Focus on alignment and breath with Ashtanga Yoga
What is Ashtanga Yoga?
Ashtanga is one of the oldest forms of yoga and is also considered to be the foundation of much of the yoga we see today. The practice is made up of six vigorous series of postures. Our Ashtanga introduces you to the standing postures and beginning level floor postures of the Ashtanga Primary Series. The practise focuses on alignment and breath and is taught within the framework of the traditional Vinyasa count.
What are the benefits of Ashtanga Yoga?
Ashtanga brings mental, physical, emotional and intellectual benefits. Your mind and your body will feel stronger. You’ll rid your body of toxins, reshape the body, improve your flexibility and endurance and re-energise your body! You’ll also bring awareness to consciousness. Additionally, you’ll calm your mind and learn to connect the mind with the body.
What should I expect at my first Ashtanga Yoga class?
You can expect a strong practice that helps to calm the mind, invigorate the body, build strength and flexibility. This class is recommended for those who have some experience with the introductory Ashtanga classes and is not recommended for beginners. The practice room is warm, but not hot as the heat is built internally through deep breathing.
Ashtanga Yoga FAQS
- Thin yoga mat
- Water bottle
- Optional showering items e.g towel, soap, deodorant
- An open mind and a smile!
Wear comfortable, light workout gear and avoid accessories including mobile phones, watches, bangles, sunglasses, belts and hats. Please note that lockable lockers are provided for your belongings.
Come to class around 15 minutes early to check in and set up. Ensure you’re well hydrated throughout the day and we recommend not having too much to eat before your class. Please note, there are no late entries into class once it has started so be sure to arrive ahead of time!
No worries! We have mats and towels available for hire and purchase in the studios.
Whilst this class is at an introductory level, please be aware that it will be physically demanding. If you have any health issues we recommend informing the teacher upon arrival.
While a past injury may limit what you can do in the yoga class, it will not necessarily prevent you from taking part in the practice. Ashtanga yoga is considered a therapeutic practice, which means that each of the postures are actually designed to have particular health benefits. In some cases, physical conditions and injuries can be improved by doing the practice, although it is important to note that the healing process can take time and patience.
It is recommended that you have done yoga before you attend an Ashtanga Yoga class.
Ashtanga yoga is ideal for those who are looking for a physical challenge, and who like the idea of a structured type of practice. The practice is a specific sequence, taught in a consistent and structured way, offering plenty of repetition which will allow each student to progress slowly over time. The class is not recommended for beginners, and is best for those with some Ashtanga experience.
The purpose of the Ashtanga practice is essentially to purify both the body and mind. The movements of the practice are quick and powerful, with an emphasis on focus, alignment and breath.
Ashtanga yoga can be distinguished from other forms of yoga by vinyasa, which is the formal system of breathing and movement that connects one posture to the next in a sequence. While the postures are similar to those in other forms of yoga, they are performed in an uninterrupted sequence in Ashtanga practice. Ashtanga is generally quite a disciplined and vigorous form of yoga. Our Ashtanga class is a strong practice that develops focus on alignment, breath and gaze