Ashtanga Yoga Absolute Beginners
You'll get lots of cues and personal assistance to help you to get the most from each posture. Suitable for yoga beginners and those who want to deepen or develop an existing yoga practice.
Following a few weeks in this class you might want to stay in the class or try one of the more advanced Ashtanga yoga classes.
Ashtanga is the most energetic and challenging form of yoga, it's also very traditional. Ashtanga yoga combines the physical benefits of flexibility, strength, balance and cardiovascular fitness as well as the mental benefits of cultivation of focus, curiosity, deep awareness and control of the nervous system.
It suits those who are happy to work at their physical yoga practice and to sweat and progress. Ideal for those of us with busy minds as Ashtanga yoga quietens the chatter of the mind, bringing us peace and clarity.
You'll learn the Ashtanga yoga sequence so that it becomes a joyful moving meditation and you'll notice your progression. Each posture is held for 5 breaths and is linked with a set of movements called a vinyasa to create a sense of rhythmic energy that becomes deeply calming.
If you want to delve deeper there’s plenty to learn in this practice including the Sanskrit names, the Ashtanga count, mantras, philosophy and pranayama (breathing) and meditation practices, which you can pick up along the way, through the video library or through specific workshop sessions at the studio.
Taught by Lorraine with a couple of the classes also taught by our Studio Director and Lead Teacher Emma Lowther-Wright.
Our Ashtanga yoga students are a lovely, welcoming community.
If you have any questions email Emma on email@example.com
Our Absolute Beginners Ashtanga Yoga class moves more slowly than our other Ashtanga classes to give you time to build a solid foundation for this energetic, challenging yoga practice of strength, balance and flexibility. Taught by Lorraine under the direction of Emma, our Studio Director.
What is Ashtanga Yoga and what are the benefits?
It comprises a set series of postures which flow together forming a moving meditation which is excellent for anxiety and stress-relief, flexibility, balance and strength as well as cardio-vascular fitness.
Because the postures are only held for 5 breaths and we are moving and breathing rhythmically, Ashtanga yoga is also excellent for anxiety, cardio-vascular fitness and improving the tone of vagus nerve which improves resilience and the ability to remain focused and calm.
What are the types of Ashtanga yoga class?
Beginners, a 60minute class with the standing postures.
Progression, a 60minute class with around half the postures.
Half Primary, a 75minute class with 3/4 of the poses.
Full Primary, a 90minute class with all of the primary series poses.
There is also a Mysore class which is a silent practice. See the Mysore FAQ for more detail.
Which Ashtanga yoga class is right for more?
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What is Ashtanga Yoga Membership?
There is the option to add Groove to your membership.
See the Ashtanga Membership page of the website for more details.