This class will offer an in-depth look at the fundamentals that make up Ashtanga yoga. Beginners and new practitioners can benefit from 'learning by doing' in a welcoming environment with valuable insight into how this style of yoga works. Here we will look at the powerful combination of breath, alignment and gaze (referred to as the Tristana method) and see first hand how this can bring a whole new meaning and dynamic to the postures we do. This will allow students to move forward safely from a place of strength, confidence and enjoyment in their own individual practice!
This guided class offers a deeper exploration of the Primary series in Ashtanga yoga, a set sequence of asanas (yoga postures) designed to build strength and flexibility over time with dedicated practice. We will take a journey through some of the more challenging postures of the Primary Series and how this can create a foundation for a more advanced practice in the future.
Prepare to sweat as this practice is known to build internal heat! Ashtanga II is a great chance to take your practice to the next level and build stamina by working through the dynamic sequence of postures. As we flow through a progressive series of postures, you will find this class is a perfect balance between movement and meditation by providing a gateway to a quiet and steady mind through the physical experience of yoga.
The Mysore-style setting is the most effective way of learning and practicing Ashtanga yoga. The class is named after the city in South India (Mysore), where Sri K. Pattabhi Jois taught and passed on the knowledge of yoga. It is a traditional method where students of all levels, beginners and experienced, are welcome to join the collective energy in the practice room. Students take individual responsibility of their yoga practice by flowing at their own pace, in their own time and with the rhythm of their own breath.
Mysore-style is not a group led class. It is a safe environment in which students receive individual attention from the teacher and are assisted in postures when necessary. This helps practitioners to accomplish each posture in their own time and at their own level while memorizing the sequence of postures in the correct order. This in turn makes the practice a moving meditation of sorts where students go inwards without any distractions. Mysore classes do not have a punctual start time. These classes often run anywhere between two to three hours. Therefore, you can walk in and begin your practice within the time frame of a Mysore class.
Mysore is often misunderstood as a class only for advanced students. This couldn't be further from the truth. Mysore classes are open to all levels, even if a student is not experienced or does not know the sequence by heart. All instruction is tailored to the student’s individual needs. Students can build up on what they learned before, and progress onto more advanced postures once ready.