Intro to Half Primary Series
Our Led Half-Primary Series is a modified version of the full Ashtanga Primary Series. In this class, we will move through Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskara A and B), the standing postures, half of the seated postures, and the finishing sequence. Once we get to seated series, there is a vinyasa between each pose. Vinyasas are optional; you may choose to skip them between sides. Initially, completing a vinyasa between each pose may be challenging, but in time, you will notice how much strength and stamina you gain in your practice through doing them.
Mysore Style is an open practice time, meaning you may come and start your practice anytime between the scheduled hours. Simply leave enough time to finish your practice before the scheduled hours end. Ashtanga is intended to be a moving meditation. Taking a led class is a wonderful way to learn about the breath and the vinyasa, but Mysore-style is where you follow your own breath and deepen your focus and meditation skills. Mysore class is a wonderful way for individuals at different levels of experience to practice together.
Open to all levels! Just like Ashtanga yoga, in this vinyasa class each movement is synchronized to a breath, acting as an anchor as you move from one pose to the next. The continual movement gives you an added cardiovascular benefit. A basic understanding of the vinyasa flow is recommended but not required. Instructors will guide you during class, offering suggestions on modifications for beginners and advanced students. This class is performed in a non-heated room and is typically 1 hour and 15 minutes long. All levels are encouraged.
Inspired by the work of guru B.K.S. Iyengar, this class focuses heavily on proper body alignment and controlled movement. Like Ashtanga, this class is also intended to calm the mind, and while doing that it also focuses on cleansing the internal body and helping the organs do their jobs. This class warms the body with slow vinyasa (movement) with plenty of opportunity to adapt poses to your specific needs. We’ll use props to explore deeper levels of flexibility and we’ll use the breath to build strength and muscular endurance. This is an intermediate-level class for those willing to hold poses and learn technical skills.
Dharma Yoga is a graceful, yet challenging form of yoga based on Sri Dharma Mittra’s almost fifty years of practice of classical yoga. It has roots in all nine forms of yoga, including Hatha, Raja, Karma, Kriya, Bhakti, Japa, Laya and Jnana, as well as a focus on the Eight Limbs of Yoga (Ashtanga Yoga) with great emphasis placed on Yama and Niyama. The practice is appropriate for students of all levels, from beginner to lifelong practitioners and accessible to so many because it meets each student where they are and according to their condition. As students move through the different series, they are encouraged to go deeper and experience the practice in a meditative and spiritual way. It is a devotional practice that emphasizes good health, a clear mind and a kind heart. The method weaves together many teachings in order to bring all students closer to the goal of Self-realization.
Each Friday, teachers will rotate to teach a foundations class based on their style of yoga. Come join us to round out your own practice and try new forms of yoga!