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 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.
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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.