Yoga Levels

Experience Levels

Supportive & Recuperative Levels

Level I : Basic fundamentals class for beginners of all styles

Level I/II : For students with  a bit of experience, ready for a gradual transition.

Level II : Refining the basics. Inversions introduced.

Level II/III: Students firmly established in the practice

Level III: For students who are strong in standing and are confident in headstand, shoulderstand and plow. By invitation only

  • Ageless Yoga
  • Restorative
  • Introductory Series
  • Backcare
  • Gentle Yoga 
  • Chair Yoga
  • Yoga for Arthritis

Level I

For beginners. Introduces foundational poses of particular styles and traditions. You will progress steadily and safely towards the next level learning the fundamentals of posture, alignment and breath. Most stay in Level I for many sessions or a lifetime. For students new to Iyengar style yoga, or returning to yoga after a hiatus. This level introduces and consolidates the basic principles of alignment of the standing poses, the seated poses, and the movements of the spine for beginning backbends, forward bends, and twists. This level is recommended  and appropriate for those with chronic back, neck, knee, or hip ailments or limitations that require support.

Level I/II

For beginners and students who prefer a gradual transition to Level II. Ideal for those with previous yoga experience who are new to our studios and different traditions and want to become acquainted with our styles and methods at the center.

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Level II

Students in this class who feel complete with the level I/II classes. The basic poses are refined with an emphasis on breath and movement. Inverted poses are introduced, as well as the philosophy and home practice. For students who have studied or practiced Iyengar yoga for six months or more, this level builds upon the concepts introduced in level 1. A student begins to increase his/her stamina and strength by holding postures for slightly longer times. At this level, students also begin to practice poses such as Setu Bandha (bridge pose) and supported Sarvangasana (shoulder stand). Additionally, students prepare for Sirsasana (headstand) by building strength and awareness of the core and upper body anatomy.

Level II/III

Students in this class are firmly established in their practice of yoga and are ready to move beyond the basics. The emphasis of this class goes beyond gross physical actions of basic asana and pranayama. It teaches more complex asana and pranayamas, subtle action in basic poses, higher levels of concentration and coordination of mental and physical states as part of a complete yoga practice.

Level III

For serious students and teachers. For students with  prior Iyengar or Viniyoga or Vinyasa or Kundalini training who are strong in their practice and are confident in their inversions and backbends. Formal pranayama and philosophy is taught as is meditation and chanting.

Gentle Yoga

These classes are for students who are stiff, recovering from health issues, or have a particular limitation, or who would prefer a slower paced, less rigorous class. May be joined at anytime.

Ageless Yoga

For all ages and levels. Developed especially for people over 50 years old, this class focuses on helping to enhance flexibility, strength, and balance in a supportive environment.

Introductory Series

For students new to Iyengar yoga. Introduces foundational poses. Appropriate for those returning to or starting a yoga practice, or for those who have done other kinds of yoga but who have not studied Iyengar methodology.

Backcare or Basics

This back class has many names and is for people looking to support back health, care and comfort, but not in acute pain. Classical asanas are taught with support and are modified to suit each individual. Standing poses, forward bends, twists, and beginning backbends are taught along with resting asanas all supported to give relief from pain and understanding of extension and how to move from the hips and shoulders.

Restorative Yoga

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Yoga for Arthritis

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Chair Yoga

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Yoga for men

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