This class is a practice of Surya Namaskar, Inversions, Forward Bends and Twists. The focus is on moving the femurs down & back and using the shoulder blades to twist. All John's classes follow the Iyengar method of yoga, based on the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar, the foremost living yoga teacher in the world. His rigorous approach emphasizes a balance between strength and flexibility, builds endurance, and develops Self-awareness through precision in movement and attention to subtleties of body, breath, mind, and spirit. Level II Classes are for the students who have completed the introductory (Level I) course. The basic poses will be refined with an emphasis on all the standing poses. Inverted poses (headstand, plow, and shoulderstand) will be introduced. Level III classes are for students with previous Iyengar training who are strong in standing poses and can do headstand, shoulderstand, and plow with confidence. Level II/III classes are, as the name suggests, combined classes for students of both levels.Please do not attempt poses that are outside of your skill level.
John also breaks his classes down by session. During the Fall Session, poses are centered around the hips and twists in all shapes and sizes from standing and seated poses to inversions. In the Spring Session, John concentrates on strengthening poses to build stamina, like standing poses, abdominal strengtheners and arm balances. During the Summer Session, John practices cooling forward bending poses to balance the heat of the season. John teaches backbends from the more subtle to the more complex in the Winter Session to raise the heat during the coldest, darkest season of the year.