Because of the progressive nature of Iyengar Yoga, students with no previous experience in the system begin with Gentle or Level I classes. You learn the fundamentals of alignment and terminology for performance of poses at more advanced levels.
You can repeat any level as often as you desire. We recommend discussing your needs with your teacher to help determine the level right for you and when to move to more advanced levels.
You can read about the classes on the tabs below. The students in the photos are doing poses typical to the class levels.
Standard poses are adapted to deal with injuries or conditions such as arthritis or fibromyalgia.
For new or experienced students who want a slower pace because of limited mobility or health issues.
Utthita Trikonasana (triangle pose); Utthita Parsvakonasana (side angle pose); Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog pose)
This is the basic introductory class for students new to the Iyengar yoga system. The class focuses on standing poses, forward bends and twists. The class introduces basic inversions and the fundamentals of back-bending.
Poses from left to right are examples of the Beginning poses: Utthita Trikonasana (triangle pose); Utthita Parsvakonasana (side angle pose); Vrksasana (tree pose)
This class is designed for students who have had at least 2 sessions of Beginner and feel ready to move on to a few more inversions, basic back-bends, and new standing poses. Poses are held for longer periods of time. The class introduces the headstand.
Sirsasana (head balance); Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana (two feet inverted staff pose); Eka Pada Sarvangasana (one leg shoulder balance pose)
This class is for students with at least 1 year of Iyengar yoga experience and who have strong standing poses. Along with the refinement of the basic poses, the class focuses on regular work on back-bends, inversions and breath. The class introduces the full arm balance. Urdhva Prasarita Ekapadasana (downward facing extended one leg pose); Dhanurasana (bow pose); Adho Mukha Vrksasana (downward facing tree pose)
This class is for students with Iyengar Yoga experience at Tree House or other Iyengar Yoga studios. The poses range from basic to more advanced, with students working at their appropriate level. All categories of poses are explored. This class is great for a student visiting from out of town, make-up classes, or challenging yourself to move to another level.
Pranayama is the art and science of yogic breathing practices. The class is for those new to the practice as well as more experienced students. Experience with yoga asana is required for the class as they are used as preparation for Pranayama.