Cihangir Yoga 1
Cihangir Yoga 1 is the foundation of our community and studio and it’s where most students have their first experience with yoga.
It’s in Cihangir Yoga 1 classes where you will cultivate the tools for an informed practice that will last you a life time!
In Cihangir Yoga 1 classes the proper alignment of the body in poses is learned, so that your practice is safe and informed.
Additionally, in Cihangir Yoga 1 classes you will start to learn the basics of traditional breath practices and meditation techniques.
We recommend attending these classes on a regular basis for approximately 3 months before attending Cihangir Yoga 2 classes.
Cihangir Yoga 2
Cihangir Yoga 2 is the bridge between the basic teachings of Cihangir Yoga 1 and the stronger practices of Cihangir Yoga 3 classes.
It’s in Cihangir Yoga 2 classes that you start to explore full and complete yoga postures.
In Cihangir Yoga 2 classes you will continue to expand the basics of traditional breath practices and meditation techniques.
Cihangir Yoga 3
Cihangir Yoga 3 classes build upon what is learned in Cihangir Yoga 1 and Cihangir Yoga 2 classes.
It’s in CY 3 classes that you will start to explore a stronger and more expanded practice through the linking and combining of poses in short sequences which demand a deeper sense of strength, stamina, and alignment awareness from the student.
We recommend taking Cihangir Yoga 1 and Cihangir Yoga 2 classes for 6 months before joining Cihangir Yoga 3 classes.
Continued attendance to Cihangir Yoga 1 and Cihangir Yoga 2 classes is highly recommended.
Cihangir Yoga Advanced
CY Advanced classes, takes the practice to a deeper level by combing poses primarily from CY 2 and CY 3 classes.
In CY Advanced classes sequences can be slightly longer and will explore more advanced poses and pose variations.
In CY Advanced classes, you will continue to expand your breath and meditation practices.
You are welcome to these classes if you can do a backbend with straight arms and kick up to a handstand against the wall on your own.
Before attending CY Advanced classes, you should have been practicing regularly for a
minimum of 1 year with a minimum of 6 months of CY 3 classes, to ensure that you have the skills necessary to practice safely.
CY Advanced students should continue to attend CY 1, 2 and 3 classes as a way to continue to refine their practice both on and off the mat.
In this class, we use simple breath awareness as an entry point to basic meditation techniques.
Meditation induces a calming effect on the nervous system. By relaxing the nervous system, it is possible to find a sense of ease in the body and the mind.
Meditation classes are FREE and no prior experience is needed to attend.
This class is accessible to all age groups.
In this class, simple poses are synchronized with the breath which helps to release muscle tension while increasing muscle strength.
Some classes will focus on specific body parts and or the healing qualities of the breath. This type of practice is a great way to improve circulation as well as to increase the general range of motion of the entire body.
No previous yoga experience is needed.
Yin Yoga is a slow paced practice that is open to all levels.
Basic and calming poses are held for 3-5 minutes allowing you to experience a deeper level of opening in your body.
This meditative practice also increases flexibility and is a complementary practice that balances the effects of the more dynamic yoga classes.
No previous yoga experience is needed.
The Shadow Yoga series cultivates breath and body flexibility while releasing joint, bone and tendon tension.
Through this practice, which consists of the repetition of simple and easy movements, you will strengthen your core, clear your mind, and energize your body.
Shadow Yoga classes are offered as a series and are NOT included in a Cihangir Yoga membership.
Prenatal yoga can be a great way to prepare for child birth.
Prenatal yoga helps build the stamina and strength needed during the pregnancy, while simultaneously relieving muscle tension in the hips, back and shoulders.
Conscious breathing techniques will help you to stay calm throughout your pregnancy, leading to a more rewarding experience for both you and your child.
We recommend that you consult your doctor before practicing. While practicing, always listen to your body and do what feels right for you.
Kids Yoga (3 to 7 years old)
Kids yoga has many physical and psychological benefits.
Yoga enhances children’s flexibility, strength, coordination and overall body awareness.
Yoga also helps kids to improve their concentration, use their imagination and teaches them how to relax, a skill that will last a life time!
Pilates is a great way to help strengthen your abdomen and pelvis as well as maintain good posture.
Pilates involves precise moves and specific breathing techniques which helps strengthen the mind/body connection.
With regular practice, Pilates helps strengthen and tone the core and increase general range of motion.
No previous experience is required.
Our Community classes are taught by graduates of 200 hour teacher trainings that have been selected to participate in the Cihangir Yoga Internship Program.
Internship teachers are mentored closely by Cihangir Yoga’s most experienced and skilled teachers.
Community classes are taught at the Fundamentals 1 level and are open to everyone.