Portland Yoga Studio
About Our Classes

At JLYC, our classes are offered on a quarterly basis. Weekly classes teach an orderly, systematic progression of poses to develop each student's ability both within a class and from one class to the next. Consistent attendance reinforces learning.

We believe yoga is a continual process of learning and growth. We have structured our levels to reflect a progression based on experience, depth of understanding and skill level. This natural progression provides a foundation for growth based on the previous level.

Although we have provided guidelines, we encourage you to move from one level to the next at your own pace. Always feel free to ask the advice of your instructor or give us a call if you are uncertain about which level is most appropriate for you.

Level 1: Introduction for beginning students or students new to the Iyengar method. Emphasis is on the fundamentals of alignment through stretching and strengthening to achieve balance. Focus is on basic postures, with special attention to standing poses and breath.

Level 1-2: For students who have completed at least one year of Level I and prefer a gradual transition to Level II. This level is also ideal for those with previous yoga experience who are new to JLYC.

Level 2: For students who have completed a minimum of one year of Iyengar Yoga. A wider range of basic poses including standing poses, beginning inversions, back arches, forward bends and twists will be introduced and refined. How to link these poses into home practice sequences will be addressed. This will assist you in bringing the benefits of yoga into your daily life.

Level 2-3: For students who have completed at least one year of Level 2 and who are ready to move beyond the basics. Refinement of standing poses, inversions, backbends, seated twists, forward bends and beginning arm balances are part of this class.

Level 3: For students who have taken Level 2 for at least one year: you should be able to do headstand (at the wall), full arm balance against the wall, shoulder stand, and back arches from the floor. In addition to refining familiar poses, variations of the inversions as well as more challenging back arches and twists will be explored. As understanding of the poses deepens, the inner experience of yoga reveals itself.

Adaptive Yoga: Designed to meet the needs of people with MS, fibromyalgia, vestibular disorders, post-polio syndrome, chronic fatigue, Parkinson’s disease, or any other condition that leaves one feeling balance-challenged, fatigued, and in pain. Poses include gentle stretches, restorative, balance work and strengthening.

Aging Well: This class addresses the needs of older practitioners allowing them to focus on the preservation of energy and the balance and relaxation of the nervous system. The postures focus on particular problems related to aging in a non-challenging nurturing environment.

Back Care Yoga: For those seeking to gently improve the health of their back. Using basic Iyengar Yoga principles, guidance is provided to lessen pain and improve function. All are welcome to attend.

Gentle Yoga: The gentle class is offered for students who want a slower paced, less rigorous class. Focus is on increasing mobility and flexibility while enhancing physical and mental vitality. Ideal for seniors.

Drop-ins: Although we encourage students to register for a full term, we do allow drop-ins. The drop-in fee is $18; the drop-in fee for students enrolled in another weekly class is $15.

Private Instruction: Personalized yoga consultations are available. Check with your teacher to schedule a session.