The Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga
The entire Primary Series of the Ashtanga Vinyasa system taught in the traditional format. The instructor calls out the posture names and often counts the breaths to encourage a seamless, meditative, guided flow. The class is steadily- paced, so some familiarity with the Primary Series, such as previous attendance to the short forms class is useful. Headstand, Shoulder Stand and full upward bow backbend will be included in these classes, but modifications are readily available for those new to these poses. This practice focuses on lengthening the hamstrings, strengthening the back, shoulders and core and training the mind to be more focused and relaxed. This series has rarely been considered easy, but modifications can be found in each asana for each body. Receive gentle yet effective hands on adjustments.
Half Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga
An all levels class, this is the first or sometimes second half of Primary Series. Beginning with sun salutations, a large variety of asanas are linked together with specific vinyasas. Backbends, shoulder stands and headstands may be included for finishing postures. This practice focuses on lengthening the hamstrings, strengthening the back, shoulders and core and training the mind to be more focused and relaxed. Modifications can be found in each asana for each body. Receive gentle yet effective hands on adjustments.
Saturday Ashtanga Yoga
This Saturday class slows the flow. Sometimes we may explore some of the deeper asanas from the Intermediate Series of the Ashtanga method including deep backbending, hip opening and twists as well as strengthening and balancing postures. Suited for all levels. As Saturday is often a rest day for Ashtangis, this class incorporates some deep body conditioning stretches and strengthening exercises after warming up with Sun Salutations and the basic standing sequence.
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 Vinyasa Yoga continues to be taught this way in traditional Ashtanga Yoga schools around the world. 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 more than welcome, and taught at a pace that helps them take the time to memorize the sequence and learn the postures, breathing and gazing points correctly. Students are welcome to use a “cheat sheet” (provided in the classroom) with pictures and names of the poses in sequence until they no longer need it.
Primary Series Workshops
In this all-levels workshop, 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.
Intermediate Series Workshops
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.
These special workshops are designed to offer a peek into the mysterious world of Second Series, offering modifications for all levels in each asana. We will offer 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.
Sarah Jane is available for private lessons for as many people as you like at your place or at your choice of yoga studios. 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.