Ashtanga Yoga is a traditional form of yoga which was taught by Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India.
This method of dynamic yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures, a process producing intense internal heat and a purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body and a calm, focused mind. The Ashtanga Yoga system places equal emphasis on strength, flexibility and stamina. Through regular practice of the physical postures of Ashtanga Yoga, personal insights begin to manifest. We become aware of what we put in our bodies and how we interact with the world around us; growing our ability to concentrate fully and live a healthier, more contented life. If
– Beginners Ashtanga (guided class)
In this 1-hour class, we teach the fundamental principles of Ashtanga and break down the different elements of the sun salutations. We find the essence of every single Ashtanga pose within the sun salutations therefore, if this is taught with awareness from the beginning, the yoga practitioner develops a strong foundation to build upon over the months and years of practice to come.
Beginner classes are great for those new to Ashtanga as well as those wishing to refresh the basics or return to practice after a break.
– Ashtanga – Primary Series (guided, non-beginner)
In these classes the sun salutations and the standing poses will be talked through at a steady pace. It is assumed that the students are already familiar with that part of the sequence, therefore it is not a class for beginners to the Ashtanga system.
Depending on the level of the class (levels 1-2-3 up to “Full Primary”) we will progressively advance through the poses of the Primary Series. You’ll want to be fairly comfortable with the part of the sequence you’re working on before moving on to the next level.
Mysore Style is the traditional way of teaching the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.
In Mysore class, everyone works within his or her own breathing rhythm and capabilities; growing slowly with the practice to ensure a life-long sustainable practice. Once you have the sun salutations memorized and the general format of the beginning of the standing sequence we encourage you to attend the Mysore practice. We have cheat sheets available and a teacher is always present to help if you forget something. The teacher gives personal advice that isn’t always possible in a group led class. Each person comes and starts and finishes their practice at their own time (within the time limits specified on the schedule).
Our vinyasa classes are always based on the principles of ashtanga – breath, bandha, drishti and linking breath with movement. The sequences are woven together skillfully and seamlessly making a beautiful dancing flow of yoga asanas! Each class has a different theme.
Strong Vinyasa classes are challenging but at the same time can be adapted to your level as the poses are taught in a precise, layer by layer manner. Each individual being encouraged to find balance between challenging oneself and deep listening to the body/mind to avoid going beyond this days needs.
This class is to focus on morning practices to prepare you for your day. We generally start with a couple of techniques that awaken the abdominal area to promote healthy internal organs and tone the abdominal muscles. Then we warm up all parts of the body using conscious mindful movement through yoga poses. As the body starts to feel energized, we’ll move through a short session of dynamic movement before coming back to the floor to cool the body and nervous system. Often, we end with a couple restorative yoga poses before completely letting go in a guided relaxation.
The class is open to all levels.
Healthy posture is essential for the energy to move freely through our body and keep away aches and pains. It also affects how we present ourselves in the world and can reflect how we feel emotionally. Even how we breathe can be altered by how we hold ourselves. In yoga, it is said we are made up of five layers: the body, the breath/energy, the mind/emotions, the intellect/higher mind, and our bliss body. When we work on one, it will affect the others.
In this class the focus will be learning to feel the body from the inside out and where it is in the space around us. We bring awareness to the inner core line, bringing balance to two aspects of yoga: stability and ease. There are no poses on the wrists or knees and no sun salutations, making it a great class for those new to yoga and anyone with injuries who need to slow down and bring mindfulness to their movements.
Experienced practitioners tend to enjoy the class from time to time as a reminder of what we aim to achieve as we flow through Ashtanga or Vinyasa sequences.
The class is open to all levels.
Pranayama techniques are special practices working with the breath. In this class we start with kriyas (cleansing exercises) that facilitate smooth, deep breathing and then we explore different pranayama exercises. This part of the class is about 25 minutes.
The second part of the class is a guided Ashtanga practice (open to all levels except beginners). The class is mostly flowing through a portion of the primary series however, we may skip some poses to have the ability to explore different portions of the series each week. Also, we can take time to go into detail about particular poses or actions – how to do them with anatomical alignment, using props or variations to promote health, healing and mindfulness within the Ashtanga practice. It’s a great class for those with a regular practice to have the opportunity to do a semi-workshop each week. Or those who don’t do the full primary but wish to try poses throughout the series in a safe manner.