Alignment and Form ©


5-day Iyengar Yoga Residential

Asana & Pranayama Practice







An exploration of the legendary asanas, pranayama and universal principles of B.K.S.Iyengar


Course Date 2020

The course is based on

Iyengar Yoga - Basic Foundation - Introductory Asanas







Alignment and Form

Intensive Iyengar Yoga Training

Friday  - Tuesday, February 2021


  • An exploration of the legendary asanas and principles of B.K.S.Iyengar

  • For students who are interested in deepening their teaching skills or understanding of yoga

  • Learn how to practice and teach basic Iyengar yoga. asanas in a safe and healthy way.

  • Friday,  February 2021 - Tuesday, February 2021


  • Class schedule for the 5-days

        07h00 - 11h00

        11h00 - 13h00

        13h00 - 17h00

  • Investment R7,500

        * includes Course fees

      ** use of extensive props

    *** online practice guides ~ Practice with the Chair, Relaxed Body - Relaxed Mind,

           Yogamala Volumes I & II and Yoga Kurunta

  • Deposit: R4,000 due ON or BEFORE  January 2021

  • Balance: R3,500 BEFORE January 2021

  • This course is specialized training for all students and teachers of yoga, who are interested in refining their practice and teaching. This program will include instructions each day on understanding, teaching and practising the basic standing poses, forward and backward extensions, twist, inversions, seated and restorative poses.

  • Teaching yoga in a professional manner is rewarding, as well as a challenging job.

       These 10-days with 80-hours of practice has been created in response to a growing need for            qualified yoga instructors in the field of yoga.

  • The 10-day training program is based on the Iyengar system and follows the general method described in the following texts: -

   i.) Light on Yoga, by B.K.S.Iyengar

  ii.) Yoga for Women, by Geeta S. Iyengar

 iii.) Preliminary Course, by Geeta S. Iyengar

 iv.) Intermediate Course, by Geeta S. Iyengar

      (these books can be ordered online at


About Restorative Yoga

Yoga, as practiced in the West, is almost exclusively muscular in nature.  The restorative aspect of yoga is virtually unknown, but vital for a balanced approach to physical and mental health.

The practice of yoga has and always will evolve, but essentially yoga is the cultivation of attention.  What we attend to and the attitude, with which we attend, greatly influence how we experience our life and ourselves.  

Our goal is not to become perfect – our goal is to become whole.

Restorative yoga offers us a way to leave behind our ideas of how we should be, and return to our true selves, where all lasting healing takes place.


It is extremely important not to neglect the restorative poses, as they give both the physical and subtle body a chance to recover. Students and teachers of yoga ought to allow themselves regular periods of exclusively restorative practice to help regulate their hormonal balance.


The rewards of restorative yoga go beyond the physical.  It uses conscious breathing – the direct link between the body and the mind, to move you into deeper and deeper levels of relaxation.  As the body lets go of stress and the mind quiets its constant chatter, you come closer to understanding, who you truly are and connect with your true Self.


Learning to relax is at the heart of living well.  But opening up your life to include a regular restorative practice is a challenge.  There is finding time in an already busy schedule.  Sometimes the practice will not go as you would have liked, you’ll wonder what good its doing; your mind will protest that you are wasting your time when there is so much else to be done. It is at these moments when it’s most important to continue.  

Consider your practice an experiment, which you carry out with the finest instruments at your command – your body, your breath, and your mind.

“The antidote to stress is relaxation.  To relax is to rest deeply. This rest is completely different from sleep.        

Deep states of sleep include periods of dreaming, which increase muscular tension, as well as other physiological signs of tension.  Relaxation is a state in which there is no movement, no effort, and the brain is quiet.  Restorative yoga poses are often referred to as active relaxation. By supporting the body with various props, the student can alternately stimulate and relax the body towards balance.” Judith Lasater, PhD, P.T.


For information about accommodation please visit the retreat page

for a list of recommended guesthouses and B&B's   (link below)



Please note that we do not offer accommodation or food !!












Iyengar Yoga – Universal Principles


  • Pose and repose – learn to pause after action

  • Do your actions on the exhalation – there are exceptions

  • Observation, action and reflection – be mindful of how you move

  • Foundation or base first – start from the ground up

  • Increase awareness as your practice evolves

  • Balance stability and mobility in every pose or action

  • Move your awareness from the periphery to the core, then from the core to the periphery

  • Centralize and decentralize – change your base to make it wider or narrower to help bring greater freedom and stability to your experience with yoga

  • Oppositional forces and opposing actions also being stability

  • Sequencing, timing, intricacies are key – pay attention to these as they can have a powerful effect on your experience

  • Focus on your center of gravity and sense of direction as you practice

  • The weak part is the source of the action – use yoga to strengthen areas and to relax tense ones

  • Observe cause and effect – ask yourself  “what if”, “what if I did it this way?”  “what if I tried it that way?”  “what am I doing?” and  “why am I doing it?”

An exploration of the legendary asanas

 and principles of BKS Iyengar 

in a fun – playful – and creative way



  • Explore the practice of possibility and cultivating variability in your practice 

  • Show yourself what sometimes we think is not possible – is possible

  • If we think about it in a different way – we practice it in a different way

  • Exploring variations of poses – we don’t get stuck in stabilizing in one joint configuration or have one way to do the pose

  • Life is unpredictable – life has unexpected things happen

  • Your practice, especially if we have a playful practice, exploring variability helps us to become more resilient

  • Resilience is your ability, your capacity to adapt and absorb the various stresses and strains from living life

  • It’s often the unexpected ones that really throw us, but if we are practising things differently, exploring possibilities within ourselves, then we are better able to handle the unpredictable as it happens in life – rest assured it probably will

  • We hope you will continue this exploration, stay curious and playful in your practice

  • Give yourself the opportunity to practice the poses in different ways, to vary your focus 

  • Do different types of practices  

  • Sometimes you stay low on the ground and it's exploratory. 

  • Other times you may go outside and practice in a totally new environment and see how that changes your experience.

  • Open yourself up to the practice of possibility and maybe, hopefully, cultivate deep resilience in your heart body and mind

How much more is there to learn?


  • The more we study, the more we develop a deeper passion and appreciation for yoga as an evolutionary practice.

  • Understand that all bodies are unique and the practice must take this into consideration

  • When the group of students and teachers is like-minded - the study will refine and deepen your own yoga practice.

  • Hopefully, you will gain a thorough and practical understanding of the basic asanas, including their alignment principles based on anatomy, as well as adaptations, variations, modifications with the use of props enabling you to practice with more clarity and confidence. 

  • Experience anatomical realities  - experiment to understand how the body moves, stabilizes and how this affects the asana, or how the incorrect actions of the asanas affect the body. 


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