This class is suitable to all students regardless of their level or experience in yoga. This class moves at a slower pace as students begin to develop their asana practice. Fundamentals and alignment in postures, as well as breathing and meditation techniques are practiced allowing students to gain an understanding of Ashtanga Vinyasa, Vinyasa Krama Yoga and Yoga.
Level 1 & Level 1-2
Each Level is designed to prepare you for the next level. Classes increase in difficulty and offers deeper work in your practice, while still maintaining the framework and the dynamic flow of Ashtanga Vinyasa and Vinyasa Krama Yoga. We encourage you to find the class level that works best for you.
Primary Series Level 2
Historically referred to as Half Primary Series, in this brisk and invigorating vinyasa class we will practice poses, in a flowing manner, as they are set in the series, taking the time to learn the deeper postures when needed. This class will allow students to deepen their knowledge of the series and will also help prepare anyone interested in joining the Mysore program.
Primary Series Level 3
This is it folks! The Primary Series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is the progenitor of all Vinyasa styles classes. In this invigorating class, students are guided through the traditional sequence of the Primary Series, from sun salutations through standing, seated postures, to back bends and closing postures in a flowing manner. Come! Discover for yourself the sophistication and simplicity of this style of practice. Students are required to bring a willingness to have fun and to flow Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga style.
Mysore classes are a great way to work on your practice, gain a greater understanding of the Ashtanga Vinyasa system, Yoga and yourself. The Mysore style of yoga asana practice is a particular way of teaching yoga within the Ashtanga tradition as taught by Sri K Pattabhi Jois and now carried on through the lineage holder R.Sharth Jois, in the southern Indian city of Mysore. There are some differences in this method from the usual modern way in which yoga is taught:
▪ the class is not “led” as a whole but rather all instruction is one-on-one within the group class setting
▪ students practice their own portion of the Ashtanga sequence of postures at their own pace
▪ the teacher assists each student individually by giving physical adjustments & verbal instruction. This is in comparison to generic cues and instructions that one may receive in a led class.
In Mysore classes, students learn the fixed order of postures using the Vinyasa system, where breath and movement are linked together. In the Ashtanga sequence, each posture builds from the previous and prepares for the next posture in the series. However, some postures may also act as counter poses for the previous posture practiced.
Students are given their yoga practice according to their ability. Newer and more beginning students tend to have a much shorter practice than those with more experience. As one gains more strength, stamina, flexibility and concentration, additional postures are given to the student. The appreciation and gratitude of the word “given” comes from how the practice is taught in India, where a yoga practice is something that a teacher gives to a student as a spiritual practice, a way to enhance ones life. This is in comparison to learning a lot of postures at once in a typical modern class.
Mysore classes are structured classes and the structure of the class depends on the teacher being able to keep track of what each student is doing. If a student has trouble with a particular asana, the teacher can offer a modification or work for a posture that is consistent with the intention of the practice.
Because of the dedication required for the mysore program, we have made the program available only to monthly and annual members. You can find out about our amazing membership program here.