Your first yoga class can seem bewildering in its strangeness. Either everyone around you seems content to follow along, or the instructor gives instructions that seem like they are in another language.
Some classes are led by someone who tells you to do the best you can, just looking around you and at the class leader. Some classes have teachers who will instruct precisely in how to accomplish the pose.
For an introduction into the fundamentals of Iyengar yoga, which employs the latter method, try one of the introductory series at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles. Typically taught once a week across four to eight weeks, this course is being offered in a different format this weekend, Feb. 9-10. You can take two introductory classes for $30 back to back, Saturday, 4-5:30 p.m., and Sunday, 12:30-2.
The teacher of the weekend sessions, Vladimir Jandov, demonstrates that yoga is not just for bendy women. Jandov is ranked as an intermediate junior 1 certified Iyengar teacher.
Both Jandov and Paalman have studied directly with the Iyengars in Pune, India.
All props are provided at the studio. Students should wear shorts or tights and be prepared to practice barefoot.