Ashtanga Yoga - General Description of the Practice
Ashtanga Yoga is a challenging, vigorous and flowing style of Hatha Yoga. Ashtanga yoga asana, as taught by Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois, is a series of postures which coordinates every movement of the body with the breath and generates a sense of moving meditation. Ujjayi breath (deep nasal breathing), and bandhas (internal muscle “locks” which lead to deeper energetic engagement), support the movement of the body and mind through the prescribed sequence of postures. The practice develops strength, flexibility and awareness of mind and body.
Students learn a set order of postures beginning with Sun Salutations (Suryanamaskara A and B), followed by a sequence of standing poses, seated postures, backbends, and finishing poses. Once learned, students can practice the sequence on their own or with a group led by an instructor.
Ashtanga Yoga Foundations (Introductory): This class will begin with yin poses (meditative, seated stretching) then focus on sun salutations, including proper breath and alignment, standing poses and some seated poses. Class will conclude with a modified finishing sequence and rest.
Ashtanga Yoga Half Primary Series: This class includes sun salutations, standing poses, half of the seated poses, modified finishing sequence and rest.