class descriptions

Levels are designed to offer the student a thorough understanding of the postures and depth of the subject. Weekly, regular attendance is highly recommended and prolonged study at each level insures steady progress in the art and science of yoga.

Standing postures are the foundation of the Iyengar method of yoga. In addition to developing awareness in action, they help improve muscular skeletal alignment.

Standing postures are the foundation of the Iyengar method of yoga. In addition to developing awareness in action, they help improve muscular skeletal alignment.

Iyengar yoga emphasizes alignment while developing strength, stamina, flexibility and balance.

Iyengar yoga emphasizes alignment while developing strength, stamina, flexibility and balance.

Backbends and other categories of postures are introduced in Level 2 classes. Props such as chairs, blocks, belts and the wall are used to help maintain safe alignment, to develop more awareness of actions,  and to improve the performance of the postures.  

Backbends and other categories of postures are introduced in Level 2 classes. Props such as chairs, blocks, belts and the wall are used to help maintain safe alignment, to develop more awareness of actions,  and to improve the performance of the postures.  

The Level III-IV class is for intermediate to advanced students and teachers who have been studying Iyengar yoga for a long time, with a self-directed home  practice that includes long inversions.  The teacher's permission is required (in advance) for this class.

The Level III-IV class is for intermediate to advanced students and teachers who have been studying Iyengar yoga for a long time, with a self-directed home  practice that includes long inversions.  The teacher's permission is required (in advance) for this class.

The Iyengar method of teaching uses demonstration, precise instruction of position and actions to be practiced within a posture, and re-demonstration and correction if needed. 

The Iyengar method of teaching uses demonstration, precise instruction of position and actions to be practiced within a posture, and re-demonstration and correction if needed. 

Props are used to support the body in restorative postures.  

Props are used to support the body in restorative postures.  

Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers give individualized adjustments and corrections.  

Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers give individualized adjustments and corrections.  

Level I

Introductory beginner's classes for those new to yoga or new to the Iyengar method, or for experienced yoga students to strengthen their practice of fundamental actions and alignment in asanas (postures). Learn how to align the body and improve functional movement and practice awareness in action. Sanskrit names and yogic philosophy terms are introduced.  

Level II

Classes for continuing students who would like to strengthen their practice of the fundamental actions and alignment  in standing postures, forward and backward extensions, seated postures, spinal twists, and inversions.  Practice awareness in action.  Sanskrit names and philosophy terms are used and pranayama ("study of the breathing process") is introduced. 

Levels III & IV

All categories of asana, pranayama, and yoga philosophy are taught. This class is for teachers and serious students who have a self-directed at home practice.  Ability to maintain Salamba Sirsasana for 5 minutes and Salamba Sarvangasana unsupported for 5 minutes is a prerequisite for this class.  The teacher's permission is also required. 

Gentle & Restorative


Yoga practice contributes to emotional stability and health in many ways. This slower-paced class includes restorative postures and sequences to soothe and restore the nerves.  Postures are taught with more modifications and props to accommodate older students or those who require special assistance and/or have mild chronic health conditions or injuries. 

The yoga asana practice with props is unique in that it is the only form of exercise which allows both action and relaxation simultaneously. They help rejuvenate the entire body, without increasing physical fatigue.
— B.K.S. Iyengar, Yoga the Path to Holistic Health, p. 165, 2001.

Prenatal Yoga

This class includes sequences and yoga postures that especially and specifically benefit and strengthen women's bodies and minds in the transformative experience of pregnancy. Physical, nerving mental and emotional strength is developed through the mindful practice of yoga postures.  Breathing exercises and relaxation techniques are  taught to help calm the nerves through the experience of pregnancy, birth, postpartum healing and beyond.  This class is offered in sessions when there are enough students enrolled.  Enroll online here. 

Women's Class

This mixed-level class includes sequences and postures that especially and specifically benefit women in various stages & cycles of life, from the bent-over postures of motherhood, to the fluctuating hormones of menses  & menopause.  Pregnant & menstruating students are welcomed and encouraged to attend. 

Yoga for Kids & Teens

Yoga is very beneficial for children's overall health and development. While the emphasis is upon mobility and agility for the younger ages, gradually the postures are improved and perfected.  We will also learn and practice poses that are soothing for stomachaches, poses that help with headaches, those which help for sore necks and backs after lots of studying and school work, and which postures help make us strong and improve our posture for daily practice, and much more!  This quickly-paced playful class (especially for children ages 7 & up, tweens & teens welcome!),  is modeled on the children's yoga program taught at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute. This class is offered in sessions when enough students preregister. Register online here.  When kids and teen yoga class is not offered on the weekly schedule, kids and teens are welcome to attend regular classes with parents, and teens may also attend without parents.  

Community Gift Class

At IYCGR, we believe everyone deserves access to the healing of Iyengar Yoga.  Where do you fit on the sliding-scale?
    When I pay at the high end of the scale, I'm helping others to access the class.
    When I pay in the middle range, I help cover costs.
    When I pay in the lower range, I'm letting the community hold and support me.
    If I pay less when I can afford more, I make IYCGR less accessible to those in financial need.
    There may be times when I do not have cash to give, but can offer other gifts (labor, garden veggies, etc), which I will discuss with my teacher.

Your honesty and generosity help us keep our lights on and offer affordable classes!

Private Instruction

Please contact Jennifer to discuss your specific needs.
Some reasons for individual instruction: to work specifically upon a particular limitation with a specific sequence and learn how to modify postures to accommodate and bring health to an injury; to expand and deepen your understanding of a particular asana or category of asana; to ignite or evolve your home practice.

Please remove your shoes before entering the asana hall. Shoes belong in the vestibule at the front door in the shoe racks.  

Please remove your shoes before entering the asana hall. Shoes belong in the vestibule at the front door in the shoe racks.  

Class Etiquette:

Please arrive at least 5 (or 10 minutes for first visit) before class time. Parking is available on Division Ave. and Goodrich SW.  Please leave shoes in the vestibule at the front door in the shoe racks, and personal belongings outside the classroom door: no shoes or drinks in the Asana room, please.  New students must register before class begins.  Please let your teacher know before class if you have any medical issues or concerns, or if you are currently pregnant or menstruating. Please do not wear fragrances; they can be irritating to others. 


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Health is the greatest wealth.
— B.K.S. Iyengar