This is an alignment-based (Iyengar inspired) class focused on yoga therapeutics, the use of props and The Great Yoga Wall. It is taught in a warmer room with a workshop feel, allowing for open dialog between the students and teacher. The focus is to restore balance in the body in areas where students have experienced injuries, imbalances, major stiffness and medical challenges. Students receive individualized instruction that is not possible in a typical yoga class setting. Students are taught more complex alignment concepts, such as which muscles should be firing off to support the skeletal structure.
This class blends the alignment focus of Iyengar yoga and the heating work of vinyasa with therapeutic yoga techniques. Each session begins with a thorough warm-up, including 12 Tibetan Rites (yoga “calisthenics”) and 12 Sun Salutations. The remainder of each class addresses the specific needs of students in attendance. Class sequences involve the use of props as well as The Great Yoga Wall. These tools help students access proper alignment in the poses in order to strengthen, lengthen and relieve tension in the hips, shoulders and hamstrings.
This class provides alignment instruction in a moderately-paced flow (vinyasa). Class sequences link movement with the breath. The alignment focus helps students build a safe and solid foundation before moving on to more advanced vinyasa classes. Each class offers modifications in poses, strength and flexibility work while learning to be mindful to one’s own needs.