Purchase by May 31st.
with Laura Olson & Jacquelyn Nash
Over the last two years, you may have noticed more weekly Ashtanga offerings at The Yoga House, and it may have brought about some questions about this mysterious style of yoga. We want to demystify this practice and open the conversation about what ashtanga yoga is about and answer any lingering questions you might have. Join Ashtanga instructors Laura Olson and Jacquelyn Nash for this free info session intended to help you gain some insight about the Ashtanga practice and determine whether this might be a path you’d like to embark on. All are welcome.
(it’s not necessary to RSVP to hold your spot.)
The Vinyasa yoga style that we practice today comes from a history that is rich and layered. Learn the connection and progression from the ancient philosophy to the modern day experience of yoga in the West as we examine different lineages and styles, including Iyengar yoga, breath-based yoga (or Viniyoga), Classical Hatha Yoga and others, and discover how those style can influence your practice and teaching. We’ll spend a day diving deep into the Ashtanga Vinyasa lineage, which is at the heart of Vinyasa yoga, and discuss how to incorporate the foundations of Ashtanga yoga, most importantly breath, drishti and asanas, into your practice and your teaching.
Required Books: Ashtanga Yoga: the Practice Manual by David Swenson
As co-founder of The Yoga House, Jacquelyn is committed to demystifying the secret language of yoga and making it accessible to all people. After her first introduction with the Ashtanga Yoga Practice, Jacquelyn immediately found value in the authenticity, history and integrity of the practice. The practice inspired Jacquelyn to become a forever student of yoga, studying the Ashtanga Primary Series with David Swenson and Shelley Washington and learning the rich history and foundations of different yoga lineages and styles in her advanced training. Influenced by the light-heartedness but also sincerity of David and Shelley’s teachings, Jacquelyn has a nurturing and compassionate approach to sharing the richness of yoga that brings a sense of accessibility to those practicing and learning with her.
$30 for the 3-session course.
Learn the foundations of the Ashtanga yoga practice alongside those in the regular Mysore class on Monday/Wednesday/Friday. This 3-session course is for both the beginning yoga student and the student proficient in yoga who has not practiced Mysore style before. Practitioners will start with the basics, including:
Breath – Ujjayi breathing, or also called ‘Breathing with sound’ or ‘Free Breathing’
Bandha – Internal locks
Drishti – Gazing points
Vinyasa – Movement breath system
Within this course, students will start by learning Surya Namaskar A and B and progress in the Ashtanga yoga standing sequence learning one posture at a time before learning the next one. Students will learn the sequence with the guidance of the teacher, so though it is a ‘class’ it is more like receiving 1:1 instruction in a group environment.
Completion of this course will give students the confidence and awareness required to attend the Morning Mysore Program regularly.
To get a sense of the entire practice, it is also a good idea to attend one of our Led Ashtanga classes on Thursday evening (5:45pm) or Sunday morning (8:00am), if you choose.
Some things to remember before you begin:
You will be practicing in the studio with those in the regular Mysore class and you are welcome to come early and watch students practice. By attending a Beginner’s Course yoga students will understand more about self practice and how to establish a regular Ashtanga yoga practice within the group Mysore class environment.
Sept 10, 12, 14
Oct 15, 17, 19
Nov 12, 14, 16
Dec 10, 12, 14
Jan 14, 16, 18
Feb. 11, 13, 15
Mar. 11, 13, 15
Apr. 8, 10, 12
Mat 13, 15, 17
Created to fit the schedule of the local educators, this class will be the perfect end to your work day. Taught by Danielle Mach, experience our signature House Flow style yoga class complete with intentional breathing, flowing movement, and opening postures. All levels welcome. Registration is required.