Level 1, Mixed Level and Level 3 classes with William
William has been practicing and teaching Yoga for over 37 years. He started one of the first Yoga studios in the Twin Cities, the Minneapolis Yoga Workshop, in 1979. He made three trips to India to study with BKS Iyengar, and is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher. He is also trained in the Raja Yoga, Vipassana and Vajrayana meditation traditions, weaving their teachings into his classes. William trains and mentors teachers and dedicated students. His classes are known for his humor and his depth of understanding.
William’s mission is to support others in developing conscious, nonviolent and compassionate lives. By integrating the body, breath and mind through yoga postures, deep relaxation and meditation, he helps provide the tools and skills to open hearts, discover self-care, and improve well-being.
Iyengar Yoga is based on the teachings of yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar and begins with the art and science of asanas, or yoga postures. His innovative method sets him apart from other methods of Hatha Yoga because of:
- his emphasis on standing poses,
- supported inversions and backbends that pacify the nerves,
- the use of props (such as walls, blocks, belts, chairs, blankets, weights, and other devices) to facilitate ease and depth of learning,
- specific sequencing of postures for general and therapeutic benefits, and
- careful, individualized adjustments.
In Iyengar Yoga time is spent on the development and proper alignment of each asana. A Precisely guided verbal instruction and visual demonstration helps reinforce the relationship of all parts of the body to the asana, and the asana to the breath and yoga philosophy. Sometimes, poses are held for longer periods of time.
An Iyengar Yoga teacher can guide students of all ages and physical conditions to an experience of yoga, which is safe, accessible and rewarding. Students of Iyengar Yoga begin with elementary postures and with an emphasis on the standing asanas (postures). In time, other postures are added, including forward bends and back bends, twists, inversions and restorative poses. Salamba Sarvangasana (Shoulder Balance) is introduced as soon as students are ready because of its many therapeutic benefits. Each class ends with Savasana, corpse pose or deep relaxation. Students learn to rest in a profound way, completely releasing the body while drawing the mind towards the peace within. As the student progresses, Pranayama (the control of the breath) is introduced.