Learn about or dive deeper into the traditional practice of Ashtanga Yoga in safe and fun way. We will discuss Ashtanga Yoga as described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and furthermore, explore the four techniques of the Ashtanga Vinyasa method. The goal of this mini-workshop is for students to gain a sense of this ancient practice and allow them to transition safely to the Mysore* style classes.
Barbara’s first contact with Ashtanga Yoga was in 2001 and with time and some experience, cultivating a sattvic lifestyle and consistent practice became cornerstones of her life. The Ashtanga yoga system is complex and has incredible power to transform and Barbara has studied this method at the feet of an experienced teacher (paramparā). Certified, senior Ashtanga yoga teacher and lineage holder Annie Pace took her in as her apprentice and her studies with are on-going. Additionally, Barbara has completed four trips to Mysore, India where she studies traditional Hindustani music and Eastern philosophy with her teachers, as well as asana with Saraswathi Jois at the Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore. Barbara also holds an RYT-500 Yoga Alliance certification.
*Mysore style classes are not suitable for drop-ins and commitment of one month is required.
Mysore style practice is the classical method of learning traditional Ashtanga Yoga and quite different from other yoga classes. Named after the place it originates from in Southern India, poses are given slowly to the student one-by-one, meeting each practitioner exactly where they are. Only when the posture is mastered and the teacher sees the student fit to continue, will she/he be granted the next posture. Mysore style classes allow newer students to slowly build strength, stamina and gain confidence in establishing their practice. Seasoned practitioners have the opportunity for endless refinement through hands-on-adjustments. Ashtanga Yoga is a rigorous physical practice and students will be moved on slowly so they can adjust to the intense level of breathing and moving in a safe way. Traditionally, the prescribed practice is repeated six days per week and should be taught by a qualified teacher.