Class Descriptions & Fees

LEVELS 1 THROUGH 3

These “level classes” each progress according to a syllabus which all of 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 new 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. Teaches standing postures, standing forward bends, twists and shoulder balance. Students may repeat this course 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.

Level 2-3
Students at this level must be practicing Sirsasana and Sarvangasana at home, and attempting to push up into Urdhva Dhanurasana.  Students at this level should also have a basic understanding of how to self-correct and modify for any minor injuries they have.  Permission from Christina is required to attend.  No beginners, please.

SPECIALTY CLASSES

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

Hips & Shoulders
This class will focus for 45 minutes each on the hips and shoulders.  Learn postures aiming at full mobility and essential stability of the hip and shoulder joints.  Excellent for those with pain or stiffness.

Pranayama
Rest and breathe in supported postures to alleviate fatigue, reduce stress and tension, fortify the immune system, recover from illness and connect the body, mind and spirit.  Wear warm, comfortable clothing.

Pranayama & Chest Openers
Supported chest openers are added to the pranayama practice to facilitate chest expansion and to improve lung capacity. Wear warm, comfortable clothing. For therapy students and students of all levels, including beginners.

Ropes, Hips & Twists
This accessible but challenging course will utilize the rope wall and other props to support a full range of classic asanas focusing on the creation of space, full mobility and essential stability in the hips and spine.

Spring Into Yoga!
Exploring the transition of darkness into light, each class will be divided in half. The first half will include heating, energizing chest opening postures to melt the stagnation of winter. The second half will balance the nervous system with deep rest and pranayama.

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 Asana/Restorative
In addition to Supported Asana (see above), this class will introduce breathing/pranayama and supported, restorative postures designed for deep rest and healing.  For therapy students and students of all levels, including beginners.

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. Text Sara at (412) 401-2162 to discuss participation before coming to class.

Yoga for 50+
This class is appropriate for beginning and continuing students who may need additional time and support to move into and out of postures. It introduces a range of asanas to improve mobility, posture and stamina.

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.