Ashtanga Yoga is a system of Yoga popularized in modern times by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the city of Mysore, South India. The name Ashtanga Yoga means “8 limbs” in Sanskrit. It is a reference to the 8-part method of practice in the ancient text, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. In Patanjali’s method, the practice of asana or postures is one part of a comprehensive discipline of self care including physical and mental training.
Pattabhi Jois taught a dynamic method of choreographed sequences of postures linked with breath and concentration techniques that aim to give practical experience of the 8-limbed method. Ashtanga Yoga is taught in two complementary formats, Mysore style or Led classes. We offer a variety of Led classes based in the Ashtanga Yoga system for all levels. Read on for details.
Experience the Ashtanga method as it is taught in Mysore, India. It is the best way to learn Ashtanga Yoga, and the perfect starting point for beginners. Mysore style is based on building a relationship with a teacher. The student will learn the system at his or her own pace with guidance and support.
Rather than being led through the sequence, you will be aided in memorizing the poses over time, cultivating a consistent practice, and practicing independently. New poses will be added gradually. Your class time will vary depending on your pace and the number of postures you have been taught to practice. It is not necessary to stay for the entire scheduled class.
All experience levels practice together creating a dynamic and harmonious classroom community, allowing the teacher to supervise and assist each student when and where they need it. Hallmarks of this style of teaching include hands on assistance, individualized instruction, and silent focus to encourage concentration, inspiration, and perspiration.
Full Primary Series. This class is for experienced students, or as a complement to a regular Mysore practice. In this class, the teacher will call out the names of the poses in Sanskrit according to the classical vinyasa count. To encourage your independence and focus, the teacher will not demonstrate or offer modifications, however you are encouraged to modify as needed. This class is for you to work on efficiency in your practice and refine what you have learned in Mysore style classes. The full sequence of poses is meant to be learned gradually. If you haven’t yet learned the full sequence of poses, you can observe what is to come or simply stop at the point where you have learned and finish on your own. Visitors can join this class if you have an established Ashtanga Yoga practice.
Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga. In this supportive and welcoming class, students will get the opportunity to practice the first section of the Ashtanga Yoga sequence in an introductory and available manner. The technique and theory will be explained and experienced. Modifications of poses will be shown for all ability levels. This class will give you the opportunity to flow, breath, and sweat at a mellow pace. It is a great way “in” to our Shala, and it is appropriate for complete beginners.
1/2 Primary Series. This class follows a dynamic sequence of poses designed to stretch, strengthen, and detoxify your body. Expect to sweat and be challenged! Class will follow the Primary Series up to Navasana and include the final 3 seated finishing poses. Some simple hands on adjustments will be offered, and modifications will be shown as necessary. Sanskrit asana names and counts are used as much as possible
Ashtanga Flow. This 1 hr. class draws on the poses from the 1/2 primary series classes, leaving off some of the more complex poses. This class is perfect for fit beginners, or those who want to get their practice done in a more condensed timeframe. The teacher will demonstrate poses and offer modifications as necessary. The teacher will take time to demonstrate or explain the technique for entering poses as necessary.
Gentle Flow. This class based in the ashtanga series follows the signature technique of linking breath and movement, called vinyasa. It will begin with seated mindful breathing and slowly warm the body in preparation for Sun Salutations. The pace of this class will be mellow and the sequence will be tailored to the students in attendance. We will includes a short standing sequence, a short floor sequence, and finish with final sit and then a reclined guided relaxation.