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 the class, otherwise you are holding a spot and other people do not get a chance to join. 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 cash 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. 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 practitioners to have an understanding of the fundamentals of the practice; tristana. familiarity with the sequence is recommended but not necessary

ASHTANGA LED    90 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

** please be aware that this class in particular is strictly for beginners

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

MOON DAY CLASSES

MOON DAY MEDITATION AND SATSANG    60 min  |  all levels

 

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 analyzation and allow them to pass, return to your point of focus

Satsang is a Sanskrit word that means 'gathering together for the truth' or, more simply, 'being with the truth’

This is a great time to ask any questions you may have about Yoga theory, philosophy, lifestyle, diet etc. Please keep all your questions that may pop up during the week (maybe write them down if you are afraid to forget them) and ask them during the Satsang. Maybe your question is valid for everyone and it's nice to discuss it in a group. If it's something private you can wait and ask Mark after the Satsang but not after you are done with your Mysore practice; Mark is still teaching other students, please let us avoid disruptions in the Mysore room, thank you!

CHANDRA KRAMA    90 min  |  all levels

If a Moon Day is coming up on a Sunday, instead of the usual Full Primary Led 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

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