"Regular practice of yoga can help you face the turmoil of life with steadiness and stability" ~ B.K.S. Iyengar
This is the ideal place to start if yoga is new to you or you are new to the Iyengar method. The basics of getting into poses are covered, as well as an introduction to the Center and your placement in the classes. Free Intro Classes are usually held on first Saturday of the month at 1pm.
The Level I syllabus is covered at an easy pace. This class is ideal for reducing what Mr Iyengar calls the three S's of modern life- stress, strain, and speed. Also helpful for those who may require modifications in poses. Explanations and an approach to the practice at a slow, steady rate is accomplished.
Introduction to the Iyengar Yoga method and the basics of yoga are covered.
Emphasis is placed on learning the standing poses which prepare students for all other poses. A full range of types of poses is included. Strength, stability, flexibility and balance are established through regular practice. The yoga practice foundation is established over the course of one year or more. Deep relaxation and pranayama are introduced. We recommend attending 2-3 times per week to get started.
Level I - II
A bridge between Level I and Level II, a strong foundation of standing poses is required. Actions in the asana (poses) are coordinated as well as building endurance and learning the asana at next level. The basics of Pranayama and philosophical concepts are covered. Practice of Salamba Sarvangasana is extended. Modifications are learned when required to personalize the practice. Good for both a confirmed Level I or Level II student.
The second syllabus is covered. The repertoire of poses is greatly increases built upon progression from previous level. Multi-actions in poses are introduced to bring unity within. Linking, increased timings in poses, as well as enhanced rhythm for endurance are practiced. Emphasis on specific groups of asana is given each week to include standing, forward bends, backbends, and restorative/pranayama inversions. An established practice of Salamba Sarvangasana and previous poses from Level I is required.
Level II - III
The elements of the intermediate practice are taught. These elements include: consolidation, refinement of actions, increased endurance, quality of performance, combined with an introduction to third syllabus. Pranayama study is deepened. Practice of inversions is required.
Level II - IV
Intermediate Iyengar Yoga class requires a dedicated home practice. The depth of yoga studies is enhanced, and elements of the method are given to the fullest. The study of pranayama is taken further along with meditation techniques. Only Level II students who are confirmed, familiar with personal modifications, and have permission from teacher may attend.
Level IV - VI
Upper level studies with five or more continuous years of practice of Iyengar yoga with a CIYT. An accomplished dedicated daily practice is required. Permission of the teacher is also required to attend this class.