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 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 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.
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.
Yoga for MS: This class is designed specifically for people with multiple sclerosis or other diseases that may limit strength, mobility and/or balance. This ongoing class focuses on increasing range of motion and balance, and maintaining the healthy functions of the internal organs. With an emphasis on personal attention, sequences are modified to accommodate individuals' varying needs.
Drop-ins: Although we encourage students to register for a full term, we do allow drop-ins. The drop-in fee is $17; the drop-in fee for students enrolled in another class is $15. Please bring cash or check.
Private Instruction: Personalized yoga consultations are available. Check with your teacher to schedule a session.
The challenges and rewards of weekly classes at JLYC are an indispensable part of my life. I am amazed that after 10 years of class, I continue to receive new and exciting revelations about the ways my body works (or doesn’t)! These observations inform my emerging personal asana practice, and my entire spiritual and psychological well being.