What is Ashtanga Yoga?
Ashtanga Yoga is a form of classical yoga passed to Sri K Pattabhi Jois from Sri T. Krishnamacharya who also taught BKS Iyengar (Iyengar Yoga), TKV Desikachar (Viniyoga), and Indra Devi, all of whom endeavored to disseminate these teachings in the West. The Ashtanga practice is a vinyasa practice. What makes this practice unique is that it weaves together three points of awareness/internalization (known as Tristhana in Sanskrit) — Breath, body and gaze, and as such weaves together 4 of the 8 limbs of the classical yoga system–pranayama, asana, pratyahara, and dharana, ultimately creating the possibility of samadhi. This is distinct from other systems of yoga which separate these various practices from one another in various ways. For more information on classical yoga (ashta-anga and Patanjali’s kriya yoga) please refer to The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali, trans. with commentary, Georg Feuerstein.
Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga consists of three main sequences of asana (postures). Primary series is the beginners’ series and is know as yoga-chikitsa, or yoga-therapy, and it’s aim is in aligning the physical body and purifying the internal organs.
I am a beginner, where do I start?
Our entry level classes are our Ashtanga Foundations classes. You may also start with individual sessions.
What time should I get to class?
Arrive for class on time, allowing enough time to sign in and set up your practice space. Doors open 10-15 minutes before the practice session begins. Doors are locked 2-3 minutes after practice begins.
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable clothing—less is better. Nothing too baggy.
Please do not wear any perfume, cologne, after shave, etc. Just like natural body odors, these artificial odors will be intensified by the heat of the practice. Some students who come to the studio are very sensitive to chemicals.
What should I eat before class?
Arrive on an empty stomach. Wait 3 hours after a large meal, 1.5 hours after a light snack. Food in your stomach makes class harder. Be sure you are hydrated, but do not drink large amounts of water just before class! Instead, hydrate slowly through out the day.
Are there mats available?
No. We no longer keep shared practice mats. Please be sure to bring your own mat!
How often should I practice?
Realistically, we have found that 3-4 practice periods a week is sufficient to build a solid practice.
Will my other fitness activities (i.e. weight training, running, ect.) erase the benefits of doing yoga?
No. Yoga will enhance your other physical activities by helping to keep you strong, aware and injury free.