Description of Classes
Ashtanga yoga is learned in what’s called a “Mysore Style” class where you develop an individualized practice with the support and guidance of a teacher who, if certified, has spent decades steeped in the tradition and engaged in serious practice. This was the teaching method of late Yoga master Sri K Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, South India, hence the source of the name “Mysore Style”. In a Mysore style class you memorize the Ashtanga sequences by learning one posture at a time in a manner similar to learning a traditional chanting or music practice in India. As you repeat and master the postures within the given sequences, you gradually increase your knowledge and create an independent, mature personal practice.
Led Primary Series
In this class you will be guided through the full primary series. This is a traditionally counted Primary Series class. If you have not learned the full primary series sequence you will practice up to the pose you have learned in the Mysore room. If you are new to Ashtanga and don’t know the sequence the teacher will stop you at an appropriate pose.
Introduction to Ashtanga Course
This class will introduce you to the mysore style class, the traditional, individualized method that characterizes Ashtanga yoga. This is a month long 5 days a week intro to Ashtanga that will provide you with a serious, fun, and safe environment to make a significant beginning in Ashtanga yoga. By learning one posture at a time, you’ll memorize the sequence of postures that make up the introductory or primary series. As you become skilled in performing a posture you’ll be taught the next posture in the sequence. Day by day, posture by posture, through concentration and repetition you will gradually learn the asana’s and transitions that make up Ashtanga’s first series. By attending class in the daily intensive setting, you’ll quickly become comfortable with the mysore style learning format and you’ll see how effective the method can be in helping you create a personal practice. This course will prepare you to participate in the ongoing mysore program at AYSP. Class is limited to five students. Check EVENTS page for starting dates!
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