Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is an inspiring. vigorous, and disciplined approach to self-realization and spiritual awakening through the body and mind. In the Ashtanga Yoga system there are six series of postures, each designed to balance and fortify specific aspects of the body and mind. Each series begins with the same standing postures and finishes with the same sequence of postures at the end. The postures in between are sequenced to impart particular experiences and lessons unique to each series.
While Ashtanga contains some difficult, technical, and/or strenuous postures, the heart of the practice is a tuning toward surrender, deepening awareness of the self, and a release of the mind, ego, and body. Our intention is to impart these deeper and more fulfilling aspects of the practice.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga was taught passed down through the Yoga Korunta and based on the philosophical tradition compiled by Patanjali. This text was imparted to Sri T. Krishnamacharya in the early 1900′s by his Guru Rama Mohan Brahmachari, and was later passed down to Pattabhi Jois during the duration of his studies with Krishnamacharya, beginning in 1927. This is the method taught today, primarily through the Mysore Style learning method.
Mysore Style Classes are Ashtanga Yoga classes as traditionally practiced in Mysore, India, the home of the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. The Mysore class is a group class where students have a self-paced practice, with verbal instruction and hands-on adjustments from the teacher. Because the instruction in a Mysore class is highly individualized, it is appropriate for both new brand students as well as more advanced practitioners. This unique combination of individualized pace and instruction within a group class gives each student the ability to work at his/her own level, while enjoying the inspiration and energy of a group. Each student is taught and supported by the teacher as he/she memorizes the sequence and develops a personal rhythm to the practice. This class is appropriate for students of all levels and is an excellent opportunity to develop a practice that can slowly build over a lifetime. Knowing the sequence of postures is not required, just being open-minded, curious, and receptive to learning. (Thank you to Ashtanga Mantauk for this great description!)
Ashtanga Led Primary Series is also known as Yoga Chikitsa (Yoga Therapy). In this class, you will be led through the full primary series of the Ashtanga system using the traditional counted vinyasa. This flowing, set sequence of postures utilizes steady breathing, vinyasa and dristhi (looking place) to increase muscular strength, flexibility and concentration while working to purify the body, nervous system and mind.