Classes Explained

Classes Explained


Beginners Classes

This is the starting point for students with no prior experience. Classes focus on introducing and consolidating yoga foundations. Students are guided through a range of standing and seated poses.

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For people with some Iyengar yoga experience or those who have completed a Beginners Course. It is designed to develop and extend asana practice. Students continue to consolidate the basics, and are introduced to newer poses such as inversions and backbends. Basic yoga philosophy will be introduced.

We have two streams of General-level classes:

General 1 : for beginners who are moving up to general classes. These classes are slightly easier allowing less experienced students to learn yoga at a General level.

General 2 : for students who have been attending yoga for more than 6 months

Enrolling for 2 classes or more per week is recommended as development depends upon practice based learning.

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Minimum of 3 years Iyengar Yoga experience necessary. Familiarity and regular practice of inversions and backbends essential. Classes including the full range of yogasanas: standing poses, forward bends & twists, foundation and intermediate backbends, head stand, shoulder stand, restorative poses and pranayama.

If you are attending an Experienced level class, you need to attend at least two classes each week to progress and evolve your practice.

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Open Practice

Open practice time at the studio is an opportunity to engage in your own self-study and practice while having access to the props and rope walls at Ballarat Iyengar Yoga studio. Here are some things to know about Open Practice:
-Open practice is not a class. Students work on their own practise independently, without a teachers guidance. While a teacher may be on hand, they will not be directing your time at the studio.
-Open practice time is for current BIY students. Students with at least 12 months of class experience at BIY (at General or Experienced level classes) can attend.

Open practices are held on Tuesdays 1.15 – 3.30pm and Thursdays 11.30am – 1.45pm, during school terms.

Open Practice can be attending using direct debit membership, or using an Open Practice pass.



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Over 55s (or young 55s)

If you are an older student, or if you are returning to yoga after an extended absence (which might be measured in years), then this is the class for you. The focus of these classes will be to (re)introduce foundations og yoga through a range of standing and seated poses. The pace is suited to older bodies. Your flexibility, strength and balance will improve and you will experience a greater sense of wellbeing.

Payment for these sessions is via your membership, or casual pass (10-class pass or casual class pass).

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Pranayama is the practice of controlling the breath. It is the fourth limb of the eight disciplines of yoga. It consists of techniques designed to gain mastery over the respiratory process while watching the connection between the breath, the body and the mind.

As a practice it evolves from a discipline of watching the breath to a more refined practice where the breath can be applied as an instrument to affect the condition of mind.  Pranayama requires a subtle approach based on self-observation.

You will learn preparatory postures and practise basic Pranayama techniques.

This class is for General Level students and above. No previous experience of Pranayama is required.

Payment for these sessions is via your membership, or casual pass (10-class pass or casual class pass).

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Restorative Sundays

Running on the last Sunday of each month, this class consists of restorative poses and supported inversions to refresh and rejuvenate your body and mind.

This class is for General Level students and above.

Payment for these sessions is via your membership, or casual pass (10-class pass or casual class pass).

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In addition to our normal timetable classes, we also run regular intensive classes, workshops and retreats.

Our next Friday intensive class is on 15 March, 5.30 – 8 pm. More information…

Our next 4-day retreat is from 25 Jul – 28 Jul 2019 in Hepburn Springs.
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Casual Classes

No bookings required. Students may attend at their appropriate level. All classes can be attended on a casual basis.

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