What is Ashtanga Yoga?
Ashtanga Yoga is a popular style of yoga created by Sri K. Pattabi Jois back in 1975. Pattabi Jois studied yoga with the late Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, one of the most famous yoga teachers in the 20th century.
Jois or Guruji as he is was affectionately know went on to create the Ashtanga Yoga system. The word Ashtanga Yoga comes from Patanjalis Yoga Sutras; which is named the eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga.
The yoga poses themselves are done in a continuous dynamic flow, each movement timed with the breath. There are 6 different levels of practice ( we call them series) which are done sequentially. Every practitioner, no matter what level of yoga experience, begins their Ashtanga Yoga journey with the Primary series.
The practice itself has four parts no matter what level or series you are at. Comprising of an opening sequence, the main sequence which consists of either (primary, intermediate, advanced A/B), a back bending sequence and the finishing sequence.
It is important within Ashtanga yoga to begin and learn to maintain a regular yoga practice, which is primarily practiced within the Mysore style room ( typically an early morning self practice class, where people of all levels and abilities come to do Ashtanga self practice in one space, with a teacher helping each student individually. All levels of students, from complete beginners to advanced practitioners are welcome into the mysore room.
Ashtanga Yoga Mysore Self practice: The traditional way to learn Ashtanga Yoga, as taught by the Jois family at KPJAYI in Mysore, India. Students gradually learn and memorise the sequence, practising at their own pace, with individual instruction and adjustments from the teacher as needed. This method allows for students of all levels, from beginners to advanced, to quietly practise side by side in the same class.
A regular commitment to Mysore style practise is the best and most rewarding way to embrace and benefit from the ashtanga system of yoga.
Mon - Fri 6:30am - 8:30am
Evening / Weekend Mysore
Wednesday & Thursday - 5:15pm - 7:15pm
Sunday mornings - 08:30 - 10am
Ashtanga Yoga Beginners
Would you like to learn Ashtanga Yoga? Perhaps you are completely new to yoga and would like to start but you aren't sure where. This is a great introduction to Yoga and the Ashtanga Yoga practice. No yoga experience is required, just an open mind and enthusiasm and we will teach you the rest.
In this course you will learn and move step by step through the fundamental postures of the ashtanga primary series sequence, with detailed instruction, tips and techniques to enhance and build on your practice.
Benefits of Yoga:
- Increased flexibility and strength
- Creates a calm steady mind
- Increases mental focus
- Self awareness of body, mind and spirit
We are a really lovely small studio based in The Hidden Lane in Finnieston, Glasgow and we specialise in Ashtanga Yoga and Yin Yoga. You won't get lost in large class sizes as numbers are limited. We are a small team of passionate yoga teachers and we would love to help you learn this incredible practice and be a part of your yoga journey.
A 5 week beginner's course designed to ease you into the traditional method of ashtanga yoga. Suitable for complete beginners to yoga as well as those new to mysore-style ashtanga classes
The intro workshop is a one-off afternoon workshop covering the fundamental postures and techniques of ashtanga as well as information on the background and history of this system of yoga. An ‘intro to mysore’ workshop is geared specifically towards starting morning self practice classes, but works equally well as a general introduction for anyone new to ashtanga.
Beginners Level 1 Ashtanga Yoga
Taking you step by step through the first part of the ashtanga sequence, with clear guidance and precise instructions. The format of this class may vary week to week, sometimes focusing on specific aspects of the practice, other times flowing through the sequence in tune with the breath, traditional ‘led class’ style.
This is a drop in class so no commitment is necessary, but the more you attend the more you will become familiar with the sequence and the techniques involved, leading to improved strength, flexibility and concentration.
Suitable for: Anyone with little or no experience of ashtanga yoga, or students with some experience who prefer the slower pace of this led class.
Runs every Wednesday evening from 7:45 - 8:45pm