Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga (known also as 'Ashtanga Yoga') is a dynamic form of Hatha Yoga taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India.

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is characterised by its focus on vinyasa (synchronised breath and movement), that creates a constant flow between the more static, traditional yoga postures. It is a dynamic system that emphasises the connection between breath and movement through a series of postures specifically designed to balance strength and flexibility, whilst simultaneously focusing and calming the mind.

In the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga method, asanas (postures) are performed in a specific order, which has the effect of ‘unlocking’ the body in an intelligent and scientific way, each pose preparing the body for ones to come. There are 6 series of postures – Primary Series, Intermediate Series and Advanced A, B, C and D. Each Ashtanga student begins by practicing the Primary Series (known as ‘yoga chikitsa’, which means yoga therapy), progressing through its set sequence of asanas (poses) one-by-one under the guidance of an experienced teacher.

Ashtanga Yoga Classes

Mysore Style Ashtanga Yoga

Traditionally Ashtanga Yoga is taught in a Mysore-Style class. In a Mysore Ashtanga class each student begins by learning Primary Series pose-by-pose, practicing the sequence according to their own individual capacity and physical ability. Because a Mysore class allows students to move at their own pace it accommodates all levels of yoga practitioner, from complete beginners to very advanced students.

Beginners will have a much shorter practice than more experienced practitioners. When the teacher sees that the student is ready, additional poses are added to a students yoga practice, building stamina, strength, flexibility and concentration, but without over exertion or risk of injury.

Mysore Ashtanga Yoga Classes are the perfect place for beginners to learn Ashtanga Yoga.

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Led Ashtanga Yoga Classes

Ashtanga Yoga - Basics (Beginners)

Ashtanga Yoga Basics classes begin with establishing embodied awareness through guided ujjayi breathing techniques and simple mindfulness. The foundation poses of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Primary Series are then taught slowly and with modifications and props if required. Extra space and time is given to explore posture technique, making this class ideal for new students keen to build a regular yoga practice.

Guided Ashtanga Yoga classes at The Ashtanga Yoga Workshop are accessable to all levels of student and contain detailed pose instruction and pose modifications where necessary

This class is suitable for:

  • Complete Beginners
  • Current practitioners seeking to get back to basics refine their alignment

Ashtanga Yoga - Half Primary (All Levels)

Ashtanga Yoga Half Primary classes are slightly quicker than 'the basics' class and teach primary series poses up to and including Navasana (boat pose). Modifications and props are offered throughout the class as well as detailed guidance on alignment and technique.

This class is suitable for:

  • Beginner students seeking a challenge
  • Ashtanga Yoga students practicing Half or Full Primary Series - either at home or in a Mysore class.

Ashtanga Yoga - Full Primary (Level 2)

Counted Full Primary Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga classes help students learn the rhythm of the traditional vinyasa count and Primary Series pose sequence. Mysore practitioners should attend led classes regularly to maintain the momentum of their practice and clean up the vinyasas of their poses.

Full Primary Ashtanga Yoga classes will not contain as much alignment instruction as other guided classes and are fast flowing - they are not for complete beginners

This class is suitable for:

  • Those with an established yoga practice and a sense of adventure
  • Ashtanga Yoga students practicing Half or Full Primary Series - either at home or in a Mysore class