Yoga Sutras: Sadhana Pada-Part I

October, Sunday 27th
8:00am to 10:00am
Cost: $25

Patanjali in the first chapter of the yoga Sutras gives the definition of yoga as the state of peace that is achieved when our mind gets quiet. With that in mind he opens the second chapter of the yoga Sutras by outlining a set of practices for those with unsteady mind, here Patanjali provides the practical means for concentrating the mind so meditation can occur.

In this class we will explore the first 14 sutras of the second chapter where Patañjali discusses the following concepts; 

  1. Kriya Yoga: includes three set of practices described by Patanjali for steadiness of the mind (YS 2.1-YS 2.2).
  2. The Kleshas or mental afflictions: which are the root of our thoughts (YS 2.3-2-9).
  3. The theory of karma-samskara (action and reaction): the theory of Karma will be throughly analyzed since it is one of the fundamental principles of Yoga (YS 2.12-2-14). 

Based on what we learned during the class we will end with a discussion on why it is important to undertake the practices of yoga and how these practices will affect our lives.


Practicing Wisdom

November, Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th
Cost: $140
From the eight limbs of yoga, the first two: yamas and niyamas are the foundation of yogic thought, ethical guidelines that teach how to skillfully choose thoughts, attitude and actions towards the fulfillment of our lives. The last three limbs of Ashtanga Yoga: Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi are high stages of internal concentration that happens after our senses are disconnected from external stimulation. The three limbs left: asana, pranayama and pratyahara are the limbs where all the obstacles of life get accumulated, therefore we take practices to remove the blockages formed in these three limbs.
In this serie of three workshops we will explore these three limbs and how to put them together to create a correct asana practice that involves pranayama and pratyahara. Guides to support the information will be provided.
Saturday 16th
8:00am to 11:00am: Wisdom to Asana Practice 
There are anatomical actions that are common to all of the asanas, we will simplify the postures and dissect the three most important anatomical parts from which ANY posture can be built.
Saturday 16th
12:00pm to 3:00pm: Wisdom to Pranayama Practice 
The breath happens by itself even when we are not thinking about it, but when we get to understand how important is the rol of the breath within our lives we start to become more conscious about it. We will explore the anatomy of the subtle body by getting familiar with concepts like: prana, nadis, chakras, bandhas, vayus, as well as learn and practice the most important pranayama techniques.
Sunday 17th
12:00pm to 3:00pm: Wisdom to Pratyahara Practice 
In any yoga practice it is important to create an inward movement of the senses so we can pay attention to the internal subtle actions that happens within us while doing asana. We will learn yogic meditation technique, which is different than Buddhist meditation, as well as different internal visualizations that can be use to avoid distractions when practicing postures.

Led Full Primary Series + Pranayama

December, Saturday 14th
8:00am to 11:00am
Cost: $30

IMPORTANT NOTE: This class is intended for students who have a solid foundation in basic standing, and seated asanas up to navasana of the primary series. However, the mastery of full primary series is not a pre-requisite for attending.

In this 3 hours workshop you will be led through all of the postures of the Primary Series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga following the traditional counting in Sanskrit. Led Classes reinforce the proper vinyasa system – the correct way of inhaling and exhaling as we move in and out of each posture. This class is an important complement to a regular Mysore practice. It is an opportunity to ensure that each vinyasa is being learned and practiced correctly and it also increases internal and external strength, discipline and mental focus. All students move as one, creating a strong group energy and inspiring atmosphere within the class.
The class will be followed by a Pranayama practice where Aura will offer a practical, safe and accessible approach to the principal techniques of Pranayama that will enhance your asana practice. Since the mind (Citta) is closely connected to the breath, observing the breath brings consciousness to stillness, allowing for a meditative state to naturally unfold. In this session we will deepen our appreciation of the subtleties of breath and it’s significance in yogic practices and philosophy.


Explore Ashtanga

Ashtanga Yoga is an ancient method of yoga that invites us bring our focus beyond physical postures in order to bring balance to our minds and peace into our lives. At Ashtanga Yoga Long Island we know that this style of yoga might be intimidating to students who are unfamiliar with the lineage.  In an effort to make Ashtanga Yoga accessible to ALL, we are excited to announce our very first Explore Ashtanga Day! 
Join us for a day full of complimentary classes designed to allow every student the freedom to try something new.  Whether you are new to the studio, new to the Ashtanga Yoga lineage, or have been a member of the studio and would like to try a class you have never taken before- this day is for YOU!
All new students will enjoy 10% off of their first class package if purchased same day.
Current students are encouraged to spread the word and invite friends, family and neighbors!
Looking forward to sharing the gift of Ashtanga Yoga with all of you!
Intro to Ashtanga

 2:00pm to 3:15pm

This class is a gentle introduction to the Ashtanga Vinyasa system.  We will learn fundamental concepts including breath, names of postures and how to mindfully make our way from one pose to the next.  Perfect for a true beginner or practicing students that would like to go back to the basics!


Led Half Primary Series
11:30 to 1:00pm
This class is appropriate for students that already practice and have an understanding of the Ashtanga Primary series.  The teacher will guide you at a steady pace through each breath and posture.  This is a great opportunity to form a deeper understanding of the Ashtanga Vinyasa system and a perfect compliment to a steady Mysore practice.
Mysore Class

 8:00am to 11:00am

(door closes at 10:00 am) 
This is a class style unique to Ashtanga Yoga.  Appropriate for ALL levels, students will learn the Ashtanga sequence one pose at a time, at their own pace.  All injuries and limitations are taken into consideration and the teacher will work with you to find modifications and adjustments that meet you where you are.  Students may arrive any time between 8 am and 10 am, allowing at least one hour to complete your practice. No previous knowledge or practice of yoga is required for this class!