Saturday November 13 // 12:30p – 2:30p
Mysore Magic Ashtanga Yoga Workshop with Sarah Jane at The Front Climbing Club, Ogden ()
COST: Members $15 // Non-Members $25 (includes day pass)
SJ will explain this fascinating system of Yoga from Mysore, India, and walk you through your first Mysore class experience.
You will learn, practice, and memorize two different types of Sun Salutations, and a short, grounding, and balancing sequence of postures linked together by vinsaya (movements following the energetic patterns of breath). Then you will move on to some simple backends, a few fundamental inversions, some simple closing postures, a breathing exercise ending with a relaxing rest time, and Q&A. You will receive your own laminated “cheat sheet” you can use to practice at home, and bring to class with you when we offer Mysore classes here this winter! This will be a fun, inclusive, and welcoming introduction to a revolutionary practice that has enchanted yoga practitioners worldwide! SJ has been teaching Mysore and led Primary Series Ashtanga for 8 years at our SLC Yoga Shala! This workshop is for anyone interested, regardless of whether you’ve never done yoga or are an experience asana practitioner.
Mysore Ashtanga is a unique, traditional way of practicing Ashtanga Yoga from Mysore, India in the tradition of legendary Yogi Sri T. Krishnamacharya. This intelligently sequenced yoga system is intended to be practiced 5-6 days a week and increases strength, flexibility, balance, stamina, and focus. Each person learns and practices at their own pace under the guidance of the teacher who assists, supports, and teaches new asanas as the student is ready.
Contact me for Led Ashtanga Yoga or Mysore classes anywhere on the planet.
I absolutely love teaching yoga, it brings so much joy to me! Having over 10 years experience teaching led Ashtanga and 7 years consistently teaching Mysore classes often for 6 hours per day, I’ve been the yoga director at the Front Climbing Club in SLC since 2017. I’ve been guest lecturing and teaching Ashtanga for the Yoga teaching program at the University of Utah for the past few years. I am an authorized level 2 Ashtanga teacher (authorized to teach full intermediate series by my Guruji, Sharath Jois) and a 500 ERYT through Yoga Alliance.
TOPICS COVERED through guest appearances- you can mix and match these topics to suit your needs.
« Practice and study of Yoga Asanas linked with Pranayama and Vinyasa
« Hands on assisting/adjusting
« Study of Yogic Philosophies using ancient and contemporary texts
« Looking into the rich history of yoga
« Subtle body systems; Chakras and Nadis (energetic pathways)
« Basic Ayurvedic philosophy and practice
« Basic Sanskrit / Devanagri reading and chanting
The Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga
The entire Primary Series of the Ashtanga asana system taught in the traditional format with Sanskrit names and vinyasa count.
The Ashtanga Yoga method is built around the Mysore style practice named after Mysore, India, where yoga was taught this way by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Ashtanga Yoga continues to be taught this way in traditional Ashtanga Yoga schools around the world such as Salt Lake Ashtanga Yoga at The Front Climbing Club. Mysore is unique compared to other asana classes, as each person practices at their own pace without interruption. The peaceful sound of deep breathing permeates the room. The teacher assists, adjusts, gives new poses as the student is ready, and discusses each individual’s practice with them when needed. Those new to Ashtanga are taught at a pace that helps them take the time to memorize the sequence and learn the postures, breathing and gazing points correctly.
Primary Series – you will learn the fundamentals of the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga, which includes Surya Namaskaras A & B (sun salutations), the standing series, the seated sequence, backbends, inversions, and a more in-depth knowledge of how to do the Ujjayi breath in the closing sequence. In a Mysore class situation, it could take weeks, months or years to learn, depending on a person’s dna, life situations and yoga experience.
Intermediate Series – aka Nadi Shodhana, is a unique and advanced practice that will challenge the yoga practitioner on every level physically and mentally. Intermediate Series is nerve cleansing, front body opening, takes the practitioner deeper into their strength and flexibility, and should always be learned directly from an experienced teacher.
Safely and intelligently navigate this beautiful and daunting sequence of postures. It is recommended that participants have a yoga asana background of at least 2 years of fairly consistent practice. Modifications and drills will be offered.
