Iyengar Yoga Iyengar Yoga is an approach to the practice of Hatha Yoga developed by BKS Iyengar. This tradition emphasizes precision and alignment, and develops flexibility, strength, balance and endurance. It also emphasizes the importance of the breath and is unsurpassed in grace, subtlety and precision.
The trademark of Iyengar yoga is an intense focus on the subtleties of each posture. In an Iyengar class, poses (especially the standing postures) are typically held much longer than in other schools of yoga, so that practitioners can pay close attention to the precise muscular and skeletal alignment this system demands.
Also specific to Iyengar is the use of props, such as belts, chairs, blocks and blankets to help accommodate special needs, such as injuries or structural imbalances.
Iyengar Yoga Level 1 An introduction to the Iyengar method designed for the beginning or returning student with little or no experience. Emphasis is placed on the basic language, correct body alignment, standing and seated poses and the use of props.
Iyengar Yoga Level 1/2 This class is designed for those who have completed the Basics course or have previous Iyengar experience. The fundamentals are reinforced, standing poses and forward bends are refined and backbends are introduced.
Iyengar Yoga Level 2 This class is designed for those who have completed the Multi-Level course and are strong in standing poses and shoulder stand. The basic poses are refined and intermediate poses like variations in inversions and arm balances are introduced. Must have teacher's approval to attend.
Iyengar Yoga Level 3 This class is for those students with at least three years of Iyengar Yoga instruction. Advanced poses are explored and further refinement is brought to poses learned in Level 1 and Level 2. Permission from the teacher is required.
Ageless Iyengar Yoga This class is for those seeking a less vigorous yoga practice or for individuals sufferine or recovering from an accident, surgery, or chronic illness, such as Parkison's disease or auto immune deficiency diseases. Each session incorporates stretching exercises to help improve posture, flexibility, balance, coordination, and relaxation. A generous use of props ensures that each student -- regardless of age or ability -- achieves the maximum benefit from each pose while avoiding injury. All levels welcome.
Restorative Yoga Restorative Yoga is a meditative practice designed to relax the body, calm the nerves and still the mind. This class features soothing, quieting, supported poses to release tension and increase circulation of blood to key organs. You'll learn how to free yourself from the negative effects of stress and tap into the body's natural ability to heal itself to prevent and reduce physical problems like headaches, back pain, high blood pressure, asthma and fatigue. This practice is great for those recovering from illness or injury or those just feeling weak, stressed out, or depleted from daily activities. All levels welcome.
Yoga Kurunta Kurunta means puppet in Sankrit. In asana, using the wall ropes to manipulate their limbs and suspend their bodies, students become much like marionettes. Except, in this case, the puppet and the puppeteer are one and the same. Using ropes, students become more aware of their own asymmetries and can more easily attain proper alignment. Performing asana with the assistance of the ropes, students are able to target specific areas of the body strengthening and stretching as they progress. The rope wall makes possible poses that are difficult due to age, stiffness, injury or fear. Balance is improved along with flexibility and stamina. Students often experience asana on a deeper level because they are able to remain longer in the pose. Once students learn to take support of the ropes, they develop courage to pursue poses that once seemed impossible to them.
Unnata (Aerial Yoga) : elevated in body and spirit This class employs the use of a Yoga Swing as a prop to improve direction, perception, depth, duration, and alignment in yoga poses. The Swing -- a nylon, parachute-like material which is suspended with straps from a metal beam secured in the ceiling -- offers support in a wide range of positions, both on and above the mat. It helps to eliminate compression from the joints, strengthens the core muscles, increases flexibility and prevents back strain. Unnata practice is not appropriate for pregnant woman or those suffering from untreated high blood pressure or glaucoma.
Yoga for the Family Parents and children have the opportunity to experience the benefits of yoga together. Yoga has many health benefits for all ages, as it strengthens the mind and body while incerasing self-awareness. In today's world many parents find it challenging to find time for their own practice while juggling their children's activities. In Yoga for the Family, parents can enjoy their time on the mat as an individual while spending time with their children and vice versa.
Hatha Yoga Hatha is a general term used to describe the physical aspects of yoga. There are many different branches or schools of Hatha Yoga, including Iyengar, Astanga, Bikram, Kundalini and others. The focus of Hatha yoga is primarily physical: the poses (asanas) that have become familiar to most Western yogis. Hatha yoga is intended to prepare the body-mind for the higher practices of meditation and self-awareness.
Introduction to Pranayama Pranayama is a Sanskrit word meaning "lengthening of the prana or breath". The word is composed of two Sanskrit words, Prana (life force or vital energy, particularly the breath) and "ayama" (to lengthen or extend). Pranayama can help lower your blood pressure, calm a racing heart, improve your digestion, and over time, increase your lung capacity. Breath control helps to calm the body and the mind in preparation for meditation.
Sutra Study This class is designed for those wanting to deepen their understanding of the philosophy of yoga through the study of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras.
Pilates A unique approach to exercise that improves core strength, flexibility, and range of motion in order to support efficient, gracefull movement.
Fitness Training Allow yourself to experience something much deeper than the monotony and burn of just a physical workout. Discover a safer, more effective, therapeutic, and enjoyable way to exercise. With carefull consideration for your specific needs and goals we will design a program to awaken in you your full potential. Your exciting journey will include different modalities of mind body training to include just the right amount of cardiovascular excercise, strength training, Pilates, Iyengar Yoga, meditation and/or Reiki. Discover your true self so you can enjoy life to its fullest.