A unique combination of dynamic breathing and strong, flowing movement, which creates a high heat, high energy workout. Ashtanga Yoga is a choreographed sequence of postures which flow into one another, building strength, unwinding tight joints, and loosening muscles. Ashtanga yoga is a complete mind and body workout that develops concentration and reduces stress.
Ashtanga Yoga is a unique yoga system that links full rhythmic breathing with powerful postures. Deep internal heat purifies the body whilst enhanced levels of concentration relax the mind. Internal energy locks strengthen the nervous system.
Please note as the 8 week course is physically demanding, you should already have a reasonable level of fitness on which to build. With patience and persistence, the Practice of Ashtanga yoga will improve strength, stamina and flexibility. Attendees will be expected to commit to a regular home practice for the duration of the course.To assist with this aspect each session is supported by notes which will enable you to build your yoga practice week by week.
The course will cover the fundamentals of Ashtanga Yoga i.e breath, energy centres and posture work. The aim of the course is for you to work toward your full potential – a strong and agile body and a calm, focused mind.
The course works through the Primary Series of Ashtanga yoga beginning with a break down of Surya Namaskara, demonstrated here by Maria Villella. By the end of the course you will have developed a self practice to enable you to practice at home or move on to the Improvers sessions.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How soon before I buy a mat if I am a complete beginner?
Owning your own mat is important for hygiene and essential for home practice. Any mat that you are comfortable with will do. Mats are available at Tesco’s or TK Max at approx. £7. If you would like a better quality mat then check www.yogamatters.com or mats are available to hire for £1 per session.
How much water should I drink during practice?
Proper hydration is very important. Traditionally no water is drunk during Ashtanga practice. Come well hydrated and also drink plenty afterwards. If there are special needs please let me know but avoid putting a water bottle next to your mat and pausing every six breaths to drink.
Can I eat before class?
Try not to eat for at least 1 ½ hours before class. However, do make sure that you have eaten through the day as you will need energy for your practice.
What do I wear?
Fortunately there is no Ashtanga fashion code. Just wear something you feel comfortable moving in. Wear comfortable, stretchable clothing. T-shirts and shorts are fine, but you might want something under your T-shirt that fits close to the body for the inverted postures. We work with bare feet, so please be able to remove your socks.
How many times a week should I practice Ashtanga Yoga? Whilst on the 8 week beginners course the best results will come from a steady and regular practice. Initially the home practice will last 15 to 20 minutes and extend to 30 to 40 minutes. Morning is the best time to practice and sets the body and mind up for the day. Three times per week would be beneficial, everyday would be great.
Once you have completed the course and you are familiar with the basics you have the option to join the Improvers sessions. You can choose to attend one or two sessions per week depending on your schedule. Unlike the beginners course you do not have to attend every week if your circumstances don’t allow.
The cost of the 8 week course is £75 (students and unemployed £65).
Payment is in advance of the course start date and can be made by cheque, cash or transfer.
Places are limited so it is recommended that you apply as soon as possible.