Ashtanga Yoga, a traditional energetic purification practice.
Consistent practice reveals our connection to the great cosmic creation, strengthens the physical body, soothes the nervous system and quiets the mind. In the Ashtanga tradition, the intention is to practice six times per week to gain the optimal benefits the sequence has to offer. This 4-week series provides an overview of the Ashtanga tradition with a focus on the classic elements that combine to make the lineage unique and well-rounded.
This will include instruction and discussion of the primary series of postures: sun salutations, standing poses, seated poses, inverted poses and finishing practices, all woven together by breath. It also includes techniques designed to create, contain and focus energy. Both an introduction to Ashtanga as well as an invitation to go deeper with the practice.
The sessions will build on each other and each will begin with an invocation and sun salutations. Each will end with closing postures and savasana with time to discuss that days work.
All levels will benefit from the alignment instruction in this class.
Session 1: Surya Namaskar A and the Standing Sequence.
Session 2: Pranayama (Uijayi Breath) and the balance of effort and ease (sukha and sthira) with continued practice of Surya Namaskar A and the standing poses.
Session 3: Surya Namaskar B and the Seated Sequences with discussion of the Bandhas (Mula and Uddiyana Bandhas) and Pranayama.
Session 4: Focus on the full Finishing Sequence and putting it all into practice.
This course will be imbued with Jessica’s own understanding based on 20 years of a consistent and dedicated yoga practice. She is grounded, patient, and genuinely committed to the inherent wisdom and brilliance of the practice. Her classes include laughter and exploration within a dependable framework that encourages students to release anxieties and competitiveness. She views yoga as a path, a movement and a practice.
October 30th, November 6th, 13th & 20th
The Studio DOWNTOWN (625 Williamson Street) in our Lakeside Studio
Members: $50 early bird deadline of October 17th, $60 thereafter
Non-members: $70 early bird deadline of October 17th, $80 thereafter