Based on the eight limbs of “Astanga Yoga”, Iyengar yoga classes accommodate all levels of fitness and ability. Students realize their full potential as they progress gradually and systematically through each session and each level.
The focus is on balance, strength, stamina, flexibility, and relaxation, with an emphasis on alignment, breath, and awareness for better health, inner peace and mindful living.
Classes are taught with care and precision to each individual’s needs. Students learn to build a solid foundation in each asana (pose), allowing a steady safe progression while receiving the many benefits of yoga along the way.
The Iyengar method develops strength, endurance, and optimal body alignment, in addition to flexibility and relaxation. The Iyengar method also develops self-awareness, intelligent evaluation, and profound inward reflection.
Standing poses are emphasized at the beginning to build strength and ease of movement, increase general vitality, and improve circulation, coordination, and balance. Postures for deep relaxation are also introduced from the beginning. As a deeper understanding and ability is developed, sitting and reclining postures, forward extensions, inversion, back extensions, twists, arm balances and flowing sequences are gradually introduced.
“Yoga is a light which, once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame”.
– BKS Iyengar
Which Level is For me?
If you have not done yoga before, you should sign up for a beginner’s class. Here basic Iyengar poses are taught focusing on mobility, stability, strength, alignment and relaxation. Yoga philosophy is introduced so students understand the connection between body, mind and breath.
Students who have practiced other types of yoga, but have never experienced Iyengar Yoga are also encouraged to take beginners classes in order to understand the basic principles of Iyengar yoga and apply them to the fundamental postures.
In this level more challenging postures such as inversions and back extensions are introduced. Students must be prepared to work with more refinement in each asana and hold the postures for much longer. A home practice is now strongly encouraged to help students deepen and maintain their understanding of Iyengar’s work. Classes will focus more on yoga philosophy.
The Gentle class might be more suitable for you if you have an injury or if you are working with physical restrictions such as back, neck, knee, or shoulder problems, are overweight, weak, elderly, or if you simply want to participate in a slower paced class. Modifications of the poses are offered and most postures are done with support.
Suitable for all students, even beginners. The classes will be taught so that all students work together to develop a deeper understanding of Iyengar yoga practice. Students will be assisted to work safely and appropriately at their current level to build stamina and explore a wide variety of asanas including inversions.
“All of us have a dormant spark of divinity in us which has to be fanned into flames by yoga”
– BKS Iyengar