New Class Style: Ashtanga Mysore

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Ashtanga Yoga (often also called Power Yoga) was first developed by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and is an aerobic, muscle-shaping, mind-sculpting, physically demanding workout. Students move through a series of flows, moving from one posture to another to build strength, flexibility, and stamina. Room temperatures are often set high to promote detoxification through increased perspiration. Ashtanga often appeals to athletes and those who enjoy high-energy exercise.

Mysore is open to all levels, from absolute beginners to more experienced students. The class is NOT led and all instruction is given on an individual basis. As you gain strength, stamina, flexibility and focus, poses will be added on to your sequence.

THE FORMAT OF THE PRACTICE ALWAYS REMAINS THE SAME. One always begins practice with Surya Namaskar, concludes with Padmasana and rest, and the various asanas gradually fill the space between these two poles.

YOU CAN SHOW UP ANYTIME BETWEEN 11:00am & NOON AFTER WHICH WE WILL CLOSE THE STUDIO DOORS. This way you will have enough time to finish your full practice by 1:30pm. If you are new to the Ashtanga Method, we will ask you to come at the 11:00am to get the full tutorial.

YOU CAN DEVELOP YOUR MEDITAITON PRACTICE BY FOLLOWING YOUR OWN BREATH. Ashtanga is intended to be a moving meditation. Led classes are a fantastic way to learn about the breath and the vinyasa, but Mysore-style is where you follow your own beath and deepen your focus and meditation skills.

YOU GET INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION. In any type of yoga we come across poses or aspects of the practice that are difficult and challenging. In a led class you may just skim over a difficult pose, but in Mysore style, you have the chance to work one-on-one with a trained teacher. Most people feel this individual attention helps their practice soar.

Learning yoga in this traditional manner benefits the student on many levels. It is possible for one to gain independence and confidence in their sadhana (spiritual practice), as well, something truly becomes on’e own when they learn it by heart.

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