Class Descriptions

Yoga is one of the oldest systems of personal development.  Evolved over thousands of years, Yoga teaches us how to live in harmony with ourselves and our environment.  At Center for Yoga we welcome you just as you are.  We will find the class that meets your needs and help you grow in your understanding of what Yoga has to offer.  We will assist you in cultivating a safe and effective Yoga practice for reaching your wellness potential.  At Center for Yoga we offer Yoga traditions and styles that create a caring environment and welcoming community where students can practice and flourish under the guidance of our kind and experienced teachers.

Iyengar Yoga


Iyengar Yoga is based on the teachings of Yoga Master BKS Iyengar, author of Light on Yoga and many, many other titles. Guruji Iyengar has highly developed the art and science of asana (postures) and pranayama (breathing) in the practice and the principles of precise body alignment, balanced development of flexiblity, strength and stamina are at the heart of the class. Iyengar Yoga has it's roots in tradition and is relevant for today because it addresses the individual needs of each student by using support (props) using safe and systematic progression in the practice to grow the students understanding and awarness in the yoga practice-posture to posture, class to class, year to year.




Yin Yoga


Yin Yoga was founded by Paulie Zink and his study of the Chinese Taoist philosophies as well as martial arts in which the emphasis in practice is becoming one with the pose, everything, and the self. Main characteristics of Yin Yoga:
~Three Ttatvas/principles: Find your edge, hold in stillness and be there for the length of time.
~Passive postures that are typically 3-5minutes in length while seated or lying down and with the use of yoga props.
~ Targets areas rich in connective tissue such as ligaments, joints, bones, and deep fascia to help move Chi/Prana and bring more fluidity to our body, mind, and life.
~Focus on meridians to help stimulate Chi/Prana and bring balance to the organs and systems of the body.
~ Promotes increases in flexibility, circulation, and joint mobility; as well as learning to calm the mind and encourage better sleep




The Great Rope Wall


The Center for Yoga offers Rope Wall Classes and Training. In every class you will use The Great Yoga rope wall to enhance your understanding of alignment and extension of asana to use on the when practicing in the center of the room. Each six week-long training provides in-depth detailed instruction of rope wall based on the teachings of Bryan Legere. The introductory level training provides proficiency on the ropes through an understanding of basic asanas. Progressively, more advanced postures are taught in Intermediate and Advanced level training. Teachers are encouraged to take introductory and intermediate training and a special three week long training for teachers offering specific instruction for teaching students.




Restorative Yoga


Restorative Yoga uses each aspect of yoga practice, as needed by the individual to foster a sense of good health on multiple levels for the healthiest and most athletic student, as well as gentle therapeutic practices for students with health issues. Restorative Yoga uses props to support the body in positions of comfort and eas to facilitate relaxation. Look up Judith Lasater for more information on Relax and Renew practice information.




Vinyasa Yoga


Vinyasa or Flow Yoga refers to breath-synchronized movement. One pose flows into the next, allowing your breath to guide the movement. Use of the Ujjayi breath, bandhas and drishti are an integral part of Vinyasa Yoga class. Attention through the movement is focused on the journey, where the transitions between postures (the spaces in-between) become opportunities to pay attention to create harmony in mind, body and spirit. Our offerings are classes that focus on a slower pace, exploring healthy movement, to dynamic flow. If you are dealing with any health conditions or injuries, we recommend exploring our more alignment-focused classes or one-on-one lessons before venturing into flowing-style classes so that you can learn which modifications will help keep your practice safe and enjoyable.




Jivamukti Yoga


Jivamukti Yoga is described as a path to enlightenment through compassion for all beings. It is grounded in the original meaning of the Sanskrit word asana as 'seat, connection' and relationship to the Earth. Earth implies all of life. Citing Patanjali's Yoga Sutra, which states that asana should be sthira and sukham (consistent and happy). Jivamukti Yoga maintains that one's relationship to others, (asana) should be mutually beneficial and come from a consistent (sthira) place of joy and happiness. This is an idea that, when put into practice, can dismantle our present culture, which is based on the notion that the Earth and other animals exist for our benefit. The asana practice becomes more than a set of exercises to keep fit, it becomes a way to improve one's relationship to all others and thus lead to Enlightenment and the realization of the oneness of being.





Class Descriptions

Iyengar Yoga


Iyengar Yoga is based on the teachings of Yoga Master BKS Iyengar, author of Light on Yoga and many, many other titles. Guruji Iyengar has highly developed the art and science of asana (postures) and pranayama (breathing) in the practice and the principles of precise body alignment, balanced development of flexiblity, strength and stamina are at the heart of the class. Iyengar Yoga has it's roots in tradition and is relevant for today because it addresses the individual needs of each student by using support (props) using safe and systematic progression in the practice to grow the students understanding and awarness in the yoga practice-posture to posture, class to class, year to year.




