Intro to Iyengar Yoga: This class covers the basic principles and foundation postures of Iyengar Yoga. Standing and sitting postures are emphasized; as well as establishing a strong foundation for shoulder stand and it's variations. This class is recommended for students who: are new to yoga, returning after some time away, and for those coming from other traditions/styles of yoga practice. The 1 Month Unlimited Class Card applies to this class.
Level 1: This class reviews, and refines all poses and principles from the fundamentals classes while expanding the variety of postures with simple backbends, introductions to headstand, and more seated postures. It also introduces varieties of faster paced sequencing as well as longer holds of poses. Students in Level I classes will begin to explore more thoroughly the varied use of props, such as belts, blocks, chairs, walls, etc, which help to deepen understanding of the postures. Students who are new to yoga, or to Iyengar yoga are advised to begin with fundamentals courses. However, newcomers are welcome to attend these Level I courses and decide with the aid of the teacher if the class is appropriate for them. The 1 Month Unlimited Class Card does not apply to this class.
Level 1,2: Those who have become confident in the Level 1 curriculum will move forward in this class. Headstand and further inversions are introduced. Not for beginner students. The 1 Month Unlimited Class Card does not apply to this class.
Level 2: Students wishing to attend Level 2 classes should have an ongoing yoga practice and be able to maintain a freestanding shoulder stand for 5 minutes. Headstand is practiced regularly, and deeper backbending and twisting poses are introduced as well as arm balancings such as handstand and forearm balance. The 1 Month Unlimited Class Card does not apply to this class.
All Levels: This class is approriate for all levels of students. The teacher will adjust the class to suit the needs of the class. The 1 Month Unlimited Class Card applies to this class.
Gentle: A moderately paced, less rigorous class for new and continuing students. Postures are taught with more modifications and props to accommodate older students, those with stiffer bodies, and/or those with mild chronic health conditions. The more moderate pacing and focus on supported postures is also helpful to those experiencing symptoms of fatigue, stress, anxiety, or depression, or those simply needing a rest. Emphasis is given to supported poses that increase mobility and strength of the neck, shoulders, spine, legs, and opening the chest for optimal circulation and breathing. The 1 Month Unlimited Class Card applies to this class.
Women, All Ages and Stages: Asana (postures) and Pranayama (breath work) emphasizing women's health. Students will learn how to approach and adapt yoga practice to stages of the female life cycle, including menses, pregnancy, post-partum, menopause, post-menopause and beyond. Women of all ages from 13 and older welcome. Women searching for pre-natal yoga in Portland are highly recommended to take this class.
Yoga For Seniors: Practicing Iyengar Yoga has many health benefits for older people, including increased strength and range of motion, strengthening of bones, improvement of body image and emotional well being, and improved balance, which can help to prevent falls. Please do remember to speak to the instructor about any physical conditions you are dealing with. The 1 Month Unlimited Class Card applies to this class.
Classic Restorative and Pranayama Class: This class is appropriate for students with at least six months of experience with Iyengar Yoga and will include inversions, supine, and supported poses, and pranayama, the art of breath awareness and control. It is ideal for students who are tired or stressed, and will help to bring emotional well-being and true rest. The 1 Month Unlimited Class Card does not apply to this class.
This is our ongoing schedule. Some changes do occur monthly and will be posted before the start of a new month.
New Offerings in July!
This class offers a full range of postures, both vigorous and supported, as well as instruction in pranayama. Students will experience adaptations for all stages and conditions of a woman's life - from menstruation, pregnancy and post-partum to menopause, post-menopause and beyond.
Women of all ages from 13 and older are welcome.
Women searching for pre-natal yoga in Portland are highly recommended to take this class.