Welcome to the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco – we can’t wait to meet you!
I’ve done other yoga before, how is Iyengar Yoga different?
Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher go through rigorous training which generally takes 4-6 years to be certified. They are trained to meet the needs of students of all ages and abilities wherever they are. Teachers have the freedom to sequence their classes according to the needs of the people in front of them so each class will be slightly different than the next.
Certified Iyengar teachers are trained to modify the classic asanas for individual students. Often modifications include the use of props such as blocks, blankets and belts. Props can allow for a deeper understanding of the posture and comfort level.
How do I sign up for classes?
Go online and sign up for a MindBodyOnline (MBO) account by clicking here, then clicking “Sign Up” on the upper right corner.
Or, just come in and we’ll help get you started!
What level class should I attend?
Below are general guidelines in choosing a class that works for you. Our staff and teachers can also help guide you and answer questions:
- BEGINNERS: Take an Introductory Series or try out any of our Level 1 classes
- NEW TO IYENGAR YOGA: You are welcome to attend any class but starting with a Level 1-2 class will help you to master the foundation of Iyengar yoga
- INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS: Level 2 and Level 2-3 will challenge you physically and mentally
- INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED STUDENTS: Level 3 and Level 3-4 are geared towards more experienced students with a solid understanding of Iyengar yoga
- More details on the CLASS LEVELS
What do I need to bring?
You can bring your own mat if you like and we also have mats for you to use FREE of charge! We also provide filtered water in the lobby so you don’t need a water bottle
What should I wear?
Loose, comfortable clothing that allows you to move and stretch your body are the only prerequisite. In more intermediate/advanced classes, the teachers may ask you to wear shorts or tights/leggings so they can better observe your alignment.
What’s up with that chant at the beginning of class?
Most teachers will chant three AUMs and an Invocation to the Sage Patanjali at the beginning of each class. If you would like to learn the chant, copies of the invocation are available at our front desk.
The chant serves to provide a sacred and auspicious beginning to your class. It is also an homage to Patanjali, a Sage who lived around 2,500 years ago and wrote The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, a codice for the practice of yoga which is still used as one of the main texts today.
What if I have an injury or special condition?
Please try to arrive at least 15 minutes before your first class. This will allow you time to get registered and introduce yourself to your teacher. Certified Iyengar Yoga teachers are trained to help people with common injuries and ailments like lower back, knee and neck pain. More senior teachers may have experience and training in dealing with more complex issues. Please, do not hesitate to talk to your teacher as they are here to help!
Please do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions: (415) 753-0909.
See you in class!