Monday Vinyasa Flow class

Sometimes called Vinyasa Flow or Power Yoga, Astanga Vinyasa at its purest is based on an ancient form, and is a style of yoga devised by Krishnamacharya in Mysore, India in the early 20th century.

Astanga means ‘8 limbs’ and refers to Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga ~

  • Nama ~ moral codes
  • Niyama ~ self-purification and study
  • Asana ~ posture
  • Pranayama ~ breath control
  • Pratyahara ~ withdrawing of the mind from the senses
  • Dharana ~ concentration
  • Dhiyana ~ deep meditation
  • Samadhi ~ union with the object of meditation

The delight of Astanga Vinyasa is the marrying of the breath to movement; each Asana is accompanied by focussed breathing to enhance the practice, heat the body and focus the mind. Sri K. Pattabhi Jois formalised the style and trained many of today’s leading teachers around the world.

We start moving through the Primary Series, changing our focus each week to a different area of the body. We may add in further Asanas from the Second Series, depending on accessibility and interest.

Further reading:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashtanga_Vinyasa_Yoga

Monday, Thursday & Friday Explore classes

On Monday early eve, Thursdays and Fridays, we take most of the elements of the Primary series and break them down to allow you to explore the mechanics and ‘feel’ of the Asana (pose).  It’s ideal for those who don’t want a fast class, have little or no yoga experience, or who want to go deeper into the physiology of yoga and spend time understanding the benefits of each pose. We take our time and understand how each Asana is built from the ground up, and slowing the sequences down allows us to focus on the feel and consciously to build strength and flexibility.

All classes incorporate elements of Pranayama (breath control) and Savasana (relaxation) – which may be more familiar to you as mindfulness or meditation. After the effort of Asana comes the end of the practice where we stop and mindfully rest. A frequent comment is that Savasana is by far the hardest part of the class!

For more information on times and locations, please see the Classes page.