Offering you quality yoga classes, workshops and programs for vitality and wholeness. All that we share is under the inspiration of Yogacharya BKS Iyengar.
Iyengar Yoga (pronounced “eye-yen-gar”) is a method named after yoga master BKS Iyengar, who helped bring Yoga to the West. Our teachers study for at least six years before they are certified through a rigorous internationally standardized system. Teachers are required to continue their studies on ongoing basis.
Classes are taught with clarity, offering a practical and accessible approach to your practice. You will learn progressively and have access to props and variations so the practice meets you, wherever you are. We look forward to meeting you and sharing in your journey toward health and much more.
Spring 2017: Choose Your Path
Drop-in Classes provide access for the new and experienced student in learning, exploration and practice. A 4-week practice cycle will be followed for each level of class. Week 1: standing poses, Week 2: seated poses, Week 3: back bends, Week 4: pranayama (breath work) and preparations. See our classes page for details.
Registered Courses offer committed study for the serious student who has the spirit and enthusiasm for higher learning. Go further in your practice- study, unlearn, relearn and stoke the fire of yoga within. Explore postures, develop insight and build a bridge from the laboratory into living. Set progressive curriculum for both levels. See our courses and workshops page for further details.
Level 1-2 Mondays at 7:30pm at Crescent Heights Community Centre *New Session begins April 3rd.
Level 1 Mondays at 6:00pm at Crescent Heights Community Centre *New Beginner Course Added. Starts Apr 3rd.
Level 1-2 Wednesdays at 9:30am at Crescent Heights Community Centre *New Session begins April 19th.
Level 1-2 Thursdays at 5:30pm at Crescent Heights Community Centre *New Mixed Level Course Added. Begins Apr 6th.
Level 3-4 Saturdays at 11:00am at CIY Lake Bonavista *New Session begins April 8th.
Workshops allow you to dive deeper into a particular aspect of the practice or area of the body. Weekend workshops offer an opportunity for longer and intensified practice. A great way to take a break from your regular routine, recuperate from the duties of life, feel the benefits of sustained practice, boost your practice, feel inspired and reconnect with yourself. See our courses and workshops page for upcoming offerings.
Practice is like a long hike, a hike that takes a lot of days. You start with a map, but the map does not prepare you for the things you see, hear and feel. You walk with others, who will move a little different, taking challenging ascents easier than you but might be afraid at a rim which you enjoy. You need guidance to find the path but the path you walked is a little different than the path described. You go in a group and also on your own. Seconds can be endless when the slope is steep and the sun strong but a day just goes by in a minute. You are surrounded by the distant stillness of the sky, when the night is cool and dark. You reach for it and sometimes you touch.
I wanted to thank you for the workshop as it was so wonderful. I really loved the 3 aspects of talking, asanas and pranayama. Your sequencing was so incredible as my body worked well. I have been practicing Iyengar yoga for about 2 years now and Calgary Iyengar Yoga opened my eyes to this practice. I have tried many types of yoga but this practice has allowed me to look in depth at the poses and to really observe my own body and mind. I appreciate the continuous guidance and knowledge that all teachers share here. I had never used props before coming to an Iyengar class so this was intimidating at first but now I see how using the props enhances the poses and can prevent injury. This practice is accessible for everybody and can be adapted to each individual. I am seeing many positive benefits in my body and my mind through this practice and I would encourage anyone to come with an open mind and heart to try this. Every class is a new experience for me and a challenge. I always look forward to being in the room with one of the devoted teachers at Calgary Iyengar Yoga.
Thank you so much for your teaching and your studio! I am so grateful for everything about what you are doing. The last few years have been such a positive change for both Dan & I. Tom was exactly the right person to convince Dan that he could do yoga. Now Dan is try to convince his co-workers that they need yoga too. I have been amazed at how much yoga has done for me and technically I already "knew" since I have participated in the past with Iyengar yoga. It is a great opportunity to take the classes in the Northwest. Our commute is much better for the week nights. We still love going to the studio for our gentle yoga class on Sundays. For me it is my "church". After the class, I always feel like a new person, calmer and lighter. I guess I just wanted to share how much we appreciate your efforts and what a difference it makes. I can't believe we are lucky enough to have this level of yoga available to us.
For years I have wanted to try yoga and procrastinated. Luckily I found this studio after one false start elsewhere. Since the beginning of January I have become truly committed to the practice. Calgary Iyengar Yoga has played a huge part in building that commitment. Several factors have made this possible. Firstly, the studio is very friendly and conducive to shared learning. Secondly, the style of yoga is very purposeful and methodical in its approach. Great care is taken to ensure correctness and consequently this ensures people progress appropriately such that they gain great benefits without undue strain on injury. Given the injuries I have sustained, this is especially important to me. However, one thing that really stands out is the quality, professionalism and skill of the instruction. It takes many years to become an instructor at this studio and it really shows. Teaching is as much about demeanor as it is about skill and knowledge. The instructors at Calgary Iyengar Yoga are very aware of individual needs and often provide specific advice in a manner that is caring and encouraging. When you are starting out, this understanding is very important in both enjoyment and personal progression. Over my first two months I have felt very positive physical changes that have helped me increase flexibility and lose weight – an added bonus! Pains that were once a constant companion have become less and less. It feels great to be engaged in a physical activity that I am truly enjoying and in a welcoming community of individuals.
My first yoga class was about 2 years ago. I was motivated to go because I am pretty diligent about my fitness, but I knew that my balance and flexibility were not great. So, I went to yoga to supplement my fitness. I can now say that I maintain my fitness to supplement my yoga. What got me hooked on yoga was how great I felt after I left a class. Slowly, I could
see small improvements, until one day, I unexpectedly and miraculously was able to touch my nose to my knee. Don’t misunderstand: there are many, many poses that will likely forever escape my grasp, but this is perhaps another attractive aspect of yoga. There is truly no end to it. I guess you could say that it is infinite. It just so happens that the yoga studio I attended is in my neighbourhood. This was by design because, like so many of us, I have a busy schedule and sometimes I find it rather self indulgent to be spending time on my fitness and state of mind. I noticed that many of the students at the Calgary Iyengar Studio travelled far and wide to attend. Some come from as far afield as Lethbridge, Canmore, and all corners of the city of Calgary. This caught my attention because it spoke volumes for the quality of teaching. I soon learned for myself why one might travel a long distance to attend one of the classes here. In the Iyengar style classes, the teacher does not stand in the front of the class while students follow along. Students don’t simply do their best to mimic the poses as they transition from one to the next. Instead, the teacher very carefully demonstrates the
pose, and supervises while students move deliberately from one to the next. The attention to detail is impressive, and important. The teachers also encourage students to develop and maintain a home practice. I can honestly say that I feel physically and emotionally better aligned. I am fortunate to say that at 48, I am totally pain free (touch wood). My balance is improving all the time. My flexibility is better than it has ever been, and my strength and range of motion make me feel vibrant. The poses really do positively effect my state of mind, and I am slowly learning through experience that the yoga poses ultimately serve the purpose of quieting the mind and calming the soul. I am so grateful to my teachers at Calgary Iyengar Studio, and to the wise people who have brought this practice and all of its benefits to the world. It is simple, timeless, and effective on so many levels.