My months of “practicing around” have begun! They began very well with a pranayama class with Tim Ruddy, Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, on Saturday February 27.
There was very little in the way of specific breathing exercises in this pranayama class. Instead, Tim put us through a series of postures, using an array of props including straps, blocks, blankets, bolsters, rolled-up yoga mats and chairs. Each of the postures had a specific effect in opening the chest and lungs to allow better breathing. Each posture required a particular setup of props, each had a subtle and powerful effect. Tim provided an excellent commentary on each posture’s dynamics, giving students a good understanding of what is happening in the practice in anatomical and physiological terms.
Tim’s instructions were precise and clear. He has students hold each posture for a measured time, then move to the next posture setup. He follows a schedule of teaching that changes focus each week through four weeks, starting with standing postures, to forward bends, to backbends and to restorative or pranayama practice in the fourth week. I took his class in his apartment in St. Henri, where there is space for six people. He also teaches at the Westmount YMCA and at McGill University, as well as private classes and corporate yoga classes. He has been teaching Iyengar Yoga for 14 years, having taken teacher training at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco (IYISF). He also cites Mahyar Raz of Toronto as a strong influence on his teaching.
He has been in Montreal for two years. I am hoping Montrealers will soon be getting more opportunities to take classes from this knowledgeable, sincere teacher who is clearly passionate about Iyengar Yoga.