For all students new to Iyengar Yoga. Iyengar Yoga is progressive—fundamentals of alignment and muscle action taught at Level 1 are essential for the safe and beneficial performance of poses taught at more advanced levels.
Students experienced in other systems of yoga learn a new physical vocabulary, greatly benefit from the step-by-step approach of Level 1, and prepare the body and mind for rigors specific to Iyengar Yoga, the long holding of inversions, for example.
Emphasis is on standing poses, with the introduction of some sitting poses, shoulder stand, and simple forward bends, twists and backbends. Challenging for all levels of ability.
For students who have completed at least one 10- or 12-week session of Level 1, can demonstrate some proficiency in and understanding of the standing poses, and are ready to work more regularly on inversions, backbends, etc.