New moon on Sunday, April 15th
The Mysore class will be replaced with a workshop on “Alignment in Sun Salutations” (read description below).
Date: Sunday, April 15th.
Time: 8am to 10am.
Cost: $30 in advance.
$35 drop in.
Read about Ashtanga Yoga and moon days below
“Alignment in Sun Salutations”
In Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga it is the tradition to begin our practice with Sun Salutations. In his book Yoga Mala, Pattabhi Jois states: “…The Surya Namaskara, or sun salutations, are necessary to the practice of yoga, as they help gather the strength of the mind in one direction and aid in the attainment of mental focus. Without bringing the mind to a state in which it can push the body through the various stages of yoga practice, say texts of old, students cannot be certain to avoid injuries…”
Sunday, April 15th is New Moon, the morning Mysore class will be replaced with a workshop where the alignment of Surya Namaskar A and B will be explored in detail:
- Relationship between breath and movement in Sun Salutations and its importance for mental focus.
- Important tips to avoid injuries in shoulder and lower back during Sun Salutations.
- Modifying Sun Salutations for different levels of experience.
The workshop will leave you with a safer approach and a stronger foundation of these crucial vinyasa movements.
DESCRIPTION OF THE CLASSES
Intro to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
Duration of the class: 1 hour, 15 minutes
These classes are carefully designed to introduce beginners to this traditional form of Yoga in a safe, supportive way. The student will learn the breathing technique use in the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga method -Ujjayi breath- and will be introduce to the basics postures of the primary series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. This series will be break down in a way that is approachable for all levels, as well as providing modifications appropriate for each individual.
Suitable of all levels.
Duration of the class: Don’t Worry!! This is NOT a 4 hour class!
Most students practice for about 1½ hours which is the amount of time it usually takes to complete a full series. However students who are on a tight schedule, or those who are new to ashtanga yoga often practice a partial series which may only take 30 minutes or so.
The student can arrive at any time between 6am and 10am in the morning time, and between 4pm and 8pm in the evening time and leave whenever necessary, or whenever your own practice is complete.
This is the traditional way to learn the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga method. In this class the postures are given to the student, one by one, by the teacher in a certain sequential order within a group setting, so the student can learn the sequence at their own pace, with direct and individual assistance from the teacher, which allow the student to progress in the practice at an appropriate rate for their own ability, both physically and mentally. This class is for students of all levels and is an excellent opportunity to develop a personal, independent practice.
Led half primary series of ashtanga vinyasa yoga
Suitable for all levels.
Duration of the class: 1 hour, 30 minutes
This class will cover some of the postures in the first half of the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series in a way that is appropriate for all levels. Though, if you have never try any yoga before we encourage to join to our Intro to Ashtanga Yoga class previously.
Each class will include sun salutations, standing postures, several seated postures, an introduction to back bending, and the full closing sequence.
Click on the image below to see the postures
Led full primary series of ashtanga vinyasa yoga
This is an advanced class. Previous experience with Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series is strongly recommended.
Duration of the class: 1 hour, 45 minutes
In this challenging class the student will be led through the entire primary series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga (Yoga Chikitsa).
Posture names and vinyasa counts will be given in Sanskrit, accompanied by helpful tips and explanations. This class is appropriate for students wanting to improve and grow in their Ashtanga Yoga practice.
Click on the image below to see the postures
“Like all things of a watery nature (human beings are about 70% water), we are affected by the phases of the moon. The phases of the moon are determined by the moon’s relative position to the sun. Full moons occur when they are in opposition and new moons when they are in conjunction. Both sun and moon exert a gravitational pull on the earth. Their relative positions create different energetic experiences that can be compared to the breath cycle.
The full moon energy corresponds to the end of inhalation when the force of prana is greatest. This is an expansive, upward moving force that makes us feel energetic and emotional, but not well grounded. The Upanishads state that the main prana lives in the head. During the full moon we tend to be more headstrong. The new moon energy corresponds to the end of exhalation when the force of apana is greatest. Apana is a contracting, downward moving force that makes us feel calm and grounded, but dense and disinclined towards physical exertion.
The Farmers Almanac recommends planting seeds at the new moon when the rooting force is strongest and transplanting at the full moon when the flowering force is strongest. Practicing Ashtanga Yoga over time makes us more attuned to natural cycles. Observing moon days is one way to recognize and honor the rhythms of nature so we can live in greater harmony with it.”
Full moon: Monday 1st
New moon: Tuesday 16th
Full moon: Wednesday 31st
New moon: Thursday 15th
Full moon: Thursday 1st
New moon: Saturday 17th
Full Moon: Saturday 31st
New moon: Sunday 15th
Full moon: Sunday 29th
New moon: Tuesday 15th
Full moon: Tuesday 29th
New moon: Wednesday 13th
Full moon: Thursday 28th
New moon: Thursday 12th
Full moon: Friday 27th
New moon: Saturday 11th
Full moon: Sunday 26th
New moon: Sunday 9th
Full moon: Monday 24th
New moon: Monday 8th
Full moon: Wednesday 24th
New moon: Wednesday 7th
Full moon: Friday 23rd
New moon: Friday 7th
Full moon: Saturday 22nd