- Schedule times are New York summer time (March 11th-November 7th) Schedule.
- If you have no Ashtanga Yoga experience, please join Ashtanga Foundation class first.
- Pleases don’t eat anything before morning class, and 4 hours before night class.
Ashtanga Yoga is a traditional style of Yoga practice passed on from Tirumalai Krishnamacharya through K. Pattabhi Jois and now to R. Sharath Jois, in Mysore India. The word ‘Ashtanga Yoga’ is originally from <Patanjali’ s Yoga Sutras>, in Sanskrit Ashtanga means 8 limbs. So Ashtanga Yoga is ‘eight limbs of yoga’. In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, he defined the 8 limbs as yama (abstinence), niyama (observance), asana (posture), pranayama (breath), pratyahara (withdrawal), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation) and samadhi (absorption).
There are totally 6 series of the asana practice. The sequence is consistent. The practice of asanas begin with Surya Namaskara A and B, followed by standing sequence, seating sequence, and closing with a finishing sequence. There is no break during practice; do not drink water and do not wipe the sweat during practice, unless the practitioner has a special reason. Breathe with sound and breathe with the movements. Listen to your breathing and concentrate on each asana’s particular gazing point during practice.
Two types of Ashtanga Practice
Mysore Style and Led Class
Mysore Style of asana practice is the traditional way of Ashtanga Yoga practice. In Mysore Class, the teacher will instruct students one-on-one, give asanas one by one in the sequential order according to their ability. Every student has their own practice.
Unlike Mysore class, Led Class is a group practice guided by the teacher’s counting. The traditional Led Class is counted in Sanskrit and English. Students with no Ashtanga Yoga practice experience are not encouraged to attend this class directly, but beginner students can follow up until the asana they have been given in Mysore class. Anyone can join to watch Led Class or participate in Surya Namaskar and some of the finishing sequence.
60 min beginner led class.
Half Primary Led Class
75 min class practice up to Navasana of the Primary Series.
Full Primary Led Class
90 min class of the full Primary Series.
Pranayama and Meditation
Deep and focused breathing practice with 10 min quite seating meditation at the end of class.
This is a special small group extra lesson for those who are new to ashtanga yoga practice. Students with a times pass or 2 times trial lesson can attend this class once. Free pass students can attend this class 2 or 3 times.
1) Basic breathing method
2) Sun salutation A, B
3) Simplified finishing sequence
4) Basic rules and key points of ashtanga practice
5) Sanskrit number pronunciation
6) Opening and closing mantra reading and explanation
An open time will be decided later based on the participants preferences. Each class is one hour.
Reading & Communication (in Mandarin)
To deepen the daily yoga practice, we will read classical yoga texts for 20~30 mins and answer students questions. From September, we are going to start with Patanjiali’s Yoga Sutras.
Due to the request of many Chinese students, this class will be in Mandarin Chinese, but everybody is welcome to join. You can join to read the sutras together and ask questions. Also I will post the study content on my homepage blog with English, Japanese and Chinese explanations.