Note For Newer Students
Redbud Yoga is an oasis from the busy-ness of life. The Iyengar (eye-yeng-gar) style of yoga starts with each student where she is, whether that is in top physical condition or having some challenges. Our certified instructors, Jan and Carol, will adapt each pose to fit each student’s specific needs. While we all may be created equal, our bodies are very different! And they also may be different than they were ten years ago! While the process of practicing yoga can be very meditative, initially it will probably feel like “exercise.” We keep the mind & body focused by tending to spreading toes & extending fingers, as we practice simple poses called asanas -- ah sah nahs. By the end of your first class, you will know from your body and mind whether this style of yoga resonates with you. If you do not feel better after that first class, we will return your fee to you. Check out our Questions & Concerns section for answers to some of your questions, or give Jan a call or text at 217.779.9642(YOGA).
“Yoga allows you to find an inner peace that is not ruffled and riled by the endless stresses and struggles of life.’ B.K.S. Iyengar
4th Fridays, Free Intro
A sample of simple poses to introduce the student new to yoga or to the Iyengar method of yoga. Includes how to use props such as chairs & blocks to stretch and strengthen the body and quiet the mind.
For students who are new to yoga or to the Iyengar method and who have no major medical concerns. Beginners learn the basics of Iyengar yoga's emphasis on awareness, alignment, precision, & correct use of props such as chairs & blocks. “Over-50” classes will be sensitive to menopause & other life transition processes. Students are encouraged to begin a home practice.
Level I Gentle
For students who are not yet ready for a vigorous regular class or who have special concerns such as high blood pressure, neurological issues, etc. Consent of instructor required.
For students who have six weeks or more of experience in Iyengar yoga. More seated poses and introduction to back extensions are included. "Over 50" classes will be mindful of body/mind needs of those journeying through menopause & beyond. Home practice suggested.
For students with six months or more of experience in Iyengar yoga. Includes standing poses, forward and backward extensions, twists, inversions, and restorative sequences with pranayama (breath practice). Home practice required.
Neck & Shoulder;
Back Care Basics
For students needing to prevent or reduce discomfort in the back/neck & shoulders and maintain strength and mobility in those areas. Ample use of props in class, and home practice is required. During one month we focus on the back, then next month on neck & shoulders.
June 3-July 8 (6) & July 15-Aug 26 (6) [no class July 22]
Note: Drop-in on a single session or choose any four consecutive weeks for a discounted fee.
Calm the mind by opening the heart. In this class we lie over bolsters, witness the breath, and invite the riffling, rapid waters of the week to settle. You will leave with a quieter mind and a sense of renewed energy. This class. for beginners & experienced students alike, is held every first Friday of the month -- check the schedule around holidays for changes.
Thirty minutes of seated (most students choose to sit in chairs) meditation with opening instructions, a reading, and occasional guidance as needed. We often use props such as blankets to honor alignment and to support the body. Open to both those experienced in meditation and those just exploring the possibilities.
Call for appointment, 217.779.9642(YOGA) or email firstname.lastname@example.org