What class should I attend?
How do you know what classes you should attend at CYI?
Read below, and don't let your schedule or ego lead you to a class that your body isn't ready for.
If you are new to yoga, or have been away for an extended period of time (6 months or more) here are the suggested classes. It's a very common mistake to assume that these classes are for inflexible people, but that is not the case. Many students attend these classes for years, or even their whole life, whether or not they are flexible. Keep in mind, there is so much value to gain working on foundation postures. And, even if you are flexible and might have a background in gymnastics or dance, we still suggest to start with these classes. It's not about your flexibility, it's about your knowledge and experience of yoga.
Level 1 (these are suitable for all levels, beginner to advanced)
All classes at Nikka Yuko are all suitable for all levels, Happy Healthy Back, Gentle Restorative Yoga, Yoga for Wellness, Tai Chi/Medical Qi Gong, Yin Yoga.
Level 2 (and up)
In these classes, instructors expect a working knowledge of yoga. We will demonstrate a little less, and might walk around the room offering modifications or adjustments (adjustments are optional). If you find yourself in a class that feels too challenging or over your head, you are always welcome to rest or modify the poses to fit your fitness level (we will remind you of this).
Flow, Happy Hips Hatha, Hatha Yoga, Slow Flow, Stretch For Strength
Level 2/3 (and up)
As with level 2, instructors expect a working knowledge of asanas. You will likely explore inversions (shoulder stand, headstand, handstand). Your stamina as well as your flexibility will be tested as you might hold balancing postures like Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose) that requires sustained muscle support and concentration.
Again, please choose your class wisely. Don't let your ego or schedule lead you to a class that your body is not ready for. You can call us at 403-394-9642 if we can help you choose classes. Remember, there is just as much joy sitting cross legged in quiet meditation as there is in a handstand.
The road towards Samadhi(enlightenment) is a very long one, and there are no shortcuts.