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ASHTANGA MYSORE | all levels
Best described as a self practice in a group setting, Mysore style is the traditional way that the Ashtanga system of yoga is learned. Students come to class and practice the Ashtanga series at their own pace, level and capacity with the individual support from teachers and the energy of a group practice. This self practice method allows the student to work at their own pace while still receiving individual adjustments and personal attention from the teacher. The instructor teaches the postures to each student, making unique recommendations based on individual needs. Postures are given one by one, time is taken to master each posture before progressing to the next. Mysore classes help students to develop a consistent self practice. This class is open to everyone and is appropriate for both beginner and advanced students. It is recommended but not necessary that you participate in a led Ashtanga class before joining the Mysore style class in order to familiarise yourself with the sequence
ASHTANGA FULL PRIMARY 90 min + | experienced
A full primary series led class includes Sanskrit vinyasa count and naming of asanas. You are expected to know the series before attending the class. You will learn the sequence in the correct order with the correct vinyasa
** experienced does not mean advanced! by experienced we mean that we expect practictioners to have an understanding of the fundamentals of the practice; tristana. familiarity with the sequence is recommended but not necessary
ASHTANGA LED 75 min | beginners & all levels
A beginners class is a chance to learn the fundamental poses in the Ashtanga Yoga sequence. Here you are introduced to the order of the poses, coordinating breath with movement, and how to use your breath and internal muscles to find alignment in your body. In a beginners class you discover what your body is capable of, the quality of your breath and the quality of your concentration. You begin to build a relationship with your body, breath and mind
CHANDRA KRAMA 90 min | all levels
If a Moon day happens to fall on a Sunday, instead of Led Full Primary Mark will teach Chandra Krama: The Moon Sequence by Matthew Sweeney
In practicing Ashtanga Yoga your attention will gradually move from gross to subtle. You will tend to feel the physical aspects of your body first, and then eventually, with ongoing practice, feel the more subtle aspects of your body.
The slower you move, all the way to sitting still in meditation, the more subtle is your awareness. The faster you move, the more gross your awareness. However, when doing a faster Vinyasa practice you move energy and tend to release physical blockages more readily. This leads to greater ease in the body.
A balance to the demands of the Surya based Ashtanga is to regularly practice meditation and to practice a softer, gentler Asana practice from time to time. I consider Chandra Krama (or something like it) to be essential for all Ashtanga practitioners, men and women. This sequence will help you rebalance energetically, psychologically and physically. In particular, as over 80% of Ashtangis are women, the need for a sequence that is focused on menstruation, ovulation and the phases of the moon is absolutely necessary.
The Moon Sequence takes pressure off the shoulders and upper body (evidence of the Rajasic elements of the Ashtanga practice) particularly for students who work too much, or too soon on the jump throughs and jump backs. It places more emphasis on the lower body, the hips, and a soft and stable abdomen.
The heating basis of Ashtanga Yoga, in conjunction with the attempt to practice six days per week is inappropriate for most women. It may also be inappropriate for many men, at least long term. This may be a hard thing for some practitioners to accept, nevertheless it is true. Two hours of Ashtanga Yoga, six days per week can cause too much weight loss and can also aggravate joint stability due to repetitious strain. For women, excessive practice can disrupt your menstrual cycle and can add to difficulty having children. Even if the latter is not what you want, an intensive Asana practice without a sequence like Chandra Krama will usually lead to some kind of imbalance, physically or otherwise.
The Moon Sequence is intended to help awareness of the cycles of the Moon and encourage your intuitive faculty. It is not intended to entirely replace your Ashtanga practice, or any other practice for that matter, rather to enhance and balance your weekly routine.
RELAX & RESTORE 75 min | all levels
Relax & Restore classes are a combination of Yoga Nidra and Restorative Yoga
Restorative Yoga encompasses several sub-styles of relaxation and healing based Hatha Yoga practices
The Purpose of Restorative Yoga:
To support the body with props providing active relaxation
To alternately stimulate and relax the body toward balance
To create muscular release, not the sensation of a stretch
Mechanisms of Restorative Yoga:
Relieves the effects of stress through supported relaxation
Moves the spine in all directions
Balances the energies of prana (upward energy) and apana (downward energy)
Moving slowly through the poses allows you to explore your mind and body at a steady and natural tempo. The slower pace and deep breathing triggers the parasympathetic nervous system; enhancing homeostasis, a state of mental equilibrium obtained when tension or a drive has been reduced or eliminated
The comfortable pace of a restorative yoga class opens the doorway to a deeper understanding of your own body, letting you actually feel what it means to be in your body. Sadly, many people aren’t intimate with their own bodies. Through a restorative yoga practice deep levels of one's physical being can be explored and embraced. The passive quality of a restorative yoga class often helps you draw attention inward and away from external events and situations of the world. With your awareness directed within, the practice becomes a sanctuary for the mind and spirit from which you can take a deeper look at who you are, what you want, and how you can serve the world. Restorative yoga opens us up to new levels of self exploration and contemplation, allowing your inner being to shine forth
Yoga Nidra or ''Yogic Sleep" refers to the conscious awareness of the deep sleep state, referred to as prajna in Mandukya Upanishad. It is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness. Yoga Nidra is practiced in Savasana, ''corpse pose''. It's not a concentration technique, you just have to follow the verbal instructions of the teacher. The practice includes breath awareness, body awareness; rotation of consciousness and visualization. These techniques help to maintain awareness while going deeper in the level of relaxation. The practitioner is in a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, it is a state in which the body is completely relaxed and the senses are withdrawn, only the hearing still connects to the verbal instructions of the teacher. This is different from meditation in which concentration on a single focus is required. It's a great technique to prepare the mind for meditation
A few words on meditation.. There is a myth that when you sit down you should be able to quiet your mind. The mind generates thousands of thoughts per second. Let's be realistic here. When you sit down quietly and turn your focus inward, you become very aware of what is going on in the back of your mind. A lot of chatter and plenty of distractions to choose from. The key is patience. Keep going back to your point of focus, may it be your breath, a mantra or a specific gazing point. Do not evaluate or react to your thoughts. Allow them to arise, acknowledge them without analysation and allow them to pass, return to your point of focus