Yin Yoga


Yin Yoga was founded by Paulie Zink and his study of the Chinese Taoist philosophies as well as martial arts in which the emphasis in practice is becoming one with the pose, everything, and the self. Main characteristics of Yin Yoga:
~Three Ttatvas/principles: Find your edge, hold in stillness and be there for the length of time.
~Passive postures that are typically 3-5minutes in length while seated or lying down and with the use of yoga props.
~ Targets areas rich in connective tissue such as ligaments, joints, bones, and deep fascia to help move Chi/Prana and bring more fluidity to our body, mind, and life.
~Focus on meridians to help stimulate Chi/Prana and bring balance to the organs and systems of the body.
~ Promotes increases in flexibility, circulation, and joint mobility; as well as learning to calm the mind and encourage better sleep




The Great Rope Wall


The Center for Yoga offers Rope Wall Classes and Training. In every class you will use The Great Yoga rope wall to enhance your understanding of alignment and extension of asana to use on the when practicing in the center of the room. Each six week-long training provides in-depth detailed instruction of rope wall based on the teachings of Bryan Legere. The introductory level training provides proficiency on the ropes through an understanding of basic asanas. Progressively, more advanced postures are taught in Intermediate and Advanced level training. Teachers are encouraged to take introductory and intermediate training and a special three week long training for teachers offering specific instruction for teaching students.




Restorative Yoga


Restorative Yoga uses each aspect of yoga practice, as needed by the individual to foster a sense of good health on multiple levels for the healthiest and most athletic student, as well as gentle therapeutic practices for students with health issues. Restorative Yoga uses props to support the body in positions of comfort and eas to facilitate relaxation. Look up Judith Lasater for more information on Relax and Renew practice information.




Vinyasa Yoga


Vinyasa or Flow Yoga refers to breath-synchronized movement. One pose flows into the next, allowing your breath to guide the movement. Use of the Ujjayi breath, bandhas and drishti are an integral part of Vinyasa Yoga class. Attention through the movement is focused on the journey, where the transitions between postures (the spaces in-between) become opportunities to pay attention to create harmony in mind, body and spirit. Our offerings are classes that focus on a slower pace, exploring healthy movement, to dynamic flow. If you are dealing with any health conditions or injuries, we recommend exploring our more alignment-focused classes or one-on-one lessons before venturing into flowing-style classes so that you can learn which modifications will help keep your practice safe and enjoyable.




Jivamukti Yoga


Jivamukti Yoga is described as a path to enlightenment through compassion for all beings. It is grounded in the original meaning of the Sanskrit word asana as 'seat, connection' and relationship to the Earth. Earth implies all of life. Citing Patanjali's Yoga Sutra, which states that asana should be sthira and sukham (consistent and happy). Jivamukti Yoga maintains that one's relationship to others, (asana) should be mutually beneficial and come from a consistent (sthira) place of joy and happiness. This is an idea that, when put into practice, can dismantle our present culture, which is based on the notion that the Earth and other animals exist for our benefit. The asana practice becomes more than a set of exercises to keep fit, it becomes a way to improve one's relationship to all others and thus lead to Enlightenment and the realization of the oneness of being.





LEVEL 1


For students new Yoga, new to Iyengar style Yoga or returning to Yoga after a hiatus. Level I introduces and consolidates the basic principles of alignment in the standing poses, seated poses, and the movements of the spine for beginning back-bends, forward bends, and twists. Students’ progress steadily and confidently towards the next level while 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 is a great place to begin. This level is recommended and appropriate for those with chronic back, neck, knee, or hip ailments or limitations that require support.




LEVEL 1/2


For students who prefer the gradual transition to Level II. Ideal for those with previous Yoga experience who are new to our studio or have been practicing in a different tradition and would like to become acquainted with our styles and methods at the Center for Yoga.




LEVEL 2


For students who have studied or practiced Iyengar yoga for six months or more, this level builds upon the concepts introduced in level 1. The basic poses are refined with an emphasis on breath and movement. A student begins to develop a relationship with the postures, understanding their benefits in practice and grow in their stamina and strength by remaining in the 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. Concepts on home practice and the philosophy of Yoga are introduced.




LEVEL 2/3


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 introduces pranayamas, the subtle action in basic poses, higher levels of concentration and coordination of mental and physical states as part of a complete Yoga practice.




