Classes at Pranayama Yoga Studio are taught in levels to make sure that each student gets the most out of their class experience. Students progress faster and are less discouraged in a class of their peers.
To reduce the risk of injury, consult your doctor before beginning Yoga or any other physically challenging class.
Introduction to Iyengar Yoga (Intro): New to yoga or new to Iyengar Yoga, introduction to yoga terminology and the basics of the Iyengar Yoga method.
Level 1: At least one Intro course completed and/or are looking to review the basics. Must have a practice of shoulder stand or it’s variations and have a foundation for practicing headstand.
Level 2: At least 1 year yoga experience required with a practice of Sirsasana and Sarvangasana (or knowledge of their alternatives). Must be familiar with Iyengar Yoga terminology and capable of more complexity and depth in movement.
Level 3: Experienced Iyengar Yoga practitioners. Must have knowledge and awareness for more challenging postures, including variations of inversions and backbends. (Please contact teacher before attending.)
Restorative – Pranayama*: The last two weeks of every 8-week session. Postures are done with more support and focus directed toward the breath in “active relaxation”.
*Pranayama is usually translated as “breath control”, but it is so much more than that. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras (II.49) state that Pranayama is to be practiced only after perfection in asana is attained. The Iyengar Method requires that you have a regular practice of physical postures in order to build a foundation of focus and strength for mind and body before engaging in specific regulation of the breath.