What do our class levels mean?

Yoga classes at Shanti Yoga Center are organized by style and level. We offer rigorous practices like Ashtanga and Hot Vinyasa to gentle practices like Yin Yoga and Moving into Meditation. We can help guide you to a place that fits with your abilities, interests and aspirations. Check out our level descriptions below.

Open Level & Multi-Level Open to all levels from beginners to more experienced. The teacher adapts the class according to the students making it a lovely multi-level class with opportunities for learning and growth, no matter what your experience is in the practice.

Level 1 Open to complete beginners, those in the initial stages of yoga practice or those seeking a gentle asana practice. You will learn the fundamentals of yoga, beyond the postures to include pranayama (breath work) and meditation.

Level 1-2 Builds on the foundational elements and awareness established in a Level 1 class. A working knowledge of yoga principles is expected.

Level 2-3 Teaches more difficult postures and breathing techniques. Assumes an understanding of the gross as well as the subtle aspects of a yoga practice. For students looking to increase their physical strength, flexibility and endurance but also a deeper understanding of pranayama (breath work) and meditation techniques.

Level 3 Works on deeper physical and psychological level by introducing more sophisticated practices. Including more challenging asana (postures) like inversions and backbends as well as pranayama (breath work), mudra and meditation. Not suitable for beginners.

Check with your teacher before moving up a level and always inform your teacher if you are pregnant of have any injuries. If you are brand new to a yoga practice, you will be encouraged to schedule a 30-minute private session with Jessie, owner of Shanti Yoga Center, so you feel supported in your first class and experience. Jessie will help direct you to your first class and will help you identify a schedule that will work with your interest and aspirations in the practice.

Om Shanti friends!

Utthita Parsvakonasana or Extended Side Angle Pose

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