If uncertain which class is right for you, simply come to a class. After seeing you in the class and discussing your goals, the teacher can best advise you regarding class placement.
LEVELS 1 THROUGH 3
These “level classes” progress according to a syllabus which all our teachers follow. It is suggested that you attend the full quarter in sequence to beneﬁt fully. (Classes within the same week may be interchanged.) All students should begin with Level 1 unless they have previous Iyengar yoga experience. Each level introduces a new group of postures and is not necessarily more difficult, but rather, is more detailed or more subtle and builds upon the previous level’s work.
Introduction for students new to yoga or new to the Iyengar method. Begins standing postures, standing forward bends, twists and shoulder balance. Students may repeat this course twice (up to 9 months) then proceed to level 2. Level 1 classes are challenging and should not be considered “easier” than level 2.
This class is a mixed-level class for continuing Level 1 students. NO BEGINNERS. (It is not necessary to attend level 1-2 classes before moving to level 2.)
Prerequisite 6-9 months level 1 or the equivalent Iyengar method experience. This class introduces more complex standing postures, headstand, backbends and inversions.
All specialty classes below are appropriate for beginners and may be used primarily, supplementally or as preparation for the more challenging “level” classes.
This class uses yoga props to support the body for better alignment, for better opening of the joints and for teaching the receptive aspect of the postures while developing strength/stability. This class bridges the gap between relaxation and fully-active/classic asana work.
Supported Asana & Relaxation
This course introduces relaxation and an understanding of the relaxation response through yogic breathing, postures and meditation. Helpful for stress reduction and for recovery from prevention of illness.
Sundays Supported Asana & Relaxation *donation class Sunday’s class structure has three elements for deep rest, resilience and healing. 1. The use of blankets, bolsters, the rope wall and other props to gradually create space and freedom in tight areas of the body. 2. Pranayama breathing techniques are incorporated into postures as well as practiced on their own for a cooling calming effect. These practices fortify the immune system and are a tool for resilience. 3. iRest Yoga Nidra, a guided rest, completes the class. All of these elements are intertwined to bring the effects into ones day and week for restful action and ease of being. All levels and all bodies welcome. Wear layers. This is a “Pay What You Can Class”. Donation can be made at the studio at class time or payment of regular rate.
Pranayama Rhythmic breathing techniques are then done lying down, and seated, to steady your nervous system and develop respiratory and cardiovascular health. Learn a series of distinct breathing patterns that alleviate stress and fatigue to develop ease. Come as you are, no experience needed. Dress for comfort and warmth.
This class is for beginners or continuing students recovering from injury or illness. Each student practices an individualized sequence designed according to the student’s specific needs. Contact Sara at (412) 401-2162 to discuss participation before coming to class.
Yoga for 50+
This class is appropriate for beginning and continuing students who may need additional time and support to move into and out of postures. It is geared to those with less flexibility. Under 50 years of age students are welcome.
Sessions are open to anyone interested in learning about and practicing mindfulness as a way of alleviating suffering in our lives. Free of charge. Open to all. For an idea of the practice please refer to books by Thich Nhat Hanh. No charge.
A Course in Miracles Practice
This one-hour practice is a time for ACIM students to meet, discuss the text and practice the workbook together. We also refer to the Urantia and Conversations with God texts. No charge.
This time for individual yoga practice is open to all currently registered students. Sara, and some of the other teachers, will practice at this time. You may discover much by watching your teachers practice and may find it beneficial to practice with a group. Quiet is observed. No charge.