Yoga is an art, science and a philosophy. It touches the life, at every level, of those who practice it. Yoga is a friend to those who embrace it sincerely and totally. It lifts its practitioners from the clutches of pain and sorrow and enables them to live fully. The practice of yoga helps the lazy body to become active and vibrant; it transforms the mind, making it harmonious.

Yoga on the Bay, located in Rodney Bay, teaches Iyengar Yoga – a classic yoga. BKS Iyengar, called the “Michelangelo of Yoga” and named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people, brought yoga to the west in the 1960s and 70s, the beginning of the hemisphere’s explosive growth in yoga. He was universally acknowledged as the world’s foremost yoga teacher.

Certified Iyengar Yoga teachers are held to unusually rigorous standards, earning their certification after years of dedicated practice, training and evaluation by qualified assessors. They know how to guide students of all ages and abilities. Deep-seated understanding and experience of the yoga postures allows instructors to teach appropriately, whether students are younger, older, athletic or with physical limitations.

From the beginning, Iyengar Yoga develops strength, stamina, concentration, flexibility and more. Using physical alignment as a starting point it encourages the spread of intelligence throughout the body, the growth of self-awareness and an experience of the postures as a form of “meditation in action”.

An ability to clearly demonstrate the postures, sharp observation skills, and effective teaching are the marks of a certified Iyengar teacher. Classes are sequenced to promote health and skill in the body and stability in the mind. This total approach ensures that students progress from posture to posture, class to class and year to year.

Students in Iyengar Yoga begin with basic standing poses. In time, forward bends, back bends, twists, inversions, restorative poses, and more are taught. As students mature, so does the practice. Teachers may use props such as blankets, blocks and belts to help students benefit from the poses, regardless of their physical condition, age or level of experience.

One of the most beautiful and inspiring aspects of yoga is that there is no end to the process of refining and integrating what we learn as students and offer as teachers. When we go beyond the movement and positions and reflect on what is actually happening, we begin to see the interactions and integration that occur.

Some of our most rewarding experiences at Yoga on the Bay include watching the transformation of a senior citizen with weakness and stiff joints and muscles into a strong and flexible human being who finds life more enjoyable with less pain and more flexibility; or observing a shy and insecure younger person open up and find confidence through the physical practice of Yoga which works to bring a mental balance.

In our busy society where we have so much technology and so much going on around us, Yoga guides us and teaches us to be present, and to live in the moment instead of in the past or the future.

Experience it for yourself; see and feel the difference that Yoga can make in your life.

– Jill Hagar, Yoga on the Bay

Many resorts and studios around the island offer Yoga classes including:

Yoga on the Bay, Rodney Bay: tel. 718 1297, yogaonthebay.slu@gmail.com

The Bodyholiday at Le Sport, Cap Estate: tel. 457 7800

Ti Kaye Resort and Spa, Anse Cochon, Anse La Raye: tel. 456 8101