Online Classes

We offer two types of online classes.

To find when these classes run please check out the timetable.

Live-online classes are offered in real time with you, the teacher and other students connecting virtually through Zoom, a video conferencing software. You will be able to see the teacher and interact with them.  And if you choose, the teacher can see you too! Our teachers are all committed to being there for you.

 

General Level Online Classes

Once the basic foundations have been learned, students across all levels can participate. General level classes provide a challenge for those with experience and include modifications when needed. Inversions, such as Sirsasana, Head balance, and full arm balance, as well as seated, twisting, forward bending, and back bending postures are included.

bks iyengar shoulder stand

 

Pranayama Online Classes

BKS Iyengar states that the three stages of breath in pranayama — inhalation, retention and exhalation — are the means by which we can abide in stillness in both body and mind and merge with the great mystery. During inhalation we invite prana into the house, he says. And when prana enters, the individual self moves out of the way for the soul. We generate energy, expansion and awareness within.

seated pranayama at west end yoga

Mr. Iyengar believes that in normal breathing the brain is drawing energy to itself. The energy causes tension in the brain and thus the breath is constricted. However during the practice of pranayama the brain relaxes and is kept in a passive, receptive state. Then the physical body initiates active breathing. Rather than sucking in air, or grasping for prana, the body receives the breath as one does a respected guest. BKS Iyengar says we must cajole the breath as one would a skittish animal. Nothing can be forced; receptivity is everything. Do pranayama with the intelligence of the heart — not the brain.