iyengar yoga class descriptions


IYISF Class Descriptions

Introduction to Yoga Series – This 12-week course is designed to provide a solid foundation in the Iyengar method of yoga. It is recommended to students new to the Iyengar method.  Students will learn basic actions in asana, develop strength, flexibility, awareness and confidence.  Each class of the course will build progressively throughout the quarter.  Students are encouraged to sign-up for the entire course, however, drop-ins will be welcomed provided there is enough space.  Upon completion, students will be able to continue their learning in Beginner or All Levels classes.  Teacher rotates every quarter. 60 minutes.

Beginner – This moderately paced class is appropriate for beginners, as well as for seasoned students seeking to review classic poses.  Students will learn basic standing, seated, twisting, back bending and inverted postures that are the foundation of the Iyengar method.  Class length is 75 minutes.

All-Levels – A class designed for all levels of practitioners.  This class will offer a continued and deepened exploration of asanas (postures) and pranayamas (breath awareness).  It is recommended that students who have never done yoga attend an Introduction to Yoga Series or a few Fundamentals classes prior to attending an All-Levels class.  Class length is 90 minutes.

Intermediate – Students at this level are those who regularly practice all categories of asanas, as well as some pranayama.  It is optimal that intermediate students be able to push up from the floor into urdhva dhanurasana (backbend), hold sirsasana (headstand) for at least five minutes, and know modifications/alternative postures if working with limitations.  A strong foundation of regular participation in Iyengar Yoga classes is recommended but not required. Class length is 90 minutes.

Intermediate/Advanced – A class for yoga teachers and students with substantial Iyengar Yoga experience, as well as an established home practice.  The ability to do sirsasana and variations away from the wall, strength in intermediate back bending, forward bending, and balancing postures is required.  Students at this level have been practicing Iyengar yoga for 5 or more years.  Class length is 90 or 120 minutes.

AgelessA class for all ages and levels.  Developed specifically for people over the age of 50, this class focuses on helping to enhance flexibility, strength, and balance in a supportive environment. Class length is 75 minutes.

Back Care – A class for people looking to support back health, care and comfort, but are not in acute pain.  Classical asanas are taught with support and are modified to suit each individual.  Class length is 90 minutes.

Community – An All-Levels class offered on donation basis.  Class length is 90 minutes.

Restorative – A class with deeply restful, supportive asana to rejuvenate and alleviate stress and strain. It is recommended students are practiced in Beginner asana, including Salamba Sarvangasana (shoulder stand). Class length is 90 minutes.

Lunchtime Yoga – A lively midday class.  Participants will experience an active class and leave feeling rejuvenated.  Appropriate for all levels.  Class length is 60 minutes.