Just go with the flow

Julie Hodges, from the Lismore Yoga Studio, instructs Cyndte Kis of Goonellabah and Missy Mangold of North Lismore.
Julie Hodges, from the Lismore Yoga Studio, instructs Cyndte Kis of Goonellabah and Missy Mangold of North Lismore. Cathy Adams

JULIE Hodges has been teaching Iyengar yoga since 1996.

But it was only six months ago that she opened the Lismore Yoga Studio, which is now being used by five teachers.

Those teachers include Julie, John Doucas, Paul Purchase, Jo Walters and Naomi Lishman.

"The space has become a bit of a yoga hub," says Julie.

"Together the teachers bring many years of yoga experience and plenty of yoga enthusiasm to classes.

"The studio itself is a beautiful space, with sprung wooden floors and nice light."

She says Iyengar yoga is renowned for its extensive training, which benefits both teachers and students, although she concedes that different people are drawn to different styles of yoga.

"I believe that Iyengar's attention to alignment in the body makes a lot of sense.

"Energy can move more freely and people become more aware of their posture."

The Iyengar method also develops strength and endurance in addition to flexibility, says Julie

"With practice, students learn to become more aware of their bodies and their breath.

"This in turn helps them focus their attention on the present moment.

"This is a great skill to have as it can reduce stress levels and enable them to experience a sense of calm and stillness in their lives.

"For some students, yoga practice is also about spiritual nourishment."

Iyengar props, such as blocks and straps, allow poses to be modified for older students or those with a disability.

Classes are available at Lismore Yoga Studio for all levels of students.



  • Iyengar yoga was named after and developed by B.K.S. Iyengar.
  • It is a form of hatha yoga that emphasises detail, precision and alignment in the performance of posture (asana) and breath control (pranayama).
  • B.K.S. Iyengar has systematised over 200 classical yoga poses and 14 different types of pranayama (with variations of many of them) ranging from the basic to advanced. This helps ensure that students progress gradually by moving from simple poses to more complex ones.
  • Iyengar yoga often makes use of props, such as belts, blocks, and blankets, as aids in performing asanas (postures). The props enable students to perform the asanas correctly, minimising the risk of injury or strain, and making the postures accessible to both young and old.
  • Iyengar yoga is firmly based on the traditional eight limbs of yoga as expounded by Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras.


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