About Big Island Yoga

BIG ISLAND YOGA CLASSES

TO PREPARE FOR CLASS - Wear comfortable, non-restrictive, light colored clothing that allows for the knees to be visible. Baggy clothing is not recommended, as the teacher needs to see the body’s alignment. Come with clean, bare feet & an empty stomach. Advise your teacher before class if you have health concerns or injuries & if you are pregnant or menstruating so that alternative poses may be suggested for your safety. If this is your first visit, please arrive 15 minutes early to register. You may also print out the registration form to bring with you. You may also print out the waiver/registration form to bring with you.

You may also print out the registration form to bring with you.
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FUNDAMENTALS

FUNdamentals to build a stronger you! This class is relaxing with aligned traction, supported inversions along with poses to create flexibility, alignment, balance and a sense of grounding.


IYENGAR BASICS

Iyengar Basics: For those new to yoga or wanting a slower-paced beginning class. Focus is on standing poses. Emphasizes a safe approach to the practice of yoga that is adapted to the capabilities of each student.


LEVEL ONE

For those new to yoga. The emphasis is on the basic principles of alignment in poses. The class concentrates on standing postures, though some seated and gentle back bending postures are introduced as well. Shoulder stand (Salamba Sarvangasana) or appropriate modification may also taught.


LEVEL ONE - TWO

For those who have attended Level 1 for six months. This class provides instruction to deepen the poses learned in Level 1 and can provide a transition for those students preparing for Level 2.  A deepening of the actions of the asana is coordinated, as well as building endurance and learning the asana at the next level. Continued practice of previous poses is continued including shoulder stand and introduction to headstand. Modifications are introduced to meet individual needs.


LEVEL TWO

For those who have attended Level I for 12 months or have previous experience, or with permission of the teacher.  Basic standing postures are refined; more complex standing postures and seated twists, more forward bends, and more backbends are introduced. Continuing instruction in Salamba Sarvangasana is offered; and Headstand (Sirsasana) or an appropriate substitution will be added.


ALL LEVELS

Appropriate for beginners— with additional instruction provided for more experienced students. Basic principles of alignment in all poses are emphasized


KUPUNA YOGA

Designed for the mature body (age 50 & over). Providing experiences to awaken, restore & rejuvenate body & soul in a safe way for each individual. Supportive props enable every student to access the benefits of the poses. A Level 1 class.


REJUVENATION

For those wishing to unwind from a long week, join us for a quiet practice. Th class includes semi-active poses along with restorative and supported chest openers. The perfect rejuvenating practice to quiet the mind and restore the body. 


RESTORATIVE

In this practice, poses are supported by props and held for some time, emphasizing sequences to connect body, mind and breath. Through sustained relaxation, restorative poses can alleviate stress, fatigue and insomnia and can promote a sense of well-being. In addition to our weekly classes, most other classes at the studio offer restoratives at the last class of each month.


STRETCH & RESTORE

A gentle class, with focus on mindful stretching and deep relaxation. A portion of each class is devoted to restorative poses. Emphasis is on meeting the needs of each student and providing suggestions for home practice. Instruction is provided for beginners; students of all levels are welcome.


WALL ROPES

For all levels, this class focuses on using our wall rope system, and our pelvic swings, for flexibility, spinal rejuvenation—and fun!


OUR FOUNDATIONS

IYENGAR YOGA

Characterized by care and precision, Iyengar Yoga is systematic intelligence of the mind, body, soul, and spirit. Iyengar makes yoga relevant to modern life and accessible to a broad base of individuals, no matter their physical and/or mental abilities. The system of teaching is methodical and progressive, emphasizing safety, alignment, and the development of exquisite self-awareness.  BKS Iyengar revolutionized the art of yoga by introducing and incorporating the use of supports called “props” to facilitate learning and accommodate safe and appropriate progress.

Iyengar’s teachings have systematically evolved precise posture (asana) and breathing (pranayama) techniques with a firm philosophical base; according to this unique perspective, the asanas and pranayama are the means and the medium to explore the more internalized limbs of yoga, including concentration (dharna) meditation, (dhyana) and samadhi (absorption). iynaus.org