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 –  Foundation, Mobility, Steadiness

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 before moving to the next level.
No previous experience is required.


  Mixed 1-2 –  Stability, Confidence, Progression

Basics and Beyond. 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 –  Consistency, Strength, Energy

For students who have been practicing 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- Practice, Commitment, Engaging

For students who have been practicing on a consistent basis for at least one 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 – Experience, Understanding, Integration

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.


  Level 3-4 – Transitions in Asana, Pranayama and Pratyahara

This class is for experienced students who want to transition from the exterior toward the interior elements of practice. Students should have an understanding of all categories of asana.


   All Levels – Challenge, Focus, Progress

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.


   Special Needs

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  Gentle Yoga –  Support, Modify, Movement

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.


  Backcare Basics (Gentle Yoga) Wellness, Healing, Support

This gentle class will use a variety of asanas to help alleviate general back discomfort. Students will work to stabilize hips and groins, strengthen legs and work on overall postural alignment to help provide support and stability for the spine. Pace will be slow and steady.

Please Note: This is not a therapy class, any serious back issues should be directed to the special needs class and Senior Teacher Judi Mirus.


Create Space – Restore, Invigorate, Energize

Special sequences for flexibility, strength and endurance that realign the body and wake up stiff, weak and sore areas intelligently.This invigorating and energizing class will help you de-stress from a hectic week and energize you ready for the weekend! Create space in your life for yourself, your body and your mind as you practice yoga. Dynamic use of props will support and stabilize in classical asanas and challenge you to go further in more advanced poses.


To Register call 465-4668 or

email info@familyoga.ca