CLASS Levels

We specify the levels of all of our yoga classes to help you find what’s right for you in that moment. Levels aren’t a testament of how “good” you are at yoga; there’s no such thing! They’re simply a guide to help you know what to expect in class.

 
 
Tree pose yoga in Santa Barbara

Level 1 ⊹ Beginner

In Level 1 classes, thorough cues on how to enter/exit each pose and instructions on engagement, alignment, and safety within each pose are given. These classes are usually slow and deliberate, or moderately-paced linking simple postures.

Level 1 classes are suitable for those who want to strengthen the foundation of their practice or those who are just beginning yoga.

Common Level 1 Poses: Downward Facing Dog, Cobra, and Tree Pose (pictured).

Dancer pose yoga in Santa Barbara

Level 2 ⊹ Intermediate

In Level 2 classes, it’s assumed that students know most of the basic asanas (poses) and can move through Vinyasa flows smoothly with a few breaks. In level 2 classes, some advanced poses like Crow or Bird of Paradise are taught, but options for modifications are given. All poses are able to be modified for for compromised range of motion.

Common Level 2 Poses: Warrior 3, Cow Face Pose, Dolphin Pose, Lord of the Dance Pose (pictured).

Bird of Paradise pose in Santa Barbara

Level 2/3 ⊹ Intermediate & Advanced

In Level 2/3 (also written as “Level 2 & 3”) classes, it’s assumed that students know most of the basic and intermediate poses. In these classes, there are fewer built-in resting periods and the flow is is sometimes quick- paced with some longer, challenging holds.

Students are expected to feel comfortable in (or working towards feeling more comfortable in) deeper backbends and inversions.

Common Level 2/3 Poses: Crow Pose, Headstand, Handstand, and Bird of Paradise (pictured).


All Levels

“All levels” classes are accessible for a range of students from beginners to seasoned yogis. The teacher will offer many modifications and variations to fit the specific needs of the students in class. It’s encouraged that new students modify their poses with props and listen to their body carefully, and that advanced students add their own personal flare to their practice.