Foundations classes are great for students that are new to yoga and may not be familiar with the use of props, the sanskrit terms used for poses and may be feeling a little overwhelmed by the thought of dropping into an ongoing yoga class. These classes are also a great option for students working with limitations in their practice and may require additional props or modifications to basic postures.
These classes are mixed level classes that work through various presentations of each asana allowing students to decide how far they want to go in their practice given their current level of practice and/or any physical or other restrictions. These classes are dynamic and experiential and full of tips and techniques on how to customize and evolve your practice.
These classes are designed for those new to Iyengar Yoga and those with little or no yoga experience in general, and accommodate all levels of fitness. They introduce the foundations of Iyengar Yoga, such as proper alignment and sequencing, and develop students’ mobility, strength, flexibility and stability. These dynamic classes focus largely on standing poses, seated poses, forward bends and other fundamental postures including those from the shoulderstand family.
For those students who are well practiced in Salamba Sarvangasana (shoulderstand) and other level 1 postures, these classes add further refinements and additional new poses including Sirsasana (headstand). Pranayama (breath awareness and modification) is also introduced.
Level 2/3 Intermediate
For students with substantial Iyengar Yoga training who are strong in standing postures and can do Sirsasana with confidence for five minutes. Sirsasana variations, intermediate postures, and seated pranayama are taught.
This class emphasizes poses that soothe the nervous system. The practices explored will be supported with the use of props, and poses will be held for durations that encourage rest, recovery and restoration. Focus will be given to the breath. Fundamentals of Pranayama are taught during these classes..
Yoga for Sports
Athletes can be prone to injuries. Repetitive movements often develop tight, overused muscles that are vulnerable to pulls and sprains combined with underused muscles that are weaker. Yoga provides us with the unique ability to create space in the body where there is tightness and to use muscles in ways that are different than the ways we usually use them. The outcome is increased agility, strength and focus through the integration of the mind, the body and the breath. In this class asanas (poses) will be taught with the principle of i shifting the emphasis from movement to the quality of the action and its end result.