Home practice are two words my students hear week after week. I expect everyone at every level to start a HOME PRACTICE. Most people can take only one class a week; in order to get the maximum benefit from your classes, you must PRACTICE. I suggest each student work on two to three poses each week so you can continue to progress and improve. Use your tapas, self-discipline, to get on the mat every day and many positive changes will happen. Just do it!

Never say you have no time for your practice. Take my example: you know how hard I work, yet you know I keep in touch without missing a day. Do not think about having no time; then you will squeeze time for your practice. B.K.S Iyengar from Sparks of Divinity Compiled by Noelle Perez-Christiaens

Discipline and purity must come from within. – B.K.S. Iyengar


Introductory to Iyengar Yoga

This 8-class Introductory series is to acquaint students new to the Iyengar method with the fundamentals of yoga postures. I encourage students with no experience in Iyengar Yoga to take this Introductory Series, which will lay the foundation for your practice and prepares you for progression to a Beginner Class. This class however is NOT appropriate for anyone that has a major medical or physical condition. Many Standing poses will be taught. Shoulder Stand will be introduced.

Beginner to Iyengar Yoga:

The Slow Paced Intro to Iyengar Yoga and Rigorous Intro to Iyengar Yoga  is no longer being held. This Beginner class is for students that have taken the Introductory to Iyengar Yoga Series.  One will continue to learn the basic foundation in standing, forward , twisting and backward extensions.   For those that are new to the class, the preparation for Sarvangasana(shoulder balance) will be taught. Continuing students will continue to learn the full pose.  If you have any major medical or physical conditions that may prevent you from doing strong standing pose, forward extensions, twisting, back extensions this class is not for you Please email graham@iyengarraleigh.com with any concerns or questions you may have to see if this class is appropriate1


Gentle Yoga:

For continuing or beginning older students seeking a mild, slow-paced class because you are stiff, not very strong, or have certain limitations. You may benefit from this one hour more moderately paced and less intense class on Mondays and now Fridays too! Standing poses will be taught with support. Relaxation, restorative and recuperative poses will be emphasized throughout.

Beginner Pranayama:

Pranayama , the fourth limb of yoga, is the regulation of the incoming and outgoing flow of breath with retention. It provides a vital bridge between the body and the mind. By controlling the breath, one can control the mind.

The 1 hour class will start with a few Restorative poses to help prepare the body and mind for breath work. In the first weeks one will learn how to observe the breath, Ujjayee I in a supported Savasanae. The art of exhalation Ujjayee II, the art of inhalation Ujjayee III, interrupted inhalation Viloma I, Ujjayee IV, Viloma II will all be taught. One must commit to the series in order to progress, and make a commitment to practice at least 15 minutes everyday.

Level 1:

This class is appropriate for individuals who have taken the Beginner to Iyengar Yoga or have basic yoga experience. You will learn more about the fundamentals of posture and deepen your understanding of Salamba Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand) and Halasana(plough pose) as well as the preparation for Salamba Sirsasana(Headstand at the wall).

**Modifications will  be taught for those that have medical/physical conditions and are unable to work with the ful


Level 1/2:

This class is to help individuals refine the fundamental poses with an emphasis on all the standing poses and refine your understanding of inversions: One will continue to learn the firmness and stability  in a 3-5 minute Salamba Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand),  and 2-3 minute Sirsasana (Headstand at the wall). Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Full Arm Balance), Pincha Mayurasana(Forearm Balance), Back bends and other more advanced poses are introduced..

**Modifications will  be taught for those that have medical/physical conditions and are unable to work with the full inversions.**


Level 2:

This class is for people who would like to gain a deeper and expanded study of the fundamental poses that were learned in Level I/II. You will learn how to balance away from the wall in Salamba Sirsasana (headstand) and stay up to 5 minutes. In order to work with Salamba Sirsasana, you MUST be strong and familiar with the set up for Salamba Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand) and Halasana (plow pose). Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Full Arm Balance), Pincha Mayurasana(Forearm Balance), Back bends and other more advanced poses are refined.

**One must be aware of modifications for Inversions if not able to do.**

Level 2/3:

This class is for students who have a consistent home practice and are willing to go more deeply. Two years experience of weekly Iyengar classes are a must! You must be strong in standing poses, have a 5-10 minute Salamba Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand) and able to do Salamba Sirsasana (headstand) at the wall for 5 minutes and/or away, from the wall or aware of the modification that is best for you. Variations in Sarvangasana and Sirsasana will be taught. You will be expected to work with arm balances and push up into Urdhva Dhanurasana (upward bow pose).

**One must be aware of modifications for Inversions if not able to do.**

Relax, Renew, Restore with Graham

This is a NEW Mid week class that will be taught by Graham on Wednesdays from 12-1 pm. It is limited to 8 students only. This is not a Beginner class. One must have attended Graham's Beginner class or Gentle class for at least 6 months prior to taking this class, 

The class will focus on using the ropes and working with several other props to support and traction the body with chest opening  and back lengthening poses. Just 6-7 poses will be taught  each week in this 1 hour class where each student will have a chance to stay longer and  work with the breath to help calm and quiet the mind.

Two Hour Restorative Class with Heather Worrell

“Restorative yoga is a practice that is all about slowing down and opening your body through passive stretching. ... During the long holds of restorative yoga, however, your muscles are allowed to relax deeply. It's a unique feeling because props, rather than your muscles, are used to support your body  “ In this 2 hour class there will be many supportive poses that open the chest, energize the body, and prepare the mind for the week ahead (and to leave the last week behind). 

Which class is right for me?

Graham is happy to set up an individual lesson if you are unsure of what class is best for you. If you have a major medical or physical condition Graham requires to see her first before taking a group class.





What a joy to stretch and to stretch with precision as far as I can, and to become aware of the joints, muscles, ligaments and bones that support my body. With infectious joy and precision Graham both demonstrates and explains to us, how step by step we can understand our bodies, and learn how to create space between the segments of the spine and other joints and how to build solid core strength. Then gradually many yoga asanas become easy because they make total sense.
— Barbara Wishy (82) student of Graham's for 10 years