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.

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, supplemental or as preparation for the more challenging “level” classes.

Happy Joints
This class is designed for those suffering from arthritis, bursitis, inflammation, pain and limited range of motion in the joints.  Also appropriate for those who just want to maintain or improve on joint health and mobility.  All levels welcome. 

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.

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.
Relieve tension from the neck and shoulders in this class.  There will be an emphasis on the upper back, opening the chest and deep breathing.  All levels welcome.

Practice Challenge 1 and 1-2
Ready to integrate what you’ve learned in your Level 1 or 1-2 course into your personal practice?  This rigorous group practice  will run the entire syllabus of Level 1 or Level 1-2 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 or Level 1-2.

Pranayama
Rest and breathe in supported postures to alleviate fatique, 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
For therapy students and students of all levels, including beginners.  Rest and breathe in supported and restorative 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 & iRest Yoga Nidra
An in depth study and practice of breathing techniques for physical and mental health.  This class will also have a half hour of the research based meditative practice of iRest Yoga Nidra; using the support of blankets and bolsters in a supine position for deep rest and repair.  All are welcome.

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 Inversions & Backbends  Re-energize with supported  inversions and backbends.  All levels welcome.

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.