ashtanga yoga is a vigorous, flowing style of yoga developed in the 20th century. founded by krishnamacharya and popularized by sri k. pattabhi jois, founder of the ashtanga yoga research institute in mysore, india, this method has been passed to thousands of students, including our teacher for the day, ross stambaugh! ashtanga involves synchronizing breath with progressive and continuous postures, which produces internal heat while detoxifying the body. it builds strength, flexibility, and stamina, while calming the mind and improving overall health.
ashtanga yoga literally means "eight-limbed yoga," as outlined by the sage patanjali in the yoga sutras. according to patanjali, the path of internal purification for revealing the universal self consists of the following eight spiritual practices: yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and samadhi.
full ashtanga primary series
join us as ross takes over our high energy sunday morning flow for a 90-minute ashtanga primary series practice! the room will be heated to 85 degrees as this practice is known for building internal heat quickly and will be counted traditionally in sanskrit, so if you don't want to spend the money flying to india to learn the count, this is the next best thing! you don't need to know all the poses, but to get a feel for what you're getting into before you start, ask tori for a hand out and take the plunge! you won't regret it!
sutras, chants, and the rhythm of yoga as a living culture
in this workshop students will learn the ever so simple learning style of "call and response" to gather information about traditional yoga. just as it sounds, the teacher says something, student responds (or repeats back). this method will be taught the same way it is still taught in India today!
drop-in/class pass eligible
better your backbends
backbends can be fearfully frustrating even for the best of 'em. this workshop will showcase backbends found in the primary and second series of ashtanga yoga and break them down. learn how to work with what you got to get where you want!