Course Levels

Slower-Paced Beginning

This slower-paced yoga class is designed for you if you have limited flexibility and strength, are coming back to exercise after recovering from injuries, and/or have areas of your body that gives discomfort. The focus of the class is to make the fundamental poses of yoga accessible through preparatory work and the use of props. The benefits of this class include creating space, ease of movement, strength, and flexibility in the body with the ultimate goal of moving into a regular beginning yoga class. Learn more about Slower Yoga here.

Level 1 & 2 - The Fundamentals of Iyengar Yoga

Our Level 1 & 2 classes emphasize the fundamentals or basics that lay the foundation for a safe, intelligent, and more powerful future practice. The Level 1 & 2 courses teach the basic standing poses, sitting postures, and beginning inversions. All students new to Iyengar yoga must begin in these classes.

Level 1 - Beginning Iyengar Yoga - Level 1 students are those just starting out learning Iyengar yoga.

Level 2 - Continuing Iyengar Yoga - Level 2 students have some experience in Iyengar Yoga and are developing their abilities and their understanding of yoga practice. Students should have some experience of head balance and shoulder balance. Those new to Iyengar Yoga should begin with Level 1 & 2 classes regardless of previous non-Iyengar Yoga experience.

Level 3 - Intermediate Iyengar Yoga - Intermediate Iyengar Yoga students have been studying Iyengar Yoga for some time and with increasing dedication, discipline, and zeal. They understand how to create alignment in an asana. They are familiar with most of the standing poses and have good stability, endurance, and extension. Intermediate students are very familiar with using props for shoulder balance, sitting poses, and forward extensions. Level 3 courses can be strenuous and poses are often held much longer than in Level 1 & 2. Back arches, arm balances, and head balance are regularly practiced.

Pranayama Fundamentals and Pranayama Weekend Workshops - Pranayama or the yoga art of breathing is a more advanced practice than yoga postures or asana in the Iyengar system. Yoga asana practice prepares you physically and increases your sensitivity for this refined, subtle subject. Regular practice of pranayama is quietly invigorating. It soothes the nerves, energizes the lungs and respiratory system, and makes all the other bodily systems function better. A typical Pranayama Class starts with deep mental and physical relaxation to prepare the lungs, nervous system, and mind for watching, observing, and later modifying our normal breathing patterns into pranayama breaths. You must have attended at least 16 Iyengar Yoga classes and be able to do shoulder balance with blankets.

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