classes

The Family Yoga Centre in Edmonton follows the teachings of BKS Iyengar www.bksiyengar.com.

Alignment based approach

An Iyengar yoga class should leave you feeling physically challenged, mentally stimulated and calm. However with its strong emphasis on alignment of the body you will be in good hands along the way.
The asanas practiced in class will vary from class to class depending on the focus or theme of the course. Asanas are sequenced in order to gradually open the body , deepen awareness of your body and quieten your mind.
This is Meditation in Action.

Iyengar yoga spans the continuum of practices, from the most gently meditative and relaxing postures through varying degrees of intensity to the most vigorous practices of extended holdings and sequenced jumpings. It is a yoga method for students who want an effective, safe, physical discipline that has not lost its ancient roots. Our classes offer something for everyone. Whether you are a beginner or training to be an instructor you’ll find a class level that suits you.
Please find a listing of our seasonal schedules here and descriptions of our classes below.


 Level 1

This beginner level is for new and continuing Level 1 students. This level provides a strong foundation and understanding of Iyengar Yoga asanas.   Emphasis is on standing poses, however the simple inversions are also introduced at this level. We recommend that you take this level for a minimum of six months in order to establish a firm foundation to move to the next level.
No previous experience is required.


  Mixed 1-2

For students who have completed at least 6 months of Level 1.  Level 2 asanas are introduced, including Shoulderstand ( Salamba Sarvangasana) and  Headstand ( Sirsasana).


  Level 2

For students who have been practising on a consistent basis for 6 months to one year. Students will work toward a stronger practice with added attention to inversions.


  Mixed 2-3

For students who have been practicing on a consistent basis for at least a year. Students will work towards a stronger and more consistent practice, with an emphasis on inversions and more attention to Level 3 Asanas. Students should be attending classes regularly and have begun a home practice


  Level 3

For Intermediate level  students who have been practicing consistently for 2 years or more and who have a home practice. Students will work on all categories of poses, i.e. back bends, inversions, twists, sitting forward bends and introductory pranayama.


  Lunch Hour Yoga

Step away from your chairs and take time to reboot mentally and physically in the middle of your busy day. This class is designed to help you increase mobility and circulation while decreasing tension and stress. This mid day break will create ease and clarity for the rest of your day.
Students are welcome to enter the class any time between 11:45am and noon and will be given warm up asanas until class officially starts at noon
Open to all levels


  Yoga for Men

Explore how yoga can benefit you by starting with the basics in this all-male class. Based on integration and alignment, Iyengar yoga increases mobility and decreases stress.
Open to all levels


  Elements of Sadhana and Svadhyaya

This class is for teachers, trainees and experienced students.  Elements of self-study in asana, pranayama and selected Yoga-shastras.


   All Levels

These classes are designed to allow students to work on the poses from the base. All levels of students are welcome as poses can be adapted for specific ability and experience as required. Students will progress safely as actions and instructions are linked from pose to pose. Strong emphasis will be given to the fundamentals of Iyengar Yoga which will be used to progress students further. Students will work to their own capabilities with adaptations given as necessary. Inversions and backbends are introduced when the student is ready.
Beginner and experienced students welcome.


  Restorative Yoga

The antidote to stress is relaxation.
Restorative yoga focuses on relaxation, renewal, effortlessness and ease. Blankets, bolsters, straps, and other props safely support the body in various postures which allows the body to move towards a state of balance. This practice soothes your nervous system, helps you quiet your mind and invites you to release deeply held tension.
This class is suitable for regular students who want a more relaxing class as well as pregnant ladies and those people suffering from fatigue or who generally have low energy.


 

   Special Needs

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  Gentle Yoga

A gentle application to Iyengar yoga techniques. Designed for individuals with limited flexibility, stiffness, mild infirmity or who are recovering from mild injuries. Movements include gentle stretches, toning, simple range of movement to aid in lubricating joints and relaxation techniques. Students must be able to get up and down from the floor as well as practice standing poses with the support of a wall or chair if necessary. Props will be used. No previous experience is necessary.


To Register call 465-4668 or

email info@familyoga.ca