What is Astanga?
Astanga (pronounced ashtanga) was established by Sri K.Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India and now headed by his grandson by Sharath Jois Visit his website here
Students move with the breath continuously through a dynamic series of postures (‘asanas’).
Maintained correctly, Astanga yoga is a truly healing practice.
It will help you to feel calmer in your mind, it can help you be free of pain and will help detoxify your body as well as develop core strength.
As many men practice Astanga yoga as women.
Which class is for me?
to suit all your yoga needs.
Half led primary
drop in classes will still be challenging for all practitioners but if you’ve never done an astanga class before this is a good place to start.
If you’ve tried the drop in half led and would like to develop a deeper foundation of Astanga the beginners course is for you.
It will give you the opportunity to break down the postures in detail and access a solid foundation of the practice. You will also have time to discuss any issues or questions that arise with your teacher
A full led primary
class will be led in sanskrit with an emphasis on the counted breath. The mediative rhythm dictated through the count helps you to develop the stamina needed for the practice.
Ideal for practitioners who have some experience of Astanga.
Mysore is ideal for practitioners who have a good foundation in the practice with some knowledge of the sequence.
It allows you to maintain your practice at your own level and pace (with your own breath).
The benefit of the Mysore style is that you get to practise in a room without a lot of verbal instruction, so it helps you to draw your focus inward like a moving meditation.