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Student Spotlight: Shelly Smith


What is your name and where do you study Iyengar Yoga?

My name is Shelly Smith.  I study Iyengar Yoga at Calgary Iyengar Yoga.

How long have you been practicing Iyengar yoga?

I have practised Iyengar yoga for 2 years.

What first brought you to Iyengar Yoga?

I was looking for a more holistic approach to yoga, including:

  • a deeper understanding of the anatomy and purpose of asanas;
  •  the association of breath work with my practise;
  • a form of meditation while practicing;
  • a deeper philosophical /spiritual insight (e.g. Yoga Sutras)
  • continuous learning; and 
  • a sense of community.  

After trying out many variations of yoga over the years, Iyengar Yoga truly checked off everything I was looking for.   

What keeps you coming back?

I keep coming back because all the things I was looking for (see question above) are consistently met/exceeded via an incredibly talented, enthusiastic and humble team of teachers at Calgary Iyengar Yoga.  They truly breath a positive life into the Iyengar program and have built a great community of loyal students.

What is your favorite asana? Why?

I have come a long way in understanding and appreciating this asana, but still have a long way to go.  Chaturanga Dandasana has taught me to feel the balance and alignment on both sides of my body, focus my mind and breath, and gain a sense of lightness in my body when in the asana.

Chaturanga Dandasana

If you had 30 seconds to describe Iyengar yoga and why someone should try it, what would you say?

If you are new to yoga, or a seasoned practitioner, looking for more of a holistic practise (understanding/perfecting asanas, breathwork/meditation, philosophical aspects, continuous learning and a sense of community) I would highly recommend giving Calgary Iyengar a try.  Iyengar Yoga is not a ‘current yoga trend’, but is the most practised form of yoga in the world. From teachers trained in a rigorous international Iyengar program, you will learn the correct form/alignment of poses (asanas) and breath work. With the use of supports, like blocks and bolsters, you will be able to experience the benefits of the various poses even when you think you may not be able to get into them.  As an added benefit there is a wonderful sense of community created by the teachers and students. Give it a try, you can’t go wrong!

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