WELCOME TO THE ARKANSAS IYENGAR YOGA COMMUNITY
Yoga Is a Journey
The Iyengar Yoga community is world-wide. Connect here with others in "the Natural State" to learn more about this tradition and build community as we travel this path of yoga together.
ALL ABOUT THE ARKANSAS IYENGAR YOGA COMMUNITY
The intention with this website is three-fold: (1) build community among yoga practitioners, (2) foster an environment that welcomes anyBODY to pursue the practice of yoga, and (3) provide a platform where tools (props, forums, etc) and resources (classes, articles, helpful sequences) are accessed and shared to help each other follow the path of yoga.
So, welcome! Please browse the site, the props, read an article, or join me in class and see for yourself what yoga can do for you.
Joy Wasson, Iyengar Yoga Practitioner and Certified Teacher
WHAT IS IYENGAR YOGA?
BKS Iyengar (Dec. 14, 1918 - Aug. 20, 2014) was the founder of the style of yoga known as "Iyengar Yoga" and is considered to be one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world.
Often referred to as “the practice of precision”, Iyengar yoga is a great choice for students looking to build a strong foundation and further their practice. BKS Iyengar, whom this tradition of teaching is named after, brought yoga to the west in the early 1960's with his book "Light on Yoga". His relentless pursuit of demonstrating that yoga is for everyone led him to invent many of the props we use today. Mr. Iyengar knew that without addressing the inequalities and pains in the body the mind would not be able to fully concentrate. The use of props helps the student concentrate on correct body alignment and as the mind is trained to focus on these aspects, it becomes quiet and calm. This is the brilliance of "the practice of precision", or the teaching style of Iyengar Yoga.
THE POWER OF PRACTICE
What People Say
I love Iyengar Yoga (and our certified instructors) because it has made me stronger both physically and mentally. I've learned so much about how my muscles and joints are inter-connected. And I learned how to do a headstand, something I never thought I could do. That's empowering!
Iyengar yoga practice has improved and sustained the quality of my life both physically and emotionally. Online class is easy and convenient. I highly recommend the practice of Iyengar yoga for everyone!
When you are ready to learn the practice of yoga from the ground up
One positive outcome from the pandemic is online teaching. Don't want to view yourself on screen? Leave your camera off and soak in the instruction as you work at your comfort level. Do you have a regular practice and prefer feedback, correction, or ways to work deeper? Enable your video! This has been a great way for students and teachers to connect from afar, during travel, and/or from the comfort of your own home.
Current online classes you may be interested in:
Foundations and Alignment (facebook livestream): Level 1/2 Thursdays @ 6:30-8:00 pm
Chair Yoga for Beginners (zoom): Level 0 Fridays 12-1pm during the summer
Yoga for Women (zoom & participating studios): all levels
Monthly - 2nd Saturdays 2-3:30 pm (starting July, 2021)
Iyengar Immersion (zoom) - Level 2 Saturdays 9-10:30 am
Details for these classes are listed on the "Class descriptions/details" page, click the link below!
During the pandemic, we have had to re-think how to do in-person teaching. With vaccinations on the rise and approved methods to keep each other safe, teaching in person has once again become available. Please consider practicing ahimsa and getting vaccinated before attending these classes (some studios require it). Please see links below to each studio's website for the latest information regarding registration and attendance.
Iyengar 101: Sundays 4-5:15 pm - Blue Yoga Nyla
Foundations and Alignment: Thursdays 6:30 - 8pm - Arkansas Yoga Collective
This class is also offered online through facebook livestream here
Iyengar Immersion: Saturdays 9-10:30 am - Iyengar Yoga Studio of Little Rock
In Studio Class Procedures:
Must be fully vaccinated for in-person instruction.
Reserve your spot for class at least 30 minutes prior to class start time. Reservations at this time can be made via text 501-563-0677.
By bringing yoga directly to you, group sessions are uniquely tailored to the needs and schedule of your group making this a great option for sports teams, company programs/training, or rehabilitation groups. Pricing depends on frequency and number of students, but can be a cost savings when purchased this way.
Programs are outlined with the goals of the group in mind. Example programs utilized in the past have been Crossfit gyms, youth or adult sports teams, company wellness and/or training programs, and drug rehabilitation programs. Example areas of focus include addressing common injuries/ailments in sports, introduction to mindfulness and meditation, and/or practices suited for emotional stability and healing. Email with questions or book your first session below.
Private Sessions are a great choice for those rehabilitating specific injuries or working with special issues. It is also great if you are just getting started and want to become more familiar with poses before joining a class. Specific sequences of poses will be tailored to your needs. Props provided, instruction can be in your home or on location. Email with any questions or book a session below.