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“The whole basis of proper breathing is to ensure a perfect state of mind.”
~ Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
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We offer a personalized approach to traditional yoga. Our yoga classes include alignment, vinyāsa, breathing, chanting, meditation & philosophy.
WHAT IS ASHTĀNGA YOGA?
Ashtānga Yoga is the original source of modern-day vinyāsa yoga coming to us from the teachings of Sri T. Krishnamacharya and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. The practice synchronizes breath with movement to develop strength, flexibility, concentration and to improve overall health of body, mind & spirit. When approached mindfully while focusing on breath, movement, alignment & core, everybody can effectively & safely enjoy the many benefits that Ashtānga Yoga offers. Click here to learn more about Ashtānga Yoga »
LED ASHTĀNGA YOGA
Experience practicing the complete Ashtānga Yoga Primary Series. while being guided through each posture & vinyāsa in the traditional manner. With a steady pace, the synchronization of each breath & movement is clearly enumerated along with Sanskrit counting & posture names. This practice combines stamina, strength, flexibility, flow & focus opening you to new dimensions of your body, breath & spirit. Proficiency in yoga and a more than moderate level of physical aptitude is recommended.
MYSORE ASHTĀNGA YOGA
Personal One-on-One Instruction: Whether you are completely new to yoga or are an experienced practitioner, the personal instruction provided in the Mysore style class offers the greatest potential for learning, practicing & progressing in yoga.
Mysore Ashtānga Yoga - About the Class: Mysore style functions differently than other yoga classes. Students are instructed one-on-one and at a pace according to personal ability. This ensures a safe, effective & enjoyable experience of Ashtānga Yoga, while maximizing the benefits you receive & the progress you make in yoga. If you have an interest in or question about Mysore, please Call or Email to discuss. We would be happy to answer your questions & to further explain the Mysore style process to you.
KIDS ONLY LED CLASS
This is a straightforward presentation of the Ashtānga Yoga practice tailored especially for teens and children of any age who are serious about learning & practicing yoga. For ages 12 and up.
”If we practice Āsanas for a long time, then Prāṇāyāma will come easily; if we practice Prāṇāyāma for a long time, then meditation (Dhyāna) will come easily.” – Guruji, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
Breathing is the most important component of any good yoga practice. Whether our goal is better postures, better health, more emotional peace, a healthier back or simply just to become enlightened, diving deeper into our breathing processes is the best way to quicken our success. No late entry.
SILENT MEDITATION – DHYĀNA
This is a time to sit silently while using the Ashtānga Yoga fundamentals to look inside with more skill, depth & clarity. Meditation practice is founded upon the same Tristhāna as in our āsana practice: Breathing, Posture & Gazing (dṛṣṭi). These three pillars form our anchors to the present & the real. In our meditation practice, we simply turn to the same practice we already know: sit straight, open our energies & maintain equanimity of mind. The only difference is that we only do one āsana! An Ashtānga based meditation practice not only greatly improves our āsana practice, it also causes us to feel more grounded and to experience greater mental clarity. It is an invaluable adjunct to our yoga repertoire.
You are invited to also silently include any chanting or prāṇāyāma practices that you may already know. This will help you remain present during your sit.
Please feel free to arrive any time according to how long you are comfortable sitting.
Chanting awakens our vitality while bringing depth to our yoga practice. It is both a meditative breathing practice as well as a solid foundation for the study of yoga philosophy. Unlike āsana practice, chanting, prāṇāyāma, meditation & philosophy continue to improve with age. No experience necessary - all are welcome!
A Chanting & Philosophy class: Gathering together, we shed light on the vast practices & philosophies of yoga stemming from the Indian culture of seeking Truth. We cover a wide range of topics including Yoga Sūtras, Bhagavad Gītā, Sanskrit writing & grammar, and many many other yoga related topics. Please see our workbooks, Sanskrit & Chanting » ◆ No experience necessary - all are welcome!
BHAGAVAD GĪTĀ: Thursdays 5:30 – 6:45 PM (PDT)
The Bhagavad Gītā is an important text on yoga. It addresses issues commonly faced by all of us. How do we find our way amidst the discrepancies that lie between expectations, responsibilities & personal choice? The Gītā sheds light on this as well as many other aspects of life & the nature of creation. How do we understand the opportunities presented to us in a way that gives us the inspiration to act with our full faculties, live a fulfilling life & evolve in our humanity? Replays of past discussions can be found on Youtube & Podcast.