ASHTANGA YOGA: The Primary Series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a set sequence of postures, linked together with the breath. It was codified by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. The Primary Series is the first series students learn in this method of yoga. The Sanskrit name for the Primary Series is Yoga Chikitsa, which can be interpreted as “Yoga Therapy.” It is given this name because it is said to purify and heal the body. The “Ashtanga Yoga” class will move at a faster pace than the “Intro to Ashtanga” class and will focus on many of the seated postures in the sequence. A basic level of fitness is recommended. Please bring a yoga mat if possible and wear comfortable athletic clothes. This class is taught by Mary Kirkendoll.
INTRO TO ASHTANGA: This class will move at a slower pace than the “Ashtanga Yoga” class and will focus on many of the standing postures in the Primary Series sequence. Experience with the standing postures is suggested before moving on to the seated postures. The slower pace will enable you to focus on your breath and proper body alignment. This class is appropriate for all levels. Please bring a yoga mat if possible and wear comfortable athletic clothes. This class is taught by Mary Kirkendoll.
VINYASA YOGA: This class will include a wide variety of yoga postures, thoughtfully sequenced by Mary to challenge your body & mind while cultivating a deeper awareness of the breath within the posture and within the movements between the postures. The roots of Vinyasa Flow come from the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system from Mysore, India. The class is appropriate for those with a basic level of fitness. Please bring a yoga mat if possible and wear comfortable athletic clothes. This class is taught by Mary Kirkendoll.
SLOW VINYASA & YOGA PHILOSOPHY: This class will move at a slower pace than “Vinyasa Yoga” and will also introduce a varied sequence of yoga postures each week. As usual there will be a strong focus on cultivating a deep awareness of breath in movement and in stillness. Each week will focus on a singular aspect of yoga philosophy from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. This class is appropriate for all levels. Please bring a yoga mat if possible and wear comfortable athletic clothes. This class is taught by Mary Kirkendoll.
MEDITATION: They EYC joins the Kansas Zen Center for open meditation practice, at the new Kansas Zen Center in Lawrence (12th St and Laura Ave). Free and open to anyone. This offering will begin once the new Kansas Zen Center opens in the fall (specific date TBA).
YOGA FOR SENIORS: This classes will include gentle stretching, deep breathing, muscle engagement exercises, mobility & postural work, and mindfulness training. There will be standing postures, seated postures, and reclining postures with chairs available if needed. All ages are welcome. Please bring a yoga mat if possible and wear comfortable athletic clothes. All seniors pay $5 for any and all classes. Classes taught by Mary Kirkendoll.
YOUTH YOGA: These 45 minute classes will include deep breathing, movement to increase strength & flexibility, and positive engagement. We will work towards: non-competitiveness, self-acceptance, tolerance, healthy habits, focus, calming techniques, self awareness, positivity. Please bring a yoga mat if possible and wear comfortable clothes. All fitness levels are welcome. All ages are welcome if able to independently participate for the full 45 minutes. Classes taught by Geeta Tiwari & Mary Kirkendoll.
MEN’S YOGA: This class will work to increase flexibility, build mindfulness, reduce stress, improve mobility & posture, and prevent injuries. There is no fitness requirement to participate, and you will be asked to do what you can without pushing into pain. Please wear comfortable athletic clothes and bring a yoga mat if possible. This class is taught by Mary Kirkendoll.
MYSORE YOGA: Mysore, India is the home of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Mysore style yoga is the traditional teaching, in which students work alone at their own pace, guided by the teacher. Students learn a set sequence of postures one at a time, moving deeper into the series each week. This is the best way to develop your own individual practice, and is encouraged for all students at all levels. Students are welcome to stay past 9:30am to finish their practice. Led by Mary Kirkendoll.