Yoga Circle | Intro Classes
Yoga Circle is a yoga studio located in Chicago’s River North area. We offer introductory classes for those new to yoga, as well as a wide range of classes and workshops for students who already have experience with yoga.
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INTRO CLASSES

Introductory classes are designed to meet the needs of those who have never before practiced yoga, those who have been away from regular study, and those who are new to Iyengar yoga. The series consists of eight 90-minute classes TAKEN OVER CONSECUTIVE WEEKS ON THE SAME DAY. New students join these classes the first week of each series.

Introductory students should expect to complete this 8-week progressive sequence of classes AT LEAST ONE TIME before moving on to a more challenging level.

Each month some of our weekly classes accept new students. The other classes accept new students during alternating months. Pre-registration is essential for holding a space; reservations can be made by phone or e-mail. Specify day/time of class and include work, home phone numbers and e-mail address where applicable.

On or before the meeting of the first class, a $85 payment is due ($60 for the first four classes and a one-time $25 registration fee). Payment of the registration fee entitles the student to purchase the class packages at discounted prices. After the first classes have been taken, the remaining $60 payment is made.

New students can print out this student information sheet to fill out before you get to YC.

Downloadable Intro Asana Reference Material (pdf) – includes the Invocation

Download Home Practice Guide for Introductory Students (2 pdfs) – page 1 & page 2

Group A intro classes begin:

2016: Oct 2 & Dec 4
2017: Feb 5, Apr 2 & Jun 4

Sunday 10 – 11:30 am Cathy
Tuesday 12:30 – 2 pm
Starts Oct 4
Ilene
Tuesday 7:15 – 8:45 pm Jess ^
Intro for 50+
Thursday 7:15 – 8:45 pm David ^

Group B intro classes begin:

2016: Sep 12 & Nov 7
2017: Jan 9, Mar 6 & May 1

Monday   5:30 – 7 pm Bob ^
Wednesday 12:30 – 2 pm Tami
Wednesday 7:15 – 8:45 pm Todd ^

^ Denotes a certified Iyengar yoga instructor


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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear to class?
Please wear shorts or footless leggings/yoga pants. It is important for the instructor to be able to see your knees and elbows.
Long, baggy pants are not recommended. Bare feet and an empty stomach are essential. Refrain from eating 2 hours before class. Jewelry and perfumes to a minimum.

What is the make-up policy?
Students in all on-going classes are given a one-month grace period within which to attend make-ups.

What should I expect in the beginners’ class?
Introductory classes typically including standing and seated postures, inversions (safe for beginners), twists and reclining poses. Curriculum is methodical and practice may be modified to accommodate any individual concerns.

What is yoga?
Yoga is a Sanskrit word that derives from the root “yuj” meaning to bind together, or “to yoke.” The harnessing and uniting of the powers of the mind, body, and emotions under the guidance of one’s intelligence is one aim of yoga. Wherever self-mastery or the pursuit of the sacred are mentioned, there is yoga. Techniques that develop the body (hatha), the mind (jnana), the emotions (bhakti), one’s actions (karma) and one’s soul (raja) are yogic paths of self-realization.

What is hatha yoga?
Hatha yoga is a classical system which coordinates body, breath, and mental focus. Consistent practice over time releases accumulated tensions in the muscles, calms frayed nerves, restructures alignment, detoxifies the blood stream, increases oxygen absorption, changes brain wave patterns, and induces felicity through improved respiration and hormonal circulation.

What is Iyengar yoga?
BKS Iyengar is a living master of yoga. He resides in Pune, India and is the author of Light on Yoga, Light on Pranayama, The Tree of Yoga, The Art of Yoga, Light on the Yoga Sutras, and Light on Life. Although he became proficient in the body postures at an early age, he has been refining his practice and teaching methodology for over 60 years. Unparalleled as a teacher, he is a motivator par excellence. His innovative method sets his style apart because of his (1) emphasis on standing poses that develop strength, vigor, and correct alignment, (2) supported inversions and backbends that passively relax the nerves, (3) use of props to facilitate ease and depth of learning, (4) specific sequencing of postures for general and therapeutic benefits, and (5) careful, individualized adjustments.