Ashtanga Yoga can be a challenging, yet deeply meditative asana system as taught by the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. The practice consists of six series that progress in complexity and intensity, and every practitioner starts by a gradual building of the Primary Series, also known as Yoga Chikitsa or Yoga Therapy. Consistent practice over time removes energy blockages from the body that leads to greater freedom of the body, mind and spirit.
This class is an introduction to the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga. The specific postures of the series will be done in this class, but not necessarily in the sequential order that they are traditionally done. We may work on building strength in the poses and the transitions into and out of the poses. This is a good class for those completely new to the Ashtanga practice and for those working on building the foundations of their current Ashtanga practice.
ASHTANGA PRIMARY SERIES (Led)
The specific set of postures and the breath will be called out by the instructor in this class. The led class tends to be a little bit more fast-paced than the Basics and the Mysore class. Typically, we will only get through 1/2 of the Primary Series in a 90 minute class.
In this class, you will practice Ashtanga in the traditional way. You will move through the set series of postures at your own pace, and with your own breath. The instructor will not call out the poses or the breath, but will be there to guide you along, taking you deeper into poses, or moving you further through the practice with verbal cues and physical adjustments. No experience required!