“Yoga is like music, the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.”
– B.K.S Iyengar, Light on Life
AN IYENGAR YOGA STUDIO IN MOUNT BARKER, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
We are a specialist yoga studio located in the heart of the Adelaide Hills. Unfold Yoga + Wellbeing was established in Mount Barker by Loretta Voivodich in 2012. Loretta has been teaching yoga in the Adelaide Hills for over 15 years and built up a firm following of students who have felt the real difference yoga can make to their physical and mental wellbeing. Unfold offers a full weekly program with yoga classes suitable for all students, from the absolute beginner, to the progressive, advanced practitioner.
Yoga practice cultivates a healthy body and a calmer mind. Attending classes at our studio you will better understand what you are doing when you practice and why we practice. Learn the art, science, and philosophy of yoga with a teacher!
With our team of certified Iyengar teachers you can be sure you will receive quality, expertise, and individualised attention. Teachers at Unfold are caring and professional and have many years of practice, study, and dedicated training behind them.
Classes explore the sequencing and technique of Asana (posture) and Pranayama (breath work) to integrate strength and flexibility, moderate the breath, and cultivate steadiness of the body, mind, and spirit.
We use props to: explore the various aspects of a posture; to give assistance in the case of injuries or other conditions; and for restorative work.
We make individual adjustments and corrections to help students understand and develop their yoga practice.
Philosophy and approach are integral to classes and the atmosphere and instruction offer a respectful silence, seriousness, and focused energy, as well as the joy of being in the moment, which brings spontaneity, heightened awareness and a humble and honest approach to your practice.
The Iyengar teaching method is oriented towards gradual but steady progress, rather than towards quick and fleeting results. Each Iyengar yoga class is a unique sequence created to guide students through a safe and systematic progression. Through skilled instruction and practice, students learn to penetrate beyond the physical body to the inner kosas (layers) of mind, energy, and spirit thereby gaining vitality, clarity, and calm through the practice.
Iyengar yoga can be practiced at all stages of life. The benefits are far-reaching and will assist the practitioner in every aspect of daily living.
“There is no progress toward ultimate freedom without transformation, and this is the key issue in all lives.” – BKS Iyengar
Unfold Yoga + Wellbeing is an Iyengar Yoga Centre in the Adelaide Hills, 30 minutes via the freeway from the city of Adelaide. Our studio is upstairs on Level 1, next door to the popular Sazon cafe, in the historic main street of Mount Barker.
Our studio is a special place that exudes a sense of calm, joyfulness, hard work, and transformation. It is spacious with natural light, good ventilation and elevated views. The yoga studio is carpeted and adequately temperature controlled for both the winter and summer months. All yoga equipment (including mats) is supplied and parking is available on the adjacent streets.
“Your body exists in the past and your mind exists in the future. In yoga, they come together in the present.” – BKS Iyengar
B.K.S. Iyengar developed Iyengar Yoga through his lifelong passion, dedication and exploration of the subject of yoga. The Iyengar method is grounded in the traditional eight limbs of yoga from Patanjali’s text, the Yoga Sutras, written over 2,500 years ago. Mr. Iyengar practiced yoga every day of his life until he passed away aged 96. During his life Mr. Iyengar contributed immensely to our understanding of yoga by writing many books including the classic texts Light on Yoga and Tree of Yoga.
The Iyengar method of yoga is a dynamic style that focuses on precision of alignment, timings, and sequencing. The effects of the practice strengthen, mobilise, and align the feet, ankles, legs, and arms thereby increasing freedom and space in the hips and shoulders, all contributing to correction on the spine. The practice of Iyengar Yoga is engaging and cultivates stillness of mind, resulting in awareness of postural alignment, one’s energy and breath. This method of yoga is accessible to all age groups with the assistance of props to maximise health benefits. Blocks, bolsters, straps, and blankets are used in a variety of ways to support and give greater depth and understanding of the postures.
The Iyengar Certification Mark is given to teachers of Iyengar Yoga who have undergone extensive teacher training and a rigorous assessment process. Teachers are required to continue their study and education each year which supports and ensures the ongoing high standard of teaching within the Iyengar Yoga method. This certification mark is used and recognised internationally and is a symbol of the shared understanding of the values and standards of the Iyengar Yoga Method.
WHY IS YOGA SO GOOD FOR YOU?
Yoga is a ‘practice’.
Yoga is a practice that will heighten your senses, nurture your core being and offer you a way to nourish your vital health, fitness and happiness. Practiced regularly on a weekly basis it will change your life; integrating all aspects of YOU, becoming a tool of seeing and testing the very boundaries of our being, ‘who we are’.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I need to be fit or flexible to do yoga?
No, you will experience increased flexibility and movement by doing the yoga postures, and mobilising joints, it’s not a pre-requisite.
What do I wear to Yoga class?
Either shorts or tights are good as it is best if the teacher can observe the feet, ankles and legs in their entirety to observe correct alignment of the pose. What feels comfortable and easy to move and flex in. We wear bare feet so we can grip and articulate the toes and feet to the mat.
Can I repeat the beginners course?
Yes, you can. Iyengar Yoga is a dynamic style of yoga that encourages your engagement in your practice and repeating the foundations will bring greater familiarity and confidence and not get boring or be too easy. You get as much as you put in. If you think you could go again, then that’s fine.
Can I make up missed classes from my beginners course?
Yes you can make up classes at any other Beginners course and selected Level 1 classes. No need to book, just let your teacher know you are doing a makeup class.
Can I still do a beginners course if I need some flexibility?
You can be flexible and come to other beginners courses running in the week if you can’t always make the same class time or if you miss one week. Ask us about alternative class times that are appropriate. You can always attend the studio on a casual basis if you need greater flexibility.
I am uncertain if I'm ready to move into Level 1 classes?
Because you have covered the preliminary postures in your eight week beginners course you will find that the Level 1 classes ‘look’ similar. You will experience greater variation in sequences, increased pace and quantity of postures. You may find a different teacher in class but the method will be consistent. Our teachers ask weekly to inform them of any changes in your health or conditions to provide appropriate assistance and direction to practice safely and achieve progress week-to-week, year-to-year.
How often do I need to come to classes?
Students report significant changes from attending just one class a week. You may also prefer to commit more regularly to have quicker progress and deeper effect. Increasing consistency, length and intensity of practice inspires more practice and develops the conditions to regulate your own practice.
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