Class Descriptions


Mysore-style Ashtanga Yoga and Vinyasa Krama Class:

Description: This class is suitable for all levels of practitioners, including complete beginners, and is conducted in accordance with the traditional method as currently taught in Mysore India. It can accommodate practitioners of the Primary and/or Intermediate Series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga; as well as the Moon and Lion Sequences as developed by Matthew Sweeney (www.yogatemple.com)

In the mysore-style format, students are expected to memorize the sequence of postures and practice at their own individual pace and rhythm. Each student is then given given individualized instruction and adjustments. Beginning Ashtanga students will first learn the foundational Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskarya A and B) followed by the standing posture (asana) sequence. Once the standing sequence is developed, the postures of the primary series are introduced, as well as the finishing sequence asanas. The postures are learned sequentially, one at a time. In this way, the Primary Series (1st Series) is developed at each student's individual pace which varies according to factors such as kinesthetic sense, fitness and health levels, abilty to concentrate; and finally, demonstrated proof that the seqeunce has been committed to memory. The above process also applies to the Moon Sequence postures; i.e., beginners will begin with Chandra Namaskar A and B; and then progress through the standing and seated postures.

Experienced students will receive a variety of personalized instruction and hands-on adjustments designed to deepen the experience and promote correct action within postures; as well as faciliate deeper awareness within the core energetic body. In particular, the correct, mindful, application of the breathing system (ujjayi pranayama, bandhas, vinyasa, and dhristi) is strongly emphasized. As with beginning students, additional asanas in the sequence (either Primary, Intermediate, Moon, or Lion) are added as the student is deemed ready.

Who should attend: Students of all levels, from complete beginners to experienced practitioners of the Primary and Intermediate series of the Ashtanga Vinyasa system; as well as practitioners interested in developing the Vinyasa Krama sequences (Moon and Lion) as developed by Matthew Sweeney.

Guided Vinyasa Class

Description: In this class, students are guided through 1 of 4 distinct sequences of Ashtanga yoga and Vinyasa Krama yoga. The sequences rotate on a weekly basis, and are composed of the Primary series, an introduction to Intermediate series of the Ashtanga method; and the Moon sequence, and introduction to Lion sequence of the Vinyasa Krama method. The class is suitable for all levels, except complete beginners, and instruction is tailored to the group of students attending on any given day. 

Who Should Attend:  Students of all levels except for complete beginners. 

Guided Primary Series Class

Description: This class is not suitable for beginners. Students are expected to have already been practicing Ashtanga for some time, and have completed all or most of the primary series (at least through Navasana). Unlike the mysore-style class where students practice at their own pace and level; in this class, students will be guided (led) by the teacher through the entire primary series with the traditional vinyasa counting system. The purpose of this class is to teach the student a sense of rhythm and flow, while also emphasizing the correct number of vinyasas (breaths) for each posture and associated transition.

Who Should Attend: Experienced students that have completed all or most of the primary series. Minimum level of proficiency should be up to Navasana.

Guided Class: Ashtanga Yoga, Level I/II

Description: This class is suitable for beginners. Unlike the mysore-style class where students practice at their own pace and level; in this class, students will be guided (led) by the teacher through the first half of the primary series (up to Navasana) with the traditional vinyasa counting system. The purpose of this class is to teach the student a sense of rhythm and flow, while also emphasizing the correct number of vinyasas (breaths) for each posture and associated transitions. In addition instruction is provided on foundational breathing principles, Suryanamaskar A and B, and correct alignment actions for each asana.

Who Should Attend: Open to all levels of practitioner, but is most suited to beginning students or practitioners not familiar with the Ashtanga method.

Guided Moon Sequence Class

Description: This is suitable for all levels of practitioner; and is a guided class through the entire Moon Sequence as developed and taught by Matthew Sweeney (www.yogatemple.com). Matthew is an advanced practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga, having completed the Advanced B section (4th series). He developed this sequence as a cooling and therapeutic complement and alternative to the Ashtanga primary series. It is designed to be quite calming, but also energetic in its effects. The sequence works the entire body, but is particularly effective at opening the hips, shoulders, and sacral areas.

Who Should Attend: Open to all levels of practitioner, but is most suited to practitioners familiar with the Ashtanga method; and the primary series in particular.

Ashtanga for Beginners

Description: This class is for complete beginners as well as those that are relatively new to ashtanga yoga and would like to get some detailed instruction on the "fundamentals" of breath, bandhas, vinyasa and postures.Class format consists of a combination of: discussion topics on yoga philospophy and principles, teaching on correct breathing and alignment within postures, and a beginning ashtanga flow sequence composed of sun salutations, and standing, seated, and finishing  postures.

Who Should Attend: Complete beginner's as well as those students relatively new to ashtanga yoga interested in addtional detailed instruction on some of the building blocks and foundational principles.

Restorative Yoga

Description: Restorative yoga is a path to mental and physical well being. Its goal is to nurture and heal the body. Using support and props, restorative yoga alternately stimulates and relaxes the body and reduces mental stress. Restorative yoga works by integrating all the systems of the body and by balancing Prana (male) and Apana (female) energies. The class starts with meditation, moving into gentle stretches to warm up the body before the healing and gentle restorative asanas. Wear warm and comfortable clothing.

Who Should Attend: This class is suitable for all students levels. Come to this class to relax, renew, and heal the body.