Class Descriptions & Fees

LEVELS 1 THROUGH 3

These “level classes” progress according to a syllabus which all our teachers follow. It is suggested that you attend the full quarter in sequence to benefit fully. (Classes within the same week may be interchanged.) All students should begin with Level 1 unless they have previous Iyengar yoga experience. Each level introduces a new group of postures and is not necessarily more difficult, but rather, is more detailed or more subtle and builds upon the previous level’s work.

Level 1
Introduction for students new to yoga or new to the Iyengar method. Begins standing postures, standing forward bends, twists and shoulder balance. Students may repeat this course twice (up to 9 months) then proceed to level 2. Level 1 classes are challenging and should not be considered “easier” than level 2.

Level 1-2
This class is a mixed-level class for continuing Level 1 students. NO BEGINNERS. (It is not necessary to attend level 1-2 classes before moving to level 2.)

Level 2
Prerequisite 6-9 months level 1 or the equivalent Iyengar method experience. This class introduces more complex standing postures, headstand, backbends and inversions.

Advanced Level 2
This class requires permission from the teacher to attend. It also requires 6-9 months of Level 1-2 or Level 2 classes and a daily inversion practice. This class may move faster than a regular level 2 class, and it will require more mental stamina and some ability to self-adjust for

SPECIALTY CLASSES

All specialty classes below are appropriate for beginners and may be used primarily, supplemental or as preparation for the more challenging “level” classes.

Align the Spine
Supportive and active postures to correct spinal misalignment and integrate movements of the spine with the arms and legs.

Hips & Low Back
This class will teach a series of postures aiming at full mobility and essential stability of the hip joints. Excellent for those with back and spine issues.

Neck and Shoulders
Variations of postures to open the neck, upper back and shoulders and prepare students for challenging classic asanas such as handstands, headstands and shoulder stands. All levels welcome.

Neck and Shoulders Tuesday evening with Michelle
Relieve tension from the neck and shoulders in this class.  There will also be an emphasis on the upper back, opening the chest and deep breathing.  All levels welcome.

Inversions and Backbends
Re-energize midday with a combination of supported and active inversions and backbends.  Prerequisite:  6 months Level 1 or equivalent Iyengar experience.

Practice Challenge
Ready to integrate what you’ve learned in your Level 1 syllabus with timed holds of each posture. The instructor will lead the class supplemented by video projections created especially for this course.  The sequence with move quickly compared to most Level classes.  Sanskrit vocabulary, yoga anatomy and detailed instruction on one pose will be covered each week.  Excellent for those interested in teaching, certification, or simply a more athletic and active practice.  Prerequisite:  Full quarter Level 1.

Practice with a Chair
This class will explore creative uses of a chair to enhance classic asanas including back bends, forward bends, twists, inversions and standing postures.  You’ll be surprised what you can accomplish with the use of a chair!

Pranayama
Rhythmic breathing techniques are then done lying down, and seated, to steady your nervous system and develop respiratory and cardiovascular health. Learn a series of distinct breathing patterns that alleviate stress and fatigue to develop ease. Come as you are, no experience needed. Dress for comfort and warmth.

Restorative
For therapy students and students of all levels, including beginners.  This class will introduce breathing/pranayama and supported, restorative postures designed for deep rest and healing.

Supported Asana
This class uses yoga props to support the body for better alignment, for better opening of the joints and for teaching the receptive aspect of the postures while developing strength/stability. This class bridges the gap between relaxation and fully-active/classic asana work.  Excellent for beginners, those fearful of beginning, and those with stiffness in the body.

Supported Level 1  This class follows the Level 1 syllabus but uses more support from the use of props.  This is a “Pay What You Can” Class.  Donation can be made at the studio at class time or payment of regular rate.

Yoga Therapy
This class is for beginners or continuing students recovering from injury or illness. Each student practices an individualized sequence designed according to the student’s specific needs. Contact Sara at (412) 401-2162 to discuss participation before coming to class.

 50+ Level 1
This class is appropriate for beginning and continuing students who may need additional time and support to move into and out of postures. It is geared to those with less flexibility. Under 50 years of age students are welcome.

PRACTICE SESSIONS

Open practice
This time for individual yoga practice is open to all currently registered students. Sara, and some of the other teachers, will practice at this time. You may discover much by watching your teachers practice and may find it beneficial to practice with a group. Quiet is observed. No charge.