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Students of Iyengar Yoga begin with elementary postures, with an emphasis on the standing asanas (postures). In time, other postures are added, including forward bends and back bends, twists, inversions and restorative poses. Shoulder balance and head stand are introduced as soon as students are ready because of their many therapeutic benefits.
Each class ends with Savasana, corpse pose or deep relaxation. Students learn to rest in a profound way, completely releasing the body while drawing the mind towards the peace within. As the student progresses, Pranayama (the control of the breath) is introduced.
We recommend that you do not eat before class. You should be well-hydrated before class, as drinking water during class is not recommended. Let your instructor know of any injuries or if you are pregnant.
To obtain more benefit from your practice, you are encouraged to attend class at least twice a week.
See class descriptions here.
We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who detracts from the studio’s safety, welfare, and well-being of the customers, staff, and studio itself.
NOTE: While the studio is closed, we are offering online classes. Please see descriptions below for these classes.
We offer a full schedule of classes for all levels of practitioners, from beginner to advanced. Students who are brand new to yoga may begin in the Beginners Series or Fundamentals of Asana class and move to higher level classes at their own pace.
Please arrive 15 minutes before class time for your first class so you can get acquainted with the instructor. Please wear shorts or leggings and t-shirt or tank top. Mats and props are provided, so no need to bring your own.
Fundamentals of Asana
Are you new to Iyengar Yoga, or need a refresher to asana practice? Fundamentals of Asana classes will introduce the foundations of Iyengar Yoga, such as proper alignment and sequencing, along with helping students develop mobility, strength, flexibility and stability. In these dynamic classes, we will focus largely on standing poses, seated poses, forward bends and other fundamental postures including those from the shoulder stand family. Open to all levels.
Level 1 Classes
Level 1 is an ongoing class for students with a basic understanding of the poses. Most students coming into this class have completed the Beginners Series. Level 1 classes introduce the next level of asanas, such as back bends, forward bends and inversions. All systems of the body are affected: muscular, skeletal, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, reproductive, endocrine, lymphatic, and nervous system. In this class, you will build the strength, stamina, flexibility and concentration required to safely advance to Level 2.
Level 2 Classes
Level 2 is for students with a consistent Iyengar yoga practice. Students must have knowledge of and practice the standing poses and inversions with confidence. In this class yoga practitioners will investigate inversions, back bends, forward bends and arm balancing. The asanas reveal the physical and emotional ways we hold on to tension. With practice, extraneous tension is released and unhealthy habits dissipate. This class explores the stillness of the asanas, pays close attention of the mind to body and breath, enhances concentration, reduces stress, stabilizes the emotions and allows for a sense of inner peace.
This all-level yoga class is an opportunity for students to practice in a supportive and non-competitive environment. All categories of yoga poses will be covered in-depth, and often with a therapeutic and theme-based approach addressing issues like stress, depression, back pain, shoulder and neck issues, as well as general imbalances of the mind and body. While some previous Iyengar yoga experience is preferred, all are welcome to attend.
Now is the perfect time to slow down and center yourself by practicing stillness through restorative yoga.
Relax, rejuvenate and refresh in supported positions with gentle attention directed toward the breath and calming the mind, body and spirit. Props are utilized, allowing access for all ages, body types, and levels of conditioning. All asanas (poses) create specific physiological responses that are beneficial to health, reduce the effects of stress and enhance overall well-being.
All levels of students welcome.
Healthy Immune System Practice
This class is open to all levels with an ongoing focus on supporting your immune system. Yoga’s positive effects on physical and mental health are widely recognized, but less talked about are its positive affects on your immune system. Yoga supports immune health with better sleep, improved digestion and increased circulation of both your cardio- and lymphatic systems. It also reduces stress, which can negatively affect your immune system. The class focuses on supported forward extensions, backward extensions and inversions.
Connect & Energize
This class is open to all levels with an ongoing focus on supporting a healthy mind. It’s designed to improve mood and offset negative feelings like depression, anxiety and fatigue. We’ll utilize standing poses, backward extensions and inversions to stimulate and invigorate the nervous system and bring about feelings of confidence and well being. This class benefits all practitioners to support peace and happiness during trying times.
Introduction to Pranayama
A growing body of literature and research suggests that good circulation and oxygenated blood is associated with a healthy immune system. Poor circulation is associated with inflammation which may adversely affect the immune system. Many autoimmune disorders such as asthma, arthritis, fibromyalgia and allergies are linked to chronic inflammation.
Yoga and pranayama offer a means of addressing inflammation and soothing the nervous system. Using introductory techniques of pranayama and gentle stretching a couple of minutes a day can make a difference. This class is suitable for all levels.
Many of our students tell us that they don’t know where to start in developing a home practice. A led practice is a great opportunity to help you gain the skills for establishing your own home practice:
- Understand which poses to choose and how to sequence them
- Listen and respond to what’s happening in your own mind and body
- Learn to move at your own pace
- Find ways to do yoga that work best for you!
In a led practice, the names of poses will be called out and students will follow along, learning to refine focus and capacity for observation, integration and concentration. No instruction is given unless required. Students at this level are expected to have an understanding of Sanskrit asana names and should know how to take care of themselves using modifications when required.
This class is open to students with a minimum of 3 months of Iyengar yoga practice. Students are expected to have an understanding of Sanskrit asana names and should know how to take care of themselves using modifications when required.
Open practice time is an opportunity for students to engage in their own self-study and practice, while having access to all the props and rope wall at the studio. This practice is not a class. Although teachers may be on hand, they will not be there for teaching or direction. This practice is open to all current pass holders. Students may come and go at any point during the practice time. Cost is $5.
All Levels Classes
All levels of students are welcome in these classes. Instruction will be appropriate for each student’s experience and level of ability.
We are offering online classes through Zoom’s virtual platform. Sign up below!
We offer a full schedule of online classes seven days a week for all levels of practitioner, from beginner to advanced.
Please join 10-15 minutes before class time to be sure you can access the online link. You should have the following props available: mat, couple of blankets or large towels, strap or belt, block (or thick book), bolster (couch cushions can work as a substitute) and a chair (any sort of dining chair).
Iyengar Yoga is for everyone. No one is too old or too stiff, too fat or thin or tired. A Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher can guide students of all ages and physical conditions to an experience of yoga, which is safe, accessible and rewarding.
The best way to introduce yourself to the benefits of Iyengar Yoga is to start with the basics. Our 6-week Beginners Series is designed as a starting point to beginning a yoga practice and is perfect for those new to Iyengar Yoga. We will be offering this series again this fall.
All Levels classes and our gentle yoga practices are both suitable for new students.
Becoming a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) requires years of practice, study and a rigorous examination of skills. For teachers, the Certification Mark demonstrates a commitment to maintaining the purity, excellence and high standards of Iyengar Yoga.
If you are interested in pursuing Iyengar yoga certification, we encourage you to attend classes taught by our certified teachers. Our teachers help students develop by providing feedback and offering new ideas.
Additionally, a consistent personal practice is an essential component of Iyengar yoga and a core requirement for teaching certification in the Iyengar system. Open practice at the studio is an opportunity to grow your practice in the presence of other students, without a teacher’s instruction.
We also have a study group for students interested in deepening their understanding of yoga philosophy and how it relates to asana and pranayama practice.
Certification as an Iyengar yoga teacher follows years of dedicated study, both individually and under the direct guidance of a mentor. It culminates in assessment administered by the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the US (IYNAUS). Details can be found on the IYNAUS website.
Our certified teachers are happy to discuss the process of becoming a CIYT, the level of commitment required and opportunities for study currently offered at the studio. Contact the studio for more details.