I've been practicing at Yogasana for six years now, through two locations and, at last count, more than twenty different teachers. While everyone who teaches there comes from the Iyengar tradition, including several who have studied with the Iyengar family in India, what is wonderful to me is that each of them allows their own experience and practice to inform the work they lead in class. It is thoughtful yoga, a process of examining and re-examining. Each class is different; there might be an exploration of the elements of a single pose or a focus on how a particular part of the body is directed within a series of poses. Some classes might be quite vigorous, others will be quieter. My experience is that all are taught with great care and attention, with as much explanation and direction as necessary, adaptable to anyone who walks into the studio. What I think is different about Yogasana from any other studio I have been to is that every class is a unique journey, unpredictable, inventive and well-considered. There are no well-worn routines, standardized sequences or musical soundtracks. Just yoga, mindfully taught and practiced.
I love this place! I'm totally addicted to Yogasana! My family thinks I live there half the week!
It takes me 1 hour from home and from work, to come to Yogasana, but I feel so lucky to be a loyal member of this wonderful school. It is always as educational, as inspirational and as it is uplifting. Very often, going to class feels like homecoming. Following the core philosophy of B.K.S. Iyengar, each teacher invites us into a passionate and systematic practice in his/her own special way‹and that is why each class becomes a very unique experience for us.
The overall atmosphere is very friendly, supportive, encouraging, so for somebody like me, who avoided any athletic activity for a long time, any involvement in biological, anatomical, medical studies, it was important to realize that I enjoy it. I am surprised that my body exists. I discovered a very sophisticated universe that I was carrying mindlessly and disrespectfully. Not anymore, thank to Yogasana!
The personal attention and caring attitude of the instructors makes Yogasana a special place. The teachers work with each student to find variations and props to create a unique experience of the asanas. They accept your limitations without judgement, yet constantly challenge you to move to a new level. From the first class, the teacher will give you individual attention to help you discover how to get the most out of your yoga practice. Once you become a Yogasana regular, they remember your unique needs and continue to work with you to deepen your practice. Whether modifying a pose to protect you through an injury or making you laugh with a playful approach to the asanas, Yogasana teachers care about their students.
Each class at Yogasana really is a unique experience. Teachers plan different sequences of asanas so the classes are never routine. From teacher to teacher and class to class, it's a new experience. Each class might focus on a different type of pose or part of the body. Ultimately, you explore the full range of asanas – and you'll never be bored. The practice engages you physically and mentally. The variety constantly challenges your expectations and leads you to discover new possibilities in yourself.
The word integrity comes to mind when I think of Yogasana. The space clean and beautiful, designed with care. Teachers have a depth of knowledge that I haven’t encountered at other studios. I trust them to modify poses to the particular needs of my body. Classes at Yogasana go beyond exercising the body (though they do that too)—they are about building a deeper understanding of the body and its proper alignment. I leave classes feeling taller, more open and more aware of my body throughout the day.
Yogasana is not a trendy yoga studio. You will find students of all ages, body types, and physical abilities. People come to Yogasana because they know teachers have a depth of knowledge about the body, poses and sequencing and can modify poses to make them accessible to all. It’s inspiring to see such a diverse group of students practicing together.
I started taking classes at Yogasana knowing nothing about the Alexander technique. I first became a regular student in Kristen’s restorative class because my body simply felt great by its end: relaxed, aligned and present. I didn’t realize that Kristen was seamlessly weaving Alexander principles of releasing tension in the body into her teaching of the yoga poses.
Studying at Yogasana over time, I have gained a deeper understanding of the anatomy of my body, and how through awareness of holding patterns in the body, I can release unnecessary tension. The way I practice yoga has become more clear and intentional. I have found that my body is able to do more, but with less strain and effort. I go to class to build, refine and deepen this knowledge, and to bring it into how I use my body in my daily life.