Foundation Practice: 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.
All Levels: This class is approriate for all levels of students including beginners. The teacher will adjust the class to suit the needs of those attending.
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 other classes at the studio. However, newcomers who are relatively fit and open to face challenges with a sense of humor : ) are welcome to attend these Level I classes and decide with the aid of the teacher if the class is appropriate for them.
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.
Level 1,2: Expands on Level 1. Recommended for those with two years of familiarity.
Level 2: This is a class for experienced practitioners. A minimum 2 years of continual study is recommended. All class cards are welcome for this class. The drop-in fee is $20. This class will regularly practice headstand working toward headstand variations, arm balancings such as handstand and forearm balance as well as more difficult standing, seated, backbending and twisting postures.
Iyengar Yoga can meet the needs and goals of all kinds of people. At PYS we strive to provide a schedule of classes which allows for this diversity and which can help you find a good place to start as well as a way to progress safely, intelligently, and at a pace which is right for you.
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