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        About Elaine Banister

        Elaine Banister

        Iyengar Yoga teacher


        I started off as a gymnast as a child, practicing for about 10 years until I was at in my early 20’s. Then after a few years of not doing much physically, I found myself one day doing some stretching at home and rediscovered the feeling of freedom I got when I stretched and moved my body. Needless to say I had stiffened up quite considerably by then and I knew that I had to enrol in a regular yoga class to find my flexibility again.

        I joined a small Iyengar studio in Midrand in 2000 as part of my new millennium resolutions and it quickly became part of my regular routine.  In 2012 my teacher encouraged me to do the Iyengar teacher training, which is a three year course. I finished my training by going to India in 2014 for a month of intensive yoga at the Iyengar Institute in Pune.

        Iyengar yoga was introduced to the world by BKS Iyengar, and is unique in its attention to alignment, and precision in the poses. This helps to develop the mind, body and spirit through constant self-analysis and increasing body and mind awareness in your practice and subsequently in your life

        Iyengar Yoga often makes use of props, such as belts, blocks, and blankets, as aids in performing the asanas or postures correctly, minimising the risk of injury or strain, and making the postures accessible to both young and old.


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