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.
Many ancient texts have been written about yoga. The one students likely hear about most frequently in Iyengar yoga classes is “The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.” Are you interested in discussing the ideas that were presented in this text, written somewhere between one or two thousand years ago? What is the relevance and purpose of the Sutras, and how does the text relate to us today? Starting in January, Linda will present an aspect of the Sutras and will lead a discussion in order to provoke thinking and clarify meaning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A monthly 3-hour class for students who are registered in weekly Iyengar yoga classes and who are interested in exploring the practice more deeply. Students need to be stable in sirsasana (headstand at wall acceptable) and sarvangasana (adapted shoulderstand acceptable).
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.