Iyengar

Iyengar

Study one pose at a time in-depth, focusing on structural alignment, using props (including heavy textbooks and couch cushions) to make each pose accessible.

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  • Iyengar: Prepare Shoulders and Groins for Back Bends • Nadja Refaie • 50 min

    This sequence focuses on opening the armpits and lengthening the groins in preparation for back bends. Includes one chair back bend. Geared toward students with some Iyengar yoga experience.
    Suggested props: blankets, belt, blocks, chair

  • Iyengar: Supplemental Stretches for Stiff Bodies • Claire Carroll • 20 min

    This session presents modified poses and supplemental stretches to help create greater mobility and suppleness in the body and mind.
    Suggested props: chair, one blanket/towel

  • Iyengar: Inversion Practice for Experienced Students • Tristan Binns 30 min

    For experienced Iyengar practitioners. This practice is a good preparation for inversions, plus Salamba Sirsasana and Salamba Sarvangasana. A good straightforward afternoon/evening inversion practice. Please already be steady in your inversions before doing this practice.
    Suggested props: 2 block...

  • Iyengar • Level One Hips don't Lie! • Shara Lewis • 60min

    This class gives detailed instructions and cues for proper positioning and alignment as you work your way through an invigorating class with a variety of standing, seated, and back bending poses.

    Suggested Props: 3 blankets, 2 blocks, belt.

  • Iyengar - All Levels • Michael Galvin • 60min

    BKS Iyengar often spoke of letting every pore of the skin become an eye. In this all-level class, we’ll explore how to cultivate and expand awareness using the hands and arms. We’ll explore alignment from the core to the periphery, and awareness from the periphery to the core.

    Suggested Props: ...

  • Iyengar: 10-Minute Stretch • Shara Lewis • 10 min

    Take this class on its own, or as an add-on to another class. This class focuses on stretching the legs and extending the spine. Because it is entirely performed while lying on your back, it can be a restorative class.

    Suggested Props: belt

  • Iyengar: Level 1/2: Stretch and Twist • Shara Lewis • 60 min

    An excellent overall class with a focus on spinal extension and twists. Nice variety of seated and standing poses. Shoulder stand with variations is included.

    Suggested Props: Three blankets, belt, two blocks, chair (optional)

  • Iyengar: Relaxation in Supine Bound Angle Pose • Shara Lewis • 10 min

    Enjoy a guided meditation and short restorative practice while set up in Supine Bound Angle Pose (Supta Baddha Konasa). Cultivates inner stillness, while opening of the hips and heart, and is helpful in increasing lateral mobility in the knees. Add this class before or after any class or take th...

  • Iyengar: Level One Mini Morning Class • Shara Lewis • 30 min

    This is a level one class that moves along quickly from seated poses, to forward bends, to standing poses, without a long meditation. There are no inversions in this class. A great class to start your day, stretch your legs, and get warmed up.

    Suggested props: Mat, 2-3 blankets, belt

  • Iyengar: Shoulder Stands Three Ways • Shara Lewis • 15 min

    Learn how to set up props correctly in order to safely go into Salamba Sarvangasana (supported shoulder stand). This mini class offers three different ways to work on shoulder stand, with details on how to measure for correct positioning. We do not stay in shoulder stand long; the class is intend...

  • Iyengar: Forward Extensions and Twists • Claire Carroll • 40 min

    This session presents ways to make seated forward extensions and twists accessible for practitioners of all levels. It also highlights how these poses can cultivate mental clarity and agility.

    Suggested Props: wall, chair, blocks, belt

  • Iyengar: Backbends for Courage, Discipline, & Vigor • Claire Carroll • 30 min

    In this session, we explore how simple back bending poses build courage, discipline, and vigor. This is part one of a two-part series.

    Suggested Props: wall

  • Iyengar: Refining Parsvottanasana • Nadja Refaie • 20 min

    Learn how to work with your legs to bring stability in the hips and length in the spine. We’ll work with the same geometry in 3 different poses to focus on using the legs to stabilize the hips, balance the pelvis and keep the sides of the body equal in length.

    Suggested Props: 2 blocks

  • Iyengar: Backbending Actions – A First Step • Nadia Refaie • 45 min

    Explore the actions needed for safe, easeful backbends with Nadja. We will open the shoulder joints, lengthen the sides and elongate the hip flexors to prepare the body to arch backwards. We will focus on these actions and practice virabhadrasana I (warrior I), urdhva mukha svanasana (upward faci...

  • Iyengar: Yoga for Back Care • Rosie Richardson • 60 min

    In this sequence, Iyengar Yoga teacher Rosie Richardson takes you through a gentle sequence to help with generalized low back pain. Even those with little or no experience with yoga can experience the benefits of this practice.

    Props: 2 blocks, 2 blankets, 1 chair, and one strap

  • Iyengar: Using the Wall as a Prop: Part 1 • Nadja Refaie • 40 min

    This class explores how we use the wall as a prop in Iyengar yoga. The wall can help us use our arms and legs more effectively and help us develop proprioception about our body’s placement. We will explore using the wall for Adho Mukha Svansana (downward facing dog), some standing and seated pose...

  • Iyengar Ropes: Standing Poses • Tristan Boyer Binns • 15 min

    Use the wall ropes to do Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose) two ways, and learn how to use the same set up for Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II Pose) and Utthita Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle Pose). Also enjoy a version of Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose). Tristan sug...

  • Iyengar Ropes: Warm Ups • Tristan Boyer Binns • 15 min

    Learn how to use the wall ropes to do a simple warm up sequence, with variations and versions of Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend Pose) and Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose). Tristan suggests watching the video once before practicing along with it.

    Suggested Props: Ropes Wall

  • Iyengar: Swastikasana & Savasana: Bookending Practice • Michael Galvin • 30 min

    Explore the importance of the transition from one part of your day to another. Mark the transition into your yoga practice by cultivating awareness in a simple seated pose and then enjoy a restful Savasana (Corpse Pose). For those who struggle with the stillness and the quiet of Savasana, the pos...

  • Iyengar: Chanting Yoga Sutras of Patanjali • Popsi Narasimhan • 30 min

    Deeper thanks to our wonderful Iyengar Assistant & Teacher Popsi Narasimhan for this landmark oration of one of the foundational texts of classical yoga. The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali are a collection of 196 Sanskrit sutras (aphorisms) on the theory and practice of yoga compiled around 500 BCE by ...

  • Iyengar: Standing Poses for Strength & Stability • Nadja Refaie • 45 min

    Enjoy this sequence of standing and seated poses to bring firmness to the legs and stability in the hips. Explore how these actions create length in the sides and freedom in the body and mind. This class is for all levels.

  • Iyengar: Using the Wall as a Prop Part 2 • Nadia Refaie • 50 min

    Join Nadja Refaie for Part 2 of this two-part series exploring ways to use the wall as a prop in Iyengar yoga. The wall can help us stabilize our body in twists as well as help us develop proprioception about our body’s placement. In this video we’ll use the wall to explore parivrtta trikonasana,...