Ashtanga Yoga is the system of yoga founded by the late K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India and continued through the living legacy of his family Sharath, Saraswathi, and Manju Jois as well as his senior students and disciples.
Within the Ashtanga Yoga system, asanas are joined together through flowing movement co-ordinated with the breath (vinyasa), gaze (drishti), and alignment (bandha/mudra). There are six sequences of asanas (Primary, Intermediate, Advanced A, B, C and D) in the Ashtanga Yoga system which are practiced sequentially. Each sequence begins with the Sun Salutations and the same sequence of standing poses. All sequences end with the same finishing sequence. The postures which occur between the standing and the finishing sequence vary from series to series and are designed to strengthen the body, purify the energetic system and address the structural functioning of the body. This combination of asana, vinyasa, breath, gaze and alignment are the pinnacle of Hatha Yoga and Tantric technique and is grounded in the non-dualism of the Upanishads and the “eight-limbed” path of Patanjali. As students progress through the practice, the groundwork is laid for the practice of controlled-breathing (pranayama), meditation, and the awakening of kundalini leading to greater awareness, sustained energy, the development of compassion, and greater insight into the workings of the mind.
About Mysore-style classes
Ashtanga Yoga is traditionally taught in one of two ways: 1) Mysore-style or 2) Led-class.
A Mysore practice allows students to learn and practice one on one with a teacher through one of the asana sequences of Ashtanga Yoga. This allows the student to self-practice and do the practice in a way that is appropriate and/or therapeutic for their particular needs. Mysore practice is for everyone and is the place to learn the practice.
Led class is a group practice, guided by a teacher with the purpose of learning the precise vinyasas of the Primary or Intermediate series as well as providing a chance for practitioners to come together. It is for students already proficient in the series being guided. To participate in a led-class, a student MUST have an established practice as Led-class is not the place to learn the practice (Mysore-style is the way to learn the practice).
with Augustine Kim
Monday-Friday 6:30 – 9:30am Mysore
Sunday 7:15 – 9:15am Mysore
All classes closed on Moon Days
Introductory Offer: One month unlimited $99
12 Classes in One Month $139 (3 times per week)
One Month Unlimited $179
Drop-in (for students with an established Mysore practice) $20
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