Even in our group classes, we strive to respect the ancient model of learning where yoga was taught on an individual basis. From the beginning, we tailor our instruction to meet the needs of the participating students and present the teachings in a way that is consistent with the philosophy of yoga. Asanas (postures) are introduced in a gradual and systematic manner in coordination with proper breathing. People who are new to yoga can be sure they are learning the postures in a correct manner while becoming more conscious of their breathing. In a very short time, conscious breathing (pranayama) becomes a form of meditation that calms restless thoughts, supports energy, and strengthens the immune and nervous systems. Over time, our ultimate goal is to lead students towards an independent practice that will bring the benefits of yoga into their daily lives.