Class Descriptions

Which class is for me?

Students new to Iyengar yoga or are beginners, start in a Level 1 class. Those who are recuperating from illness or surgery or have bodies needing to move carefully will find the Gentle class suitable. A detailed description of these and all other classes are found below.

Level 1

A level suitable to beginners and obligatory for students new to Iyengar yoga. Here, the foundation work is done in order to maximize healthy yoga development. Under the teacher's guidance, each student studies at their own pace. The foundational yoga poses are systematically and safely introduced so that students can improve in mobility, strength and flexibility. Some students choose to continue to develop their yoga practice at this level rather than move to higher levels.

Level 2

For those who have taken at least one full session of Level 1 Iyengar yoga classes. Once the student and teacher agree that foundation work is strong enough and that there is a good balance between mobility, strength and flexibility in the yoga asana (postures) a student can move on to a class of this level.

Level 3

For ongoing students working with all categories of the poses (e.g. backbends, inversions, twists, sitting-forward bends and/or pranayama) on a regular basis and who are developing a home practice.

Mixed levels (1,2 / 2,3 / 1,2,3)

Here the teacher will work with all the stated level students together to develop a deeper understanding of Iyengar yoga practice. Students are assisted in working safely and appropriately at their current level. Beginners are welcome in any class, which has "Level 1" in its description, even if it also says Level 2 or 3. The number of new beginners might be limited in mixed level classes.

Going Deeper

“After a session of yoga, the mind becomes tranquil and passive” B.K.S Iyengar.
A monthly class for adept students who can hold a five minute independent headstand, balance in Sirsasana II in the middle of the room and has a dedicated home practice. We will focus on what each practitioner could work on in the weeks between classes, in order to grow in their practice.

Pranayama

Pranayama in yoga refers to the study of the breath and the way in which the breath enhances our life force. All Iyengar yoga students work with the breath as it is an integrated part of the body and its movement. In all our classes, teachers will focus on breath awareness and specific breath studies on a regular basis, at least a few times during a session. The dedicated pranayama classes (on Saturday and Thursday) are open to students enrolled in any regular class who want to develop more breath awareness towards a pranayama practice.

Gentle

Traditional poses are adapted using props to encourage passive extensions relevant for recuperation and/or bodies needing to move carefully. This class is suitable for students wanting a less active practice. Students in regular classes who become pregnant could, in consultation with their regular teacher, transfer to a class of this level.

Foundational

In this yoga class we will delve deeply into the basic poses that form the foundation of our Iyengar yoga practice. Students will focus on the principles of each pose so as to deepen their understanding and to improve the quality of their asanas. Because the class will be studying the poses of the Level I and II curriculum, beginners are welcome. However, a practitioner of any experience can benefit from an in depth grounding in the foundations.

Pune Practice (for Iyengar teachers and trainees)

The Yoga Space will be open for three-hour practice sessions on designated Friday afternoons. Similar to the daily practice at RIMYI in India, participants will be welcome to use the studio equipment to delve into their own practice in the company of other teachers. While the main focus is to deepen one's independent practice, being with other teachers provides the opportunity to ask questions and give each other help when needed. Participating in the Pune Practice series is a commitment to one's own practice. Louie and/or Linda will be in attendance. From September to December, 7 afternoons have been designated for practice sessions. For dates see Year at a Glance. Fridays: 1:00–4:00pm.

Yoga Kurunta/Ropes

Kuranti is a puppet, a doll made of wood. Performing yoga asana with the aid of a rope allows difficult asanas to be practiced with ease. The studio is equipped with 18 sets of yoga kurunta ropes. In regular classes, as is typical of classical Iyengar yoga, students learn to use the ropes to enhance their understanding of and experience of poses.

Independent Practice

During the independent practice, students who are registered in classes at The Yoga Space may use the studio in order to do their own practice. While there is a teacher present, no instruction is given. If students are interested in attending during this time period, they need to inform the studio 24 hours in advance.

40-day Sadhana

"Sadhana" means practice. When we commit to a practice of 40 days in a row we are better able to sustain a personal practice afterwards. A regular yoga practice enhances our wellbeing and extends to all aspects of our life.

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