Yoga Builds Strength and Tones Muscles!

Ardha Parsvottanasana ~ Half Intense Side Stretch

Would you like to have stronger, leaner muscles without having to press weights? Practicing yoga at least two times per week builds strength and tones muscles!

In the Iyengar Yoga method, we have a proven sequence of poses for beginners that is specifically designed to build strength. We break each pose down for you with clear instructions so that everyone can improve muscle tone from their first class.

You can start building your strength by getting 3 Classes for $33 at Cascade Yoga in Bend!

Call/Text: 541.788.0725

Yoga Increases Coordination

Yoga Increases Coordination: Utthita Parsvakonasana

When you practice in an Iyengar Yoga class, the teacher will help you learn to use your breathe, the movement of your limbs and to focus your attention all at the same time. With repetition, the coordination of your breath, muscles and brain in each pose lend to increasing your overall coordination.

Another key to improving coordination lies in transitions between poses. A Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher will give you specific instructions for moving into and out of each pose, as well as how to be in the pose.

Improving your coordination is essential to reducing injury and can improve your performance in sports and your daily routine.

If you are interested in resuming your yoga practice or in getting started in yoga, please contact Cascade Yoga in Bend, Oregon for more information!

Yoga Improves Balance

Vrksasana - Tree Pose: Yoga Improves Balance

Feeling unbalanced? Practicing yoga literally improves your balance!

In the Iyengar Yoga method, we help beginners build balance by focusing on standing poses in a safe and easy to follow progression. Iyengar Yoga teachers are also trained in modifying poses and helping students know when to take more support, including to support their balance.

At first, you may not even realize you are building your balance, but once you are ready, we introduce Vrksasana (Tree Pose) and Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose) in a supported progression.

We don’t expect you to immediately balance on one foot — but we do know how to help you get there by moving step-by-step through a sequenced set of preparations.

For more information, please call or email me — I would love to talk to you about getting started with yoga in the Iyengar method at Cascade Yoga in Bend!

Yoga For Nerds!

Yoga Homework!

Yoga for Nerds! Did you know that Iyengar Yoga Classes include: homework(!), anatomically correct names for body parts & actions, and clear & concise instructions from a highly trained yoga teacher? There are many paths of yoga and Jnana Yoga ~ yoga of knowledge is one of them. Plus, practicing yoga asana improves your concentration so you can study more! Come explore the many facets of yoga at Cascade Yoga in Bend.

New students can get 3 Classes for $33:

Call/Text: 541.788.0725

Here is your first homework assignment and it even includes extra credit! Tadasana Homework. Enjoy!

Benefits of Inversions!


There are many benefits to practicing inversions! All inversions, whether they are supported or independent:

  • Work on the respiratory, circulatory, nervous and glandular systems
  • Help to strengthen will power & positive attitude
  • Improve Memory
  • Increase intellectual capacity
  • Bring emotional stability
  • Build character
  • Improve behavioral patterns

A Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher will incorporate supported, simple inversions from your very first class — you probably won’t even realize you are practicing a modified inversion, but you will still receive all the benefits! Over the course of time, with a consistent and sustained yoga practice, we will introduce: Viparita Karani (Inverted Relaxation Pose), Salamba Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand), Sirsasana (Head Stand — see photo!), Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Hand Stand), Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Balance) and more!

If you would like get started with yoga, please contact Bonnie at Cascade Yoga in Bend:

Call/text: 541.788.0725