"One becomes firmly established in practice only after attending to it for a long time, without interruption and with an attitude of devotion.” Yoga Sutra I.14
- Saturday afternoon 23/09 class cancelled
- Next Restorative class: 20/10
- Sanskrit counted full primary series + pranayama: 15/10
During the led classes, the students are guided verbally in unison through the postures of the primary series sequence, and provided with options of how to do particular poses that may prove challenging (this is most likely what you are used to if you have practiced yoga before - a teacher demonstrating a posture that you afterwards repeat all together).
Short Led - 60 minutes
If you’re new to yoga and think you’re not strong enough or flexible enough to practice, start here.
You will gain much-needed information about the special yogic breathing system, proper bodily alignment, variations, modification, technical detail and useful hints through a quick hour of yoga taking root in the Primary Series.
Short Led Primary classes will help improve your endurance, stamina and concentration, and are an excellent way to be introduced to Ashtanga Yoga.
Led Primary - 90 minutes
In a fast-paced, dynamic sequence that opens new dimensions of the mind-body-breathe connection, you will begin to move into a direct experience of the flow of the practice. This class presents the full Ashtanga Yoga Primary series.
Options are given to beginners. Be prepared to sweat.
Level: Beginners & Intermediate.
45 to 90 minutes depending on your experience
Arrive and depart at your convenience during practice hours
The class is not led and all instruction is given on an individual basis. Students work independently on the particular series of postures that is most appropriate for them. The teacher assists, adjusts and may quietly discuss particular difficulties or concerns with individual students during the class.
As you gain strength, stamina, flexibility and focus, poses will be added on to your sequence.
Mysore as a beginner: To come to Mysore classes, it is preferable you have attended Led classes to understand how the positions are linked together. However, complete beginners are also welcome to the Mysore class. As a beginner, you will learn the sequence step by step, receiving verbal instructions from the teacher on how to perform each posture and how to link them together. You will be able to learn and practice the sequence in a short time period depending on your capabilities and dedication to practice. If you come for the first time, you might stay only 45 to 60 minutes. Gradually, as you receive new postures and your body gets stronger and more flexible your practice might be prolonged up to 90 minutes.
Level: From absolute beginners to more experienced students
A restorative yoga sequence typically involves only a few poses poses, supported by props that allow you to completely relax and rest. Held for 5 minutes or more, restorative poses include passive stretch on opening your hips, light twists, seated forward folds, and gentle backbends. Not only will a passive stretch give you time to feel the alignment and anatomy of your body, it will teach you how to relax the deep muscles around your body. It is an excellent balance to a dynamic yoga practice (in addition to an ashtanga practice) or for those with hectic lives or stress related issue.
Pranayama is one of the eight limbs of the traditional Ashtanga yoga. "Prana" means life force, and "ayama" means extending, controlling and directing. It consists of techniques designed to gain control over the breathing process and at the same time become aware of the connection between the breath, the mind, and the emotions. Pranayama is considered by many teachers as a bridge to the higher limbs of dharana and dhyana (meditation). Traditionally it was believed that Pranayama should be practiced by only those who are well established in their asana practice (physical postures), however, research shows in recent years that Pranayama can be practiced by anybody and that it offers many health and spiritual benefits.
AYL offers private classes whether you might be looking to refine your existing practice, or to begin learning 1:1. Whether you want to get fit, tone up, or want to relieve stress, Yoga can help with numerous things including back pain, low energy, depression and anxiety. Through your practice you will learn to support yourself in ways that will permeate into daily life, breathing techniques especially can be practiced outside of the yoga class.
AYL offers corporate classes if you wish to bring yoga to your workplace for you and your colleagues.