All classes are based on the Krishnamacharya lineage of teaching, specifically blending the Iyengar and Ashtanga traditions, which combine attention to alignment with dynamic movement.
Our classes focus on asana (postures) and incorporate basic breath work and meditation techniques. Defined simply as vinyasa krama, a step-by-step approach. Different levels address and accommodate a range of student experience. All classes are designed to stimulate range of motion, expand breath and energy potential, and reduce overall stress.
Mixed Level: This level begins to explore the full components of sun salutations (Surya Namascar A & B), incorporates basic inversions and may introduce more challenging postures. Options will be given to address the varying student levels.
Intermediate Level: Some yoga experience is suggested at this level. Sun salutations are used not only in the warm-up, but to move through standing postures and seated postures as well. Inversions are regularly practiced and more advanced asanas may be introduced. Different options are given to address the varying student levels.
Ashtanga/Mysore class: All levels are welcome in this class, as students practice at their own pace. Instruction is given on an individual basis making this a great class for beginners. All students are encouraged to learn the primary series at a pace suitable for the student's needs.
Hints & Suggestions:
Wear comfortable, loose clothing that is unrestricted for movement.
A towel might be advised as the room is warm and the classes are vigorous.
Avoid eating up to 2 hours prior to class to avoid discomfort.
It is always ideal to have your own mat but we do have mats to borrow the first time and rent for a small fee thereafter.
Please refrain from wearing any perfumes or body scents to class.
History of Ashtanga vinyasa:
The Ashtanga Vinyasa series is said to have its origin in an ancient text called the Yoga korunta, compiled by Vamana Rishi, which Krishnamacharya received from his Guru Rama Mohan Brahmachari at Mount Kailash. There is also evidence that the Ashtanga Vinyasa series incorporates exercises used by Indian wrestlers and British gymnastics.
Krishnamacharya has had considerable influence on many of the modern forms of yoga taught today. Among his students were many notable present-day teachers such as K. Pattabhi Jois, B.K.S. Iyengar, Indra Devi and Krishnamacharya's son T.K.V. Desikachar.
Krishnamacharya was well known for tailoring his teachings to address specific concerns of the person or group he was teaching, and a vinyasa series for adolescents is a result of this. When working under the convalescing Maharaja of Mysore, Krishnamacharya set up a shala, or yoga school, in the palace grounds and adapted the practice outlined in the Yoga Korunta for the young boys who lived there.
Vinyasa has since been thought of as a physically demanding practice, which can be successful at channeling the hyperactivity of young minds. This system can also be used as a vessel for helping calm ongoing chatter of the mind, reducing stress and teaching extroverted personalities to redirect their attention to their internal experience.