ashtanga | mysore all levels
Suitable for all, 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. Mysore ashtanga is a moving meditation where each pose is strung together on the the thread of breath. 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 note that Mysore Ashtanga is not a drop-in class unless you have an existing mysore ashtanga practice. Mysore practice is unique in that its potency lies in making a consistent commitment of 3-6 days a week. This is a requirement. We ask that you allow at least one month of dedicated practice to see if the method is right for you. You are welcome to come observe to see if you would like to try it.
- no knowledge of the sequence is necessary to begin. beginners will learn parts of the primary series incrementally, with new postures being slowly and deliberately added over time. (students interested in ashtanga should attend mysore sessions regularly before considering led classes.)
- we encourage new students to observe a session during designated hours and speak to a teacher about initiating practice.
- allow 45 minutes to 1 hour for practice in the first week or two. the duration of one’s practice will lengthen as new postures are added.
- Union Square Studio: New students to this technique arrive at 6:00am, 8:30am or 9:30am Monday thru Friday, 9:00am Sunday.
- Fort Greene Studio: New students to this technique arrive 7:30am Monday or Friday, 9:00am Wednesday, 3:30pm Tuesday and Thursday, or 9:00am Sunday.
ashtanga | led classes
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.