CLASSES

You can sign up for a class via the schedule on our homepage! You can reserve your mat weeks in advance - just remember to cancel your reservation if you know you will not be able to attend. To join a class you have to register on EVERSPORTS and to reserve a mat you simply click book now! When you click to book you will be redirected to pay, please do so as we do not accept payments at the studio. Please make sure to reserve your spot beforehand. We wish to create a stress free space with enough time to settle in and to get to know each other, that's why we insist on online bookings and payments only, thank you! 

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.

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 practitioners to have an understanding of the fundamentals of the practice; tristana. Familiarity with the sequence is recommended but not necessary

 

 

 

NEW TO ASHTANGA    90 min  |  beginners

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.

** This 1:1 private intro. class is only available for booking with the AV - Monthly Membership or Introductory Week Pass

HALF PRIMARY LED + MONTHLY YOGA TALKS    90 min + 60 min  |  all levels

The half primary series led class includes the first part of the sequence of postures of the Ashtanga Primary Series, until Navasana.

 

Mark will explore various topics related to yoga and philosophy. This is a great time to ask any questions you may have about yoga theory, philosophy, lifestyle, diet etc. Maybe your question is valid for everyone and it's nice to discuss it in a group. If you prefer to discuss your question in private then you can book a consultation with either Mark or Jessica.

 

 

 

NEW MOON CIRCLE    75 min  |  all levels

The New Moon, perfectly positioned between the Earth and the Sun, is the prime starting point of all manifestation. The dark sky represents a blank canvas on which we can create our deepest wishes. In this emptiness, there is a sense of limitless possibility. The New Moon is the time to plant seeds, set positive intentions and manifest your deepest desires.

FULL MOON WOMEN'S CIRCLE    75 min  |  all levels

Gathering women in a safe + sacred space I create to raise our vibration and find that state of peace, love, clarity, forgiveness and compassion. Together, we balance energy of the chakras, we empower each other and enter into spirituality. Together we create Magic.

During the circle, we allow ourselves to be fully and completely who we are. We free our mind, feel our body, connect with our soul. We embody our feminine nature rather than deny it. While we focus on the breath, on gratitude, on setting intentions, we get into a space beyond the mind. A space where we can let down our masks, our fears, our struggles and receive deep Love. We experience the truth of Oneness.

The higher intention of Women’s Circles is to help women to fully embrace their divine feminine essence. In the Circles I create, women allow themselves to be completely free, to let go of any tension and no negative energy can enter the circle. The energy we create as a whole makes us raise ourselves to a state of awareness and Oneness with the Universe, Spirit, Divine and the Goddess inside of us.

MONTHLY YOGA NIDRA    60 min  |  all levels

Yoga Nidra or ''Yogic Sleep" refers to the conscious awareness of the deep sleep state. It is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness. The practice of Yoga Nidra is as ancient as Yoga postures. It was developed by ancient sages as a science and practice to reach one's optimal human and spiritual potential. Yoga Nidra is practiced in Savasana, ''corpse pose''. It is not a concentration technique, you simply have to follow the verbal instructions of the teacher. The practice is composed of a structured series of breath, body and awareness techniques which progressively drop you into deeper brainwaves where your thoughts effortlessly move further away from you. 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. However, Yoga Nidra is a great technique to prepare the mind for meditation and like meditation, Yoga Nidra can be used for medical, restorative and spiritual benefits alike to support one’s own goals and intentions.

At our shala you will find that some of our teachers are trained in the I AM Yoga Nidra method and others in the iRest method. The Integrative Amrit Method of Yoga Nidra (I AM Yoga Nidra) is based on the teachings of Gurudev Shri Amritji and crafted into a practical, modern training methodology by his daugher, Yogacharya Kamini Desai, PhD. The IAM method focuses primarily on quieting the mind and boosting the energy flow in the body (prana). This released energy in the body increases the healing potential available during yoga nidra and typically takes practitioners into deeper states of meditation more quickly.

 

iRest was developed by Dr. Richard Miller, a spiritual teacher, author, yogic scholar, researcher and clinical psychologist, who combined traditional yogic practice with Western psychology and neuroscience. The iRest method is based on the ancient tradition of Yoga Nidra and adapted to suit the conditions of modern life. It is designed to support a person's healthy defenses and conditioning and to allow practitioners to uncover and integrate challenging material and experiences at their own pace and in their own time. The iRest method is practiced and taught worldwide in a number of different organizations that support well-being.

   

We recommend you read the websites of amrityoga.org and irest.org. for more details. Click the following link for some more information on Yoga Nidra

MONTHLY KIRTAN    90 min  |  all levels

“Kirtan is the glue that bonds our hearts together.” That’s a quote from kirtan artist David Newman, who observes that chanting as a group brings people together as a community; “I always feel very close to the people I’m chanting with, even if I’ve never met them before.”

Kirtan means “to praise that which is exalted”—aka, the divine. The word “kirtan” also stems from a Sanskrit root that means “to cut through,” one can see kirtan as also “a practice for cutting through the idea of separation, for connecting to our hearts and connecting to the moment through sound.” Each chant revolves around a particular mantra— “a sacred sound formula that has a specific focus and energy.” These mantras often feature the names of the myriad gods and goddesses that were identified by the ancient rishis (or seers) in Vedic times.

The literal translation of the word “mantra,” is “to guide and protect the mind.” But you could also say, “to guide the consciousness away from excessive thoughts.” Mantra helps to guide your awareness to a place that is quiet and still.

CHANDRA KRAMA: THE MOON SEQUENCE    90 min  |  all levels

This class takes place if the moon day is on a Sunday; instead of the usual Led class, 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 repetitive 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.

108 SUN SALUTATIONS    120 min  |  all levels

This class takes place on the days of the Winter and Summer Solstice, and the Spring and Fall Equinox

 

Sun Salutations can be practiced any time and with any frequency. Traditionally, practicing 108 Sun Salutations is reserved for the change of the seasons (the Winter and Summer Solstice, and the Spring and Fall Equinox)

 

What Is the Significance of 108?

The number 108 is sacred and significant in many ways, appearing in many disciplines from astronomy to yoga:

*   The number 108 appears in ancient, sacred texts. For example, there are 108 Upanishads and 108 Tantras

*   In numerology, 108 equals 9, which symbolizes universal love, eternity and awakening

*   In Ayurveda, there are 108 sacred points on the body

*   In astronomy, the distance between the Sun and Earth is roughly 108 times the Sun’s diameter

*   Mala bead necklaces have 108 beads, which are used to count during meditation

Internal Heat
It is believed that the fire (internal heat) that you build during this practice is cleansing, detoxifying, and gets you more in touch with yourself.

Move Energy
Sun Salutations heat the body and activate Prana, or upward energy. You’ve probably heard in yoga classes that the active parts of class help create and move energy and stuck emotions. The slower parts of class (like hip openers and reclined poses) help release energy and emotions that no longer serve you.

Surrender
During 108 Sun Salutations, you will at some point think, “Why did I sign up for this?” If you keep going, you will find a state of ease, and even a sense of flow. You will surrender to the process, acknowledge what arises emotionally, and then let it go. When you finish, you will feel lighter and find meaning in this ancient ritual.

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