iyengar Yoga teach. Her studio has three branches in Greenwich, Conn., and Scarsdale and White Plains, N.Y. With over 20 years of experience teaching yoga, she describes the practice as being like an 'anatomical architect' beginning from friendliness and acceptance.

Nancy Kardon

"Iyengar Yoga teachers, highly trained, clearly demonstrate postures, give step by step instruction, and practice sharp observation and effective teaching skills to help students mature and progress," Kardon said. "You are taught methodically how to align mind, body, breath and reeducate your senses."

Kardon described Iyengar yoga as a profound, transformative method of yoga. What distinguishes it from other styles of yoga is the attention and awareness learned while in an asana posture practice, which is a method to quiet "your busy, reactive mind," Kardon said.

Students are taught how to align their breath, body and minds, all while reeducating their senses. Deep openings are learned to free your body from fixed postural habits. Working on one's posture becomes meditation in action and a way to practice the eight limbs of classical yoga.

Kardon teaches primarily out of the Scarsdale, N.Y. location of Iyengar Yoga, which she described as being in a tranquil neighborhood. It's a fully-equipped rope wall yoga studio limited to eight students at a time for sessions which can run anywhere from 75 to 90 minutes.

In the Greenwich location, where Kardon also teaches a class Wednesdays at 9 am, classes run for 75 minutes at a time in another fully-equipped studio. Take your first step into a class with Kardon and experience and the benefits of Iyengar Yoga.

"I love this life's practice," Kardon said. "Offering it to others to taste and celebrate life."

For more visit Iyengar Yoga online.

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