Down Under is honored to be home to the pre-eminent Iyengar School in New England. Under the directorship of the legendary Patricia Walden, classes with the faculty honor the methodology of the late B.K.S. Iyengar—called the "Michelangelo of Yoga," and one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people. The Iyengar school offers a comprehensive curriculum including seasonal registration series, drop-in classes, monthly Philosophy Discussions as well as Teacher Training, Assessment Preparation, Therapeutics Trainings, and in-depth studies workshops. Certified Iyengar teachers are held to an unusually rigorous standard earning their certification only after years of training and evaluation. A certification is a guarantee of a yoga experience that is intelligent, safe, and suitable for individuals with or without physical limitations.
In Iyengar classes, teachers present one pose at a time offering detailed instructions about alignment. This methodical and unhurried approach allows students to learn to do each pose properly and safely; and to use props to effectively modify for injuries or limitations.
Iyengar I: Perfect for beginners and those wanting to refresh their understanding of fundamental poses. Students will learn basic standing, seated, twisted, back bending and beginner inverted poses, including shoulder stand, at a modest pace, learning how to use the props as needed.
Gentle Yoga: Gentle Yoga allows both new and experienced students to learn poses postures and breathing at a slower pace. Poses are taught in a methodical manner using yoga props as needed to help gently stretch, strengthen, balance, and energize. This class may be helpful to new students with minimal flexibility to learn to move with greater ease, to students recovering from illness or injury, and to mothers returning after pregnancy.
Iyengar Yoga for Back Care: This class focuses on teaching poses that address back issues by increasing strength and flexibility for the whole body. Students will learn how to safely practice yoga for their individual back condition.
Iyengar I/II: A transitional class for those with regular Iyengar Level 1 experience. Students should be comfortable with setting up and getting into shoulder stand.
Iyengar II: Students should be well-versed in Level 1 poses as these are refined. Intermediate poses are introduced including headstand, handstand, and next level backbends, twists and seated twists and forward extensions. Appropriate for students who have solid shoulder stand experience or permission of the teacher.
Iyengar III, IV and V: These classes are for seasoned students comfortable with inversions. Students develop strength and refinement in all asanas including inversions, back-bends, and arm balances. A regular yoga practice is assumed.
Ropes: In the Iyengar method, working on the ropes is called Yoga Kurunta which translates as ‘yoga puppet.’ You will move your body using the resistance and gravity-defying assistance of the wall ropes to lengthen and deepen your asana practice. This class is appropriate for all levels but is not intended for brand new beginners to yoga.
Advanced Ropes: Takes you deeper into the ropes practice and is appropriate for those who have taken at least 10 ropes classes or have permission from the teacher.
Restorative: A blend of supported physical poses, breath work, and guided meditation called yoga nidra create a sense of relaxation and repose. Appropriate for all levels.