COMPLETE MORNING SCHEDULE. Check it out. All of WYC;s sessions happen in the morning, so instead of a being a night school, it’s a morning school. We like that. Morning is when we can bring freshness to our practice at 3870 Lemon St. in downtown Riverside. Except for our teacher training program sessions, our classes are open, requiring no pre-registration. So new students can just “drop-in.” It’s also your choice when you start paying, and whenever you do, your first payment (no matter what the amount) enrolls you for at least a month. It’s your tuition. There are no individual class payments at WYC, and WHAT YOU PAY is up to you.
WYC’s two main “drop-in” are Saturday Yin Yoga at 8:30 and Sunday morning at 9:00. The Saturday one is easy and for everyone. Adventurous, confident beginners are welcome to the Sunday one, but it’s not easy. During the summer, you can try Sunday at 10:45 for an intro active class we call Ishtanga. Check elsewhere for an explanation of Ishtanga. Beginners are also welcome to the related open sessions on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, and to all the different kinds of sessions on Saturday mornings. There is no pre-registration necessary to attend WYC’s daily open sessions. We do, however, ask that only beginners intent on developing a deep, regular yoga practice start yoga at WYC.
Is WYC a Yoga Studio?
WYC is not a yoga studio. WYC’s daily sessions are open to everyone, but they are not like regular yoga studio classes. The regular nighttime individual yoga classes at the Lemon St. location are separately conducted through Anam Cara Yoga Studio. The Anam Cara classes are not included in the WYC enrollment. Again, all of WYC’s sessions happen in the morning, so instead of being a night school, it’s a morning school with a COMPLETE MORNING SCHEDULE.
And part of what makes WYC’s sessions so powerful is that they are attended by so many teachers. That elevates the collective consciousness. WYC is a teaching school mainly because it is attended by lots of teachers who participate in teaching the sessions as they practice. The teachers attending WYC’s regular sessions also help train the WYC’s Teacher Training Programs students. We’re all part of that process, and Teacher Training Program trainees attend the daily open sessions as part of their enrollment at no extra cost. That helps elevate the consciousness of the sessions as well. But it’s also important that people new to yoga attend WYC’s sessions. It gives the teachers-in-training insight into the beginner reality.
I’m New to Yoga, Can I Attend WYC Classes?
Except for teacher training, all of the WYC sessions are open to everyone at all times. It works for everyone to experience a teacher-level of yogic engagement, and that’s true even though many of the people who practice yoga at WYC are not trying to become yoga instructors per se. It doesn’t matter because yoga happens as a teaching. It happens in an enriching way that creates a sense of shared experience. That’s the “teacher-level.” It’s the stratum on which something can be shared lovingly.
Basically, we do Meditation–Yin Yoga practice on Saturday, Ishtanga on Sunday, and Meditation and Ishtanga during the week. So don’t let our relatively complex explanations of all this give you the wrong idea. Relatively regular yoga does happen at WYC. It’s just that the yoga done at WYC is more obviously “energy yoga,” and that makes sense because the name “hatha yoga”–the form of yoga everyone does these days–loosely translates into English as “energy yoga.”
That’s just another reason we emphasize morning practice. We are energetically fresh in the morning. It’s literally a new day, and during the week, (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings), you can do our version of “Mysore style” Ishtanga Yoga. “Mysore style” means each student is given individual instruction. So you can arrive any time between 7 and 9am, start your practice when you’re ready, and finish by 10:00 at the latest. It’s “our version” of Mysore Ishtanga because it’s taught collectively and we engage in humorous dharma talks. You can read WYC ASHTANGA for further clarification on how the weekday classes are conducted.
You can also read more about our Saturday sessions. That’s all covered on separate pages that you can click on to from the home page sliders. To simplify, if you are new, and even a bit confused by how different WYC is, come in Sat morning at 7:00 and get whatever information you need. In the meantime here are more links…