Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a system of yoga transmitted to the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009). This Vinyasa method of yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of asanas (postures). The Ashtanga system is a set sequence of asanas, that, once learned, can become a moving meditation. When you repeat a series of asanas over and over, you move away from an intellectual understanding of them to a kinesthetic intelligence that connects movement to a place deep within.
Traditionally, Ashtanga yoga is not "led" but instruction is given one-on-one in a group class setting. While most of the Ashtanga-based classes at the EYC will be led, we do offer a weekly Mysore class as well. Ashtanga classes are taught by Mary Kirkendoll. Read below for more information about our Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga classes.
INTRO TO ASHTANGA
Intro to Ashtanga is a one-hour modified practice of the Ashtanga Primary Series. Explanations, demonstrations, and modifications of the poses will be provided. This introduction to Ashtanga Yoga will gradually increase your endurance, stamina, and levels of concentration so that you are able to practice the full 90 minute Primary Series.
ASHTANGA PRIMARY SERIES
The Primary or First Series of Ashtanga yoga classes will be led and adjustments or modifications are provided. The Primary Series is known as yoga chikitsa meaning yoga therapy, and is designed to purify the body. Click here to view a guide to the postures of the Ashtanga Primary Series.
INTRO TO INTERMEDIATE SERIES
Intro to Ashtanga Intermediate Series is an advanced practice utilizing the postures found in the Ashtanga Intermediate Series. The Intermediate Series is known as nadi shodhana meaning nerve cleansing. This practice will develop the strength and flexibility required to begin work on the full 90 minute Intermediate Series. Students can expect deep backbends, intense hip openers, and advanced arm balances. Knowledge of the Primary Series is recommended. Click here to view the postures in the Intermediate Series.
In Mysore practice, students work independently on the Ashtanga Sequence while the teacher assists and adjusts, and may quietly discuss concerns about the practice with the teacher. Knowledge of the Ashtanga Primary Series is recommended before beginning Mysore practice, but not required.
- city in Southern India
- modeled after the way the Ashtanga classes are taught in Mysore, India by the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
- provides an opportunity for students to develop a self practice, which is an integral part of the Ashtanga system
- please feel free to bring a "cheat sheet" or book to help guide you through the set series of postures
- move at your own pace while enjoying the energy of a group practice
120 Minutes (full series typically takes 90 minutes | students are free to leave when finished)