Which level of class should I choose?
If you're completely new to yoga we always recommend that you start with a Beginner program like Esther Ekhart's Yoga for Beginners Course. This will help you understand the key foundations of yoga practice.
Level 1 classes are for complete beginners, as we spend more time instructing the poses and breathing techniques. The pace is gentle enough, but the classes can still be challenging, helping you to build up strength.
Level 1 classes are also for yoga teachers and students who want to learn more about proper alignment in the poses. They are also great if you are low on energy, or if you have an injury and need to take it easy.
Level 1/2 classes are a good choice if you are not a complete beginner and want to make a transition from level 1 to level 2.
Level 2 classes are for the experienced, intermediate students who feel ready for a greater challenge in their yoga practice. Expect a faster pace in some classes and therefore fewer detailed instructions for more familiar poses. More advanced poses are introduced.
Level 2/3 is a bit stronger than a level 2 class with more advanced poses, though options will often be given so that you can progress towards the poses. It's always ok to skip or modify a pose if that is what feels right for you on that day.
Level 3 classes are for the seasoned yogis who have been practicing for a good while. These classes require strength, flexibility, and balance. More physically challenging poses are explored and there are fewer instructions for familiar poses.
However, being 'advanced' at yoga is not just about physical capabilities. More importantly, it's also about your body awareness and your attitude to practice, so that you can try challenging new poses while taking responsibility for your own body, using variations and modifications for poses when needed.
These classes are interesting for people of all levels. Clear instructions are given during classes, including breathing techniques and alignment in poses. Different variations may be given for certain poses so that everyone can work to their own ability and comfort level.