Where Do I Start?Not sure which class to attend? Check out the descriptions below and if you have additional questions, please don't hesitate to reach out. We’re happy to help you decide which class will be the best fit.
Many people think that they have to be flexible to do yoga, but that’s simply not true. You don’t have to be able to touch your toes, bend backwards, or lift your leg to your head to enjoy our classes. In fact, all you need is the desire to get on the mat and open yourself to the possibility of feeling better than you ever have before. If you’d prefer to learn the very basics of Iyengar Yoga before joining in with other Level 1 students, Yoga Basics is for you.
These classes are designed for those new to Iyengar Yoga and those with little or no yoga experience in general, and accommodate all levels of fitness. They introduce the foundations of Iyengar Yoga, such as proper alignment and sequencing, and develop students’ mobility, strength, flexibility and stability. These dynamic classes focus largely on standing poses, seated poses, forward bends and other fundamental postures including those from the shoulderstand family. Our well-trained teachers ensure that all students work through the postures according to their individual abilities.
For those students who are well practiced in Salamba Sarvangasana (shoulderstand) and other level 1 postures, these classes add further refinements and additional new poses including Sirsasana (headstand). Pranayama (breath awareness and modification) is also introduced.
For students with substantial Iyengar Yoga training who are strong in standing postures and can do Sirsasana with confidence for five minutes. Sirsasana variations, intermediate postures, and seated pranayama are taught.
For students with substantial Iyengar Yoga training who are strong in standing postures and confident in both Sirsasana & Sarvangasana. A broad range of inversions, backbends, arm balancings, and pranayama is introduced at this level. PREREQUISITE: experience with Level 2 &/or permission from the teacher.
Yoga for Stiff Bodies
One of the biggest misconceptions of yoga is that you have to be naturally flexible to do it. Like our Yoga Basics class, this class is designed for students who are new to yoga but with a particular emphasis on working with stiff bodies.
This class emphasizes poses that soothe the nervous system. The use of props in combination with strategic sequencing and timing (often for longer durations) encourages rest, recovery, and restoration.
Want to do yoga but feel a bit vulnerable because of an old injury? Modified Practice might be a perfect fit for you. In this class, you learn basic yoga asanas with a particular emphasis on how to keep your area of vulnerability (i.e. knees, shoulders, low-back, etc.) safe. The principles taught will provide a solid foundation for transitioning into Level 1 classes. Please contact us to discuss your personal circumstances and to coordinate a date and time for the session(s).
Teachers at Studio Po are skilled at responding to the bodies in front of them. The brilliance of BKS Iyengar’s work is that every pose can be modified to accommodate varying skill levels and body types. In an All Levels class, everyone is welcome, regardless of previous experience. The teacher will ensure that everyone is appropriately challenged and safe.