This sequence is specifically geared toward Yoga teachers and serious practitioners of Ashtanga Yoga that want to continue their education and those that would like a deeper understanding of the practice.
Practicing Intermediate Series (or “Second” Series) of Ashtanga Yoga benefits the mind, body and spirit. The body becomes healthier, stronger, leaner and athletic, much like that of a racehorse. The subtle body is purified of energy blockages, creating a sense of wholeness and well-being, and the mind becomes more focused and calm, leading to more mindful decision making throughout the day.
Traditionally, this sequence is only taught under the watchful eye of a teacher to those that have attained proficiency in all the asanas of the Primary Series, which can take years of daily practice. I generally teach one or two asanas/vinyasas at a time, allowing the student to slowly and safely assimilate the new asanas into their system.
Intermediate series offers new and different twists, forward folds, backbends, hip openers, balancing postures and strength asanas in an intelligently sequenced layout that is rumored to be thousands of years old.
Due to popular demand from our students- past and present, who have fallen in love with this unique, traditional, meditative yoga practice, I invite you to join me for some high vibrational call-and-response style chanting in Sanskrit, the language of Yoga. You will receive a printed chant sheet to read from as well. Chanting contributes to inner peace, group harmony, and bodily health. Come give it a try and see if you fall in love with this ancient yogic practice! I have been studying and practicing Sanskrit chanting with my wonderful chanting teacher, Lakshmisha Bhat for years. I can not promise to chant with perfect Sanskrit pronunciation and elocution, I am working on it, but the Bhakti is there!
Sarah Jane is available for private lessons for any sized group or individual lessons at your place or at your choice of yoga shalas. These fun and personalized lessons are designed around your wants, needs and lifestyle. Private Yoga therapy sessions are offered for those with health issues or injuries.
Contact SJ to schedule training or private lessons
Saraswathi is often depicted as a beautiful woman dressed in pure white, often seated on a white lotus, which symbolizes light, knowledge and truth. She not only embodies knowledge but also the experience of the highest reality. Her iconography is typically in white themes from dress to flowers to swan – the colour symbolizing Sattwa Guna or purity, discrimination for true knowledge, insight and wisdom.
Her dhyana mantra describes her to be as white as the moon, clad in a white dress, bedecked in white ornaments, radiating with beauty, holding a book & a pen in her hands. The book & the pen represent knowledge.
She is generally shown to have four arms, but sometimes just two. When shown with four hands, those hands symbolically mirror her husband Brahma’s four heads, representing manas (mind, sense), buddhi (intellect, reasoning), citta (imagination, creativity) and ahamkāra (self consciousness, ego). Brahma represents the abstract, she action and reality.
The four hands hold items with symbolic meaning — a pustaka (book or script), a mālā (rosary, garland), a water pot and a musical instrument (vīnā). The book she holds symbolizes the Vedas representing the universal, divine, eternal, and true knowledge as well as all forms of learning. A mālā of crystals, representing the power of meditation, inner reflection and spirituality. A pot of water represents the purifying power to separate right from wrong, the clean from the unclean, and essence from the inessential. In some texts, the pot of water is symbolism for soma – the drink that liberates and leads to knowledge. The most famous feature on Saraswati is a musical instrument called a veena, represents all creative arts and sciences, and her holding it symbolizes expressing knowledge that creates harmony. Saraswati is also associated with anurāga, the love for and rhythm of music, which represents all emotions and feelings expressed in speech or music.
A hamsa or swan is often located next to her feet. In Hindu mythology, the hamsa is a sacred bird, which if offered a mixture of milk and water, is said to be able to drink the milk alone. It thus symbolizes the ability to discriminate between good and evil, essence from outward show and the eternal from the evanescent. Due to her association with the swan, Saraswati is also referred to as Hamsavāhini, which means “she who has a hamsa as her vehicle”. The swan is also a symbolism for spiritual perfection, transcendence and moksha.
Sometimes a citramekhala (also called mayura, peacock) is shown beside the goddess. The peacock symbolizes colorful splendor, celebration of dance, and – as the devourer of snakes – the alchemical ability to transmute the serpent poison of self into the radiant plumage of enlightenment.
She is usually depicted near a flowing river or other body of water, which depiction may constitute a reference to her early history as a river goddess.