You may think what level you are is dependent on how flexible or physically able you are - that is not the case. Some people stay in one level for years because that is where they are most comfortable. No matter how flexible you feel you are it is important to start at the beginning, those who have a background in dance or gymnastics should always start with a beginner or level 1 class. Taking a beginner series of classes is essential to learning correct alignment and protecting your body. All classes regardless of level will put emphasis on the breath and body connection while bringing awareness to the body through the calming of the mind. 


Level 1

Level 1 classes guide you through basic asanas (postures) and is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned practitioners. Many people stay here for years and advanced students return often to maintain their relationship with correct alignment. All advanced postures are rooted in these foundations. 

WHAT TO EXPECT:

The teacher will often demonstrate postures calling them by their English name while also offering Sanskrit. Expect a well rounded class with modifications and props. 

Basic pranayama and meditation. 

Commonly taught asanas:

Downward Dog, Upward Dog, Warrior 1, Warrior 2, Side Angle Pose, Triangle, Sphinx, and boat


Level 2

Level 2 classes build upon foundational postures and depend on students knowledge of safe entry into the foundational asanas. The teacher may instruct Downward Dog as a transitional posture. They will cue postures with fewer alignment cues and instructions while moving at a faster pace, which is why having a working knowledge of yoga is essential. 

WHAT TO EXPECT:

The teacher may use more Sanskrit names for postures. The teacher will demonstrate less while walking around the room performing hands on assist. Classes will include inversions. Stamina and endurance will be tested as balance postures will be held longer. More advanced pranayama will be taught, as well as use of mudras, binding, and application of the bandhas. 

Commonly taught asanas:

Wild thing, bird of paradise, reclining hero, arm balances such as crow, inversions such as handstand and headstand, full wheel