These are classes for all people who have no experience with Iyengar yoga. Here we learn a yogic approach to the body / mind with introduction to basic asanas (body positions) that are taught to develop strength, endurance and flexibility. Positions taught at this level are the necessary basis for all other levels. Students who have experience with other yoga styles are advised to start with these classes. The teacher can recommend another level if it is more appropriate. It is recommended that students stay at this level for at least 6 to 8 months to establish a solid base.
This yoga level is designed and suitable for people who have been practicing Iyengar yoga method for at least 6 months. In these classes we go deeper into the asanas and continue with a focus on the basic alignment in standing asanas, and also introduce a wider range of other asanas and basic breathing techniques – pranayama. Fundamental yoga poses are introduced systematically and safely so students can gradually develop mobility, strength and flexibility. Knowledge of entering Salamba Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand) is necessary as well as the ability to stay in that position for at least 3 minutes. Headstand, Sirsasana is introduced. It is recommended that students stay at this level for at least one to two years before advancing to the next level.
For those people who have a solid foundation in the previous levels, including Salamba Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand), and want to enhance, refine and develop their yoga practice at a more subtle level. We stay in Sirsasana (Headstand), work on backbends and pranayama. Asanas are more demanding than at the previous level, and ability to stay longer in the poses is required. At this level, students are encouraged to practice regularly at home so that their personal understanding of the yogic poses flares the understanding of the refinement taught in the lesson. Reciting the mantras and reading Yoga Sutras is practiced at this level. It is recommended that students stay at this level for at least two years.
Poses that calm the nervous system prevail during these classes. We stay in the asanas supported with the help of various props, which helps students to stay in the poses for a long time with a sense of comfort and without strain, stimulating rest and recovery so that at the end of the class they feel rejuvenated and calm. Restorative poses contribute to the calmness of the mind and open the body for pranayama. In order to attend the class it is recommended to have at least six months of experience in Iyengar yoga. Restorative yoga is an integral part of yoga practice. It is very important to give the psycho-physical body a chance to refresh and regenerate. Therefore, we regularly do restorative yoga as part of our monthly program.
PRIVATE / INDIVIDUAL CLASSES
Yoga used to be practiced one on one and this is what these classes offer. Individual classes are tailored to your needs and are based on your goals, accommodating your health and lifestyle. This kind of classes are great for those who want to develop and deepen their yoga practice, or if you’re new to yoga so you’re a bit shy to start in a group, or you’re busy at a time when regular classes are scheduled. Also for those who have or are recovering from injury or illness. The class is 60 or 90 minutes.
YOGA DURING PREGNANCY
Yoga is suitable for all phases in a woman’s life. Prenatal yoga in the Iyengar method is unique for the use of props so that both mother and child get maximum benefit without effort. Asanas have been selected to support healthy pregnancy and childbirth. Emphasis is on the poses that exercise the spinal column, relieving back pain and on the poses that strengthen the pelvic muscles and reproductive system, eliminating fatigue and tension, thereby maintaining physical and mental well-being during pregnancy. This practice helps to create space in the uterus by providing proper blood circulation and enough space to allow the baby to move. Breathing / pranayama techniques open the chest and improve the oxygen flow to the blood, for both mother and baby, thereby nourishing the nervous system. Pregnant women can start with these classes at any stage of pregnancy and continue throughout the pregnancy. Although advantageous, no previous experience in yoga is necessary.
It is ideal if the mother practices yoga before conception, during pregnancy and after childbirth. If the pregnancy is healthy, the mother can join the general class given her experience in yoga, where the poses will be modified with particular emphasis on her condition. In case of some exceptional situations in pregnancy then an individual (one on one) approach is recommended.
Mali Jogi are yoga classes (intended) for children. Children’s yoga classes are a wonderful way to teach children balance, breathing and well-being in a supportive yoga environment. The class begins with a conversation and observations to connect to the group and calm the mind. Various asanas are taught with emphasis on movement, concentration, and breathing. Playing-without the pressure of a competitive spirit, with fun, stories and thematic projects, children discover the world of yoga and connect with themselves, their feelings and their minds. We currently have classes for children aged 8-13.