TRADITIONAL ASHTANGA CLASSES
Ashtanga is a physical form of yoga which synchronizes breath and movement through a precise sequence of postures called the primary series. The intention of the practice is to cleanse, stretch and strengthen the body, as well as focus and calm the mind. All ashtanga classes at AYR move through the Primary Series at various levels so there is an appropriate pace for each level of practitioner:
Level 1 & 1/2: detailed instruction; attention to alignment and modifications given
Level 2 & 2/3: less verbal instruction, more attention to moving seamlessly with the breath
Intro to Ashtanga (level 1) 8 week series for beginners or students new to ashtanga. Recommended as the best option for getting started in Ashtanga. Registration Required.
Ashtanga Prep (level 1/2 & level 2) Half Primary Series with emphasis on proper alignment and detail of the standing sequence and first half of the seated postures. Introduction to more challenging postures and inversions in level 2 class.
Ashtanga Elements (multi-level) Deepen your awareness within the Primary Series on an anatomical, energetic, and philosophical level. Through prop-based investigations, discover healthy ways of moving more fully into asanas (postures) while developing an understanding of the simple mechanics that are the basis for a strong, sustainable practice.
Mysore (multi- levels) This is NOT a led class. Students must commit to one month of practice to begin. Detailed information on Mysore Practice >
Full Primary Series (level 2/3) Flow through the entire Primary Series taught in the traditional sanskrit counted vinyasa.
Intro to Second Series (level 2/3) Exploration of Second Series; appropriate for students with an established Primary Series or Vinyasa practice. Not suitable for beginners.
VINYASA BASED CLASSES
Level 1: Beginner
Level 1/2: Beginner/Intermediate
Level 2: Intermediate/Advanced
Ashtanga Improv A unique blend of Vinyasa Yoga, utilizing the fundamentals of the Ashtanga Practice.
Prana Flow An energetic, creative, full-specturm approach to embodying the flow of Vinyasa yoga.
Tantric Vinyasa An energetic, continuous flow of movement that weaves together the science of tantric yoga: Asana, Pranayama, Meditation, and Mantra. The goal of Tantra is to overcome limitations both in the spiritual realm and in daily life through a systematic approach which creates balance and purpose in your life and practice.
Vinyasa An invigorating and dynamic style of practice in which breath and movement are linked in a flowing sequence to create heat, flexibility, strength, and awareness.
Vinyasa Fundamentals An ongoing class for students new to yoga or students wanting to learn the fundamental principles of vinyasa yoga. Recommended for beginners.
- Ashtanga is a physical practice, please bring a towel to class and clean your mat often.
- Practice on an empty stomach; 3-4 hours after a large meal or 1 hour after a light snack.