Ashtanga Yoga classes are either "led" or "Mysore-style". In led or "conducted" classes the teacher calls out every asana and vinyasa and may give some general verbal instructions. Ashtanga workshops and seminars often follow this format because it works well for large groups of students.
The majority of Ashtanga Yoga classes follow the format of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois's daily classes … [Read More...]
In the Ashtanga Yoga system, the First or Primary Series is performed by all beginners and also intermediate and advanced students on Fridays. There is a designated day of the week to practice each of the six series and Friday is the day for Primary.
Primary Series is known for it's hip-openers, forward bends, full and half lotus positions. There are many repetitions of chaturanga, updog and … [Read More...]
The Sun Salutations of Ashtanga Yoga
In Ashtanga Yoga, two variations of the sun salutation sequence are performed at the beginning of a practice or class right after the recitation of the Ashtanga Yoga Mantram (opening prayer). Each variation is usually done five times.
Surya Namaskara A (nine vinyasas)
~ Samasthiti ~
Inhale: Hands up
Exhale: Fold forward into Uttanasana
Inhale: Head … [Read More...]
Inhale: Jump through and lay down with your feet together. Exhale.
Inhale: Come up into Sarvangasana (literally "all limbs posture" but also known as Shoulderstand). Hold for ten breaths.
Exhale: Lower … [Read More...]