Ashtanga Yoga


Thank you for your interest. Our Ashtanga program is currently in transition. Please direct your questions to Alana at ojaiyogashala@gmail.com.

 

Ashtanga Yoga is a thousand-year old system for human transformation, from the suffering of fragmented awareness, toward peace through the embodied recognition of our wholeness.

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is the practice of breath, physical postures, and focused awareness passed down from teacher to student for at-least the last century, and most likely much longer.

Mysore Style Ashtanga Vinyasa is the method of learning this practice through diligent, slow, and personalized learning, taught one-on-one in a group setting so that each student practices similar forms in a way that is appropriate for them; on any given day, life-stage, or physical condition.

An Ashtanga Intensive is a format for learning the Ashtanga Method as a total beginner or a seasoned practioner. We build together a community of practice to delve deeply and explore together the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual textures of the ancient process and modern practice. We intend to do this with honesty in order to build trust and allow for a wide exploration of ourselves and the tradition amidst the truth of our lives.

The format is 6 days per week, though you are not required to attend every class. Monday through Friday we begin together at 6:30am with a seated practice of guided meditation, pranayama (breath-control), chanting, and philosophy. From there we will begin the movement practice, learning posture by posture in the traditional Mysore method. Fridays and Sundays will be guided, with the whole class moving together.

 

Here’s a beautiful dedication to Pattabhi Jois and the Ashtanga practice he shared with the world, featuring our favorite senior teachers:

A great explanation of Mysore Ashtanga Yoga: http://yogaworkshop.com/schedule/about-mysore/