Ashtanga

DSC_0372Ashtanga Yoga is an effective system to grow the physical, mental and spiritual level, which enables us to achieve more strength and flexibility. The system of Ashtanga Yoga was founded by Sri K. Patthabi Jois, and passed on to him by his teacher T. Krishnamacharya.

The Ashtanga Yoga system consists of three sequences or series. The “Primary Series” (Yoga Chikitsa) detoxifies and aligns the body. The “Intermediate Series” (Nadi Shodana) purifies the nervous system by means of opening and releasing the energy channels. The Advanced Series A, B, C, and D (Shtira Baga) integrate the strength and grace of the practice, requiring higher physical levels of flexibility and strength. The breath is continuously and deep during the whole practice. Even breathing cannot be overemphasized in the Ashtanga Yoga system. When breath feeds into action, and action improves posture, each movement becomes gentle, precise, and perfectly steady.

Ashtanga Classes

Ashtanga Basics

This class is intended to introduce the practice of Ashtanga yoga in a relaxed and fun format. Students will learn Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskara), standing postures, and the initial seated postures of the Primary Series. Alignment and geometry of the poses will be broken down so that the students can feel more connected to the poses. This is great for active beginners and up!

Ashtanga Inspired Flow

This class deviates from the traditional Ashtanga sequence. We may opt to focus “led” classes around a particular theme, forward bends for instance. Prior experience is needed.

Ashtanga Primary Series

This led class will take you through the entire Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga.  Assists will be provided throughout this class as you are led through this rhythmic and challenging sequence. The energy level in this class is simply amazing! Proficiency in wheel and headstand (or strong knowledge of modifications and/or “building blocks” for these postures) are recommended, as breakdown of these postures will not be provided in this class. A strong level of experience with yoga is required.

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