Frequently Asked Questions
This pass is for any new student who wants to try four Intro level classes. After the four classes you can continue with a membership or passes.
The membership is by a rolling month based on when you first sign up. For example, if you sign up on Jan. 2 then your next payment would be Feb. 2. Your credit card is charge automatically. You can sign up any day of the month that suits you best.
A membership is more economical and includes additional supports to developing a practice (such as class recordings).
No, you can just show up. It is a good idea to check the class schedule to ensure we are not on holiday that day or week.
We teach a method called Iyengar Yoga. Iyengar Yoga is a classic form of yoga that uses breath and alignment to create integrated action and awareness. Classes are conducted without music so students can focus on specific instructions and develop a quiet, alert state of mind. Poses are generally practiced one at a time so that details of alignment can be taught. Strength and stamina are developed by learning how to hold the poses. Students learn and progress though verbal instructions, observation of the teacher’s demonstrations, watching the teacher work with other students, and optional hands on corrections.
Yoga methods can vary widely. We recommend that students with experience in another method spend some time in the Intro class to learn the basics of the Iyengar approach. The amount of time a someone remains in the Intro level varies from person to person. Talk to your teacher if you want to move up to the next level.
An Intro class begins with correcting your fundamental posture through an emphasis on standing poses. You will also learn a series of arm and shoulder movements designed to improve the mobility and alignment of you neck, shoulders and upper back. Seated and reclining poses are included, and basic inverted poses are introduced in this level.
You do not need to be flexible, strong, fit, or young to practice yoga. Yoga begins from where you are now. Through gradual, intelligent practice (over a period of time), yoga will promote flexibility, strength, and balance. But these are only the physical benefits. The practice of yoga helps us develop mental focus and poise, and emotional peace and serenity. These benefits are available to everyone.
Clothing for yoga classes should be comfortable and should not obscure the body. Most students wear a simple T-shirt with shorts or athletic pants. Yoga is done with bare feet. Please do not wear strong perfumes or other scents.
Yoga is best done on an empty stomach. If you are hungry a light snack is fine an hour before the class starts. Unless you have medical condition that requires you drink water during class you should drink water before and after class.
Yoga is for everyone. Whatever your age, condition or body type, you can benefit from the practice of yoga. Iyengar Yoga specializes in making yoga postures accessible to all through the use of clear instruction and progression, props as learning tools, and modifications to classic yoga poses.
The 60+ class is an Intro level for those who need a slower pace. If you are over 60 and have physical concerns, such as a stiff back or other mild irritations, you should try this class.
Iyengar Yoga is known for its innovative and effective approach to alleviate common aches and ailments. Our classes are not a replacement for physical therapy, but for chronic, low-grade issues, Iyengar Yoga can be very effective.
Like any other physical activity, yoga practice can occasionally result in a muscle strain or rarely, an injury. Iyengar Yoga is known for its meticulous approach to accurate alignment, progressive learning, and individual modification of poses, all which make injuries less likely to occur.