ashtanga at the shala

Ashtanga yoga is a precise, therapeutic method of yoga well-suited to students of all ages, skill levels, and states of health. the word “ashtanga” translates as “the eight-limbed path,” which is described by patanjali in the yoga sutras.

Mysore ashtanga

Traditionally, ashtanga is taught Mysore-style, where students work one-on-one with a teacher. Mysore Ashtanga is a moving meditation where postures are threaded by the breath. this particular approach to yogasana can be as gentle or as challenging as one chooses; the practitioner is given postures according to a rhythm that respects his/her individual abilities and requirements. when practiced correctly and consistently, this subtle and vigorous yoga brings strength and flexibility to the body, and clarity and steadiness to the mind.

Mysore Ashtanga format is a one-room schoolhouse, with practitioners just starting out on the set sequence studying alongside practitioners well into Third and Fourth Series under the guidance and support of a skilled teacher. Students will learn the traditional sequence of Ashtanga slowly and methodically. All students are welcome; come as you are. Students new to mysore ashtanga: Please email info@theshala.com.

Led Ashtanga 

unlike the traditional mysore-style, students practice the entire primary series in a synchronized fashion under the instruction of a teacher. this approach provides an opportunity to hone your practice by following the “vinyasa count” as it is traditionally taught. this emphasis on efficient, rhythmic movement helps to do away with habits and with unconscious fidgeting between postures.

  • Ashtanga | Primary 

[Level = Intermediate/Advanced] Students will be guided through the full Ashtanga Primary Series according to the rhythm of the traditional Sanskrit count. Suitable for intermediate and advanced students with an existing Mysore Ashtanga practice.

  • Ashtanga | Half Primary/Half Intermediate

[Level = Intermediate/Advanced Level] An equal blend of fortifying Primary and uplifting Intermediate. Students will enjoy the first half of Primary up through Navasana according to a strictly counted, fast-paced vinyasa to prepare for the external hip openers and strengthening backbends of Intermediate. A great sequence for releasing tight hip flexors, opening up the whole back, and developing overall balance and agility. Appropriate for intermediate and advanced students.

Moon Days
(no Mysore practice on new and full moon)

january
wednesday 13 – new
thursday 28 – full

february
thursday 11 – new
saturday 27 – full

march
saturday 13 – new
sunday 28 – full

april
sunday 11 – new
monday 26 – full

may
tuesday 11 – new
wednesday 26 – full

june
thursday 10 – new
thursday 24 – full

july
friday 9 – new
friday 23 – full

august
sunday 8 – new
sunday 22 – full

september
monday 6 – new
monday 20 – full

october
wednesday 6 – new
wednesday 20 – full

november
thursday 4 – new
friday 19 – full

december
saturday 4 – new
saturday 18 – full