LEVEL 3


For serious students and teachers. For students with prior Iyengar training who are strong in their practice and are confident in their inversions and back-bends. Formal pranayama and philosophy is taught as is meditation and chanting. Considered an intermediate level, this is for students who have a minimum of 2 or more years of Iyengar yoga, or are able to practice sirsasana and sarvangasana independently (unless there are contraindications.) A good indicator of readiness is the ability to maintain Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog) for up to five minutes. This level also asks students to maintain standing poses for 1 minute or more, seated poses for 3-5 minutes, and to work on intermediate backbends such as Urdhva dhanurasana.




LEVEL 4


For advanced students with 5 or more years of Iyengar yoga experience, this level is for students interested in challenging their limitations. Being able to sustain sirsasana for 5 minutes or more is a good benchmark for this level, as well as being able to attempt variations of legs and arms in inversions. More advanced backbends such as eka pada rajakapotasana and forward bends such as kurmasana, as well as longer holds of twists and some arm balances are all practiced at this level.





Iyengar Yoga

Iyengar Yoga is a highly refined approach to the practice of yoga. Precise alignment, use of props as teaching tools, and modifications of poses according to individual needs are the traditions foundation. Iyengar Yoga is a form of classical Hatha Yoga as developed and refined by Yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar. This method utilizes alignment and breath to create integrated action and awareness. Because of the nature of this guidance, the practice of Yoga is made accessible for people with a wide range of physical capabilities. The benefits of practicing this tradition of Yoga include physical health and vitality, mental clarity and emotional serenity.

The hallmarks of Iyengar yoga are

• Precision in the poses, utilizing specific anatomical detail to create correct alignment

 

• An orderly, systematic progression of poses to develop the student's ability both within a class, and from class to class

• The use of props as teaching tools and aids, allowing students of varying abilities to work in the poses with integrity and alignment

• Highly developed teaching methodology including the precise use of language, demonstration and teaching of specific points of action in a pose, and individual correction and adjustment of students

• A complete approach to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual transformation, bringing the practitioner physical health and vitality, mental clarity and wisdom, and emotional serenity and poise For more information about Iyengar Yoga visit the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States.

More information on Iyengar Yoga can be found here.

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There is no prerequisite to join a Beginning Yoga class, simply a sense of curiosity and adventure!

Levels are intended to help students find the class best suited to their overall current physical and mental state. Levels help define the non-therapy type classes that are general in nature addressing the whole practice of Yoga through the Asana (posture) practice. Students often spend years in the Level 1 and 2 classes because the practice of Yoga is more about deepening your understanding and practicing with confidence rather than accomplishing more. Mobility and stability and understanding the practice grows gradually, but unmistakably, with consistent practice.

LEVEL 1


For students new Yoga, new to Iyengar style Yoga or returning to Yoga after a hiatus. Level I introduces and consolidates the basic principles of alignment in the standing poses, seated poses, and the movements of the spine for beginning back-bends, forward bends, and twists. Students’ progress steadily and confidently towards the next level while 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 is a great place to begin. This level is recommended and appropriate for those with chronic back, neck, knee, or hip ailments or limitations that require support.




LEVEL 1/2


For students who prefer the gradual transition to Level II. Ideal for those with previous Yoga experience who are new to our studio or have been practicing in a different tradition and would like to become acquainted with our styles and methods at the Center for Yoga.




LEVEL 2


For students who have studied or practiced Iyengar yoga for six months or more, this level builds upon the concepts introduced in level 1. The basic poses are refined with an emphasis on breath and movement. A student begins to develop a relationship with the postures, understanding their benefits in practice and grow in their stamina and strength by remaining in the 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. Concepts on home practice and the philosophy of Yoga are introduced.




LEVEL 2/3


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 introduces pranayamas, the subtle action in basic poses, higher levels of concentration and coordination of mental and physical states as part of a complete Yoga practice.




LEVEL 3


For serious students and teachers. For students with prior Iyengar training who are strong in their practice and are confident in their inversions and back-bends. Formal pranayama and philosophy is taught as is meditation and chanting. Considered an intermediate level, this is for students who have a minimum of 2 or more years of Iyengar yoga, or are able to practice sirsasana and sarvangasana independently (unless there are contraindications.) A good indicator of readiness is the ability to maintain Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog) for up to five minutes. This level also asks students to maintain standing poses for 1 minute or more, seated poses for 3-5 minutes, and to work on intermediate backbends such as Urdhva dhanurasana.




LEVEL 4


For advanced students with 5 or more years of Iyengar yoga experience, this level is for students interested in challenging their limitations. Being able to sustain sirsasana for 5 minutes or more is a good benchmark for this level, as well as being able to attempt variations of legs and arms in inversions. More advanced backbends such as eka pada rajakapotasana and forward bends such as kurmasana, as well as longer holds of twists and some arm balances are all practiced at this level.