Iyengar yoga with Isabelle Luterbacher

Yoga is a practical philosophy that is as applicable now as it was in ancient times. Because it is not specific to any one religion, its effects are far reaching and all inclusive, regardless of practitioners’ beliefs.

I started practising yoga at the age of 18. As I began to feel the effect my interest grew. I started teaching in 2002 after attending a Foundation Course and then going on to complete Teacher Training with The Devon School of Yoga. It was during this time that I discovered Iyengar Yoga and decided that I wanted to dedicate myself to that path.

Since 2003 I have trained with senior Iyengar teacher Glenn Ceresoli and his wife Margaret. As well as attending many of his European workshops and retreats in London, Switzerland, Italy, Norway and Germany, I also completed his Level 1 Iyengar Teacher Training in Australia and Level 2 Iyengar Teacher Training in India.

I am a Certified Iyengar Teacher, taking yoga classes in Exeter and Holcombe, go to my yoga classes & workshops page for all details.

The benefits of yoga

Iyengar Yoga is a practice that has the potential to benefit all those who wish to try it. At the beginning the emphasis is on the physical body, something that is easy to grasp. The physical benefits of yoga are numerous and affect all systems of the body, helping to bring balance where there is imbalance and misalignment. Even those who view yoga as a merely physical practice will benefit enormously at this level. However, the potential of yoga is greater still. As we begin to use the mind to work more skilfully with the body, the mind too receives the benefit of becoming more aware, more sensitive and the beginning of Self-knowledge takes place.

Everyone would like to manage better the way they deal with the challenges of life. As we practise the postures (Asanas), working to refine them physically whilst maintaining perspective and equilibrium of the mind, we begin to experience a different way of dealing with challenge. And with deeper practice that experiential knowledge gained on the yoga mat begins to influence our way of being in daily life. In this way it becomes apparent that yoga is about integration.

Be inspired but not proud. Do not aim low; you will miss the mark. Aim high; you will be on the threshold of bliss.

As animals, we walk the earth. As bearers of a divine essence, we are among the stars. As human beings, we are caught in the middle, seeking to reconcile the paradox of how to make our way upon the earth while striving for something more permanent and more profound. So many seek this greater Truth in the heavens, but it lies much closer than the clouds. It is within us and can be found by anyone on the Inward Journey.”

BKS Iyengar Light on Life