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 knowledge and care including physical and mental training. It is considered a traditional practice because it draws on the ancient texts and traditions of India for its inspiration.
Ashtanga Yoga is 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.
Hands on assitsts are a key feature of the Ashtanga Yoga teaching method; they can direct your awareness and support your effort in class. Ashtanga Yoga Worldwide teachers are trained and experienced in giving these hands on assists but we recognize that you may not always want one.
We offer consent cards that can be placed on your mat to quietly indicate your preference to receive hands on assists or not. They can be flipped throughout the class to indicate your preference. Feel free to ask for details.
Mysore style is a self paced practice where you work in relationship with your teacher. The student will learn the system at his or her own pace with guidance and support. This is the best way to learn Ashtanga Yoga, and the perfect starting point for beginners.
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 learned 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 support 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.
Tranquil Tuesdays. Are you stressed, overwhelmed, or fatigued? Heard about the benefits of meditation but do not know how to start? Join us for this weekly class to learn simple techniques to get you started! Learn guidelines for creating a daily practice and common obstacles for beginners to overcome. Benefit from enhanced mental clarity, deeper concentration, and renewed focus in life. Experience the stillness and freedom that is your true nature!
- Pranayama – Breath Awareness
- Progressive Body Relaxation
- Creative Visualization
- The Power of Affirmations
- Chanting & Mantra Repetition
- 7 Chakra Energy Centers
- Aromatherapy & Marma Therapy
- Yoga Nidra Guided Relaxation