Ashtanga 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 knowledge and care including physical and mental training.
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.
This Ashtanga Yoga fundamentals class offers key alignment tips and gives you plenty of time to transition between poses.
You’ll start by practicing many of the standing postures of the primary series before moving into the floor postures. During the floor postures you will be given alternative methods for developing the strength necessary for transitions between asanas. The floor sequencing will be an abbreviated version of the traditional primary series.
This class is suitable for all levels of practice. The emphasis is not only on the physical aspects of the practice but on cultivating compassion, non-judgment, wise intention, and present moment awareness of breath and body as we move through the asanas.
As the practitioner you always have the choice to do what feels appropriate for you in any particular moment during the class and you are encouraged to practice safely and comfortably.