Based on the classical teachings of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, the Ashtanga system includes several increasingly challenging series of postures. 

Ashtanga Classes: Led and Self-Led

We offer led Ashtanga classes, meaning a teacher (Pamela Young) leads the class and instructs students in the order of the poses, mainly in the primary series. Mysore style or self-led practice is an opportunity for students to practice at their own pace and level of ability, but in the company of other students and with the encouragement, advice and adjustments from a teacher, as needed. In the Mysore method, the student masters each pose in sequence and is given new poses to work on by their teacher as they become ready. Ashtanga can be an ideal foundation for home practitioners once they know the sequence of poses.

 

Is Ashtanga for You? 

Ashtanga yoga is extremely popular and inspires loyalty in its students. This vigorous, athletic style of practice appeals to those who like a sense of order and who like to do things independently.

About the Ashtanga Series of Poses 

The first or primary series, called Yoga Chikitsa, which means yoga therapy, realigns the spine, detoxifies the body, and builds strength, flexibility and stamina. The series of about 75 poses takes an hour and a half to complete, beginning with sun salutations and moving on to standing poses, seated poses, inversions and backbends before relaxation. 

The intermediate or second series is called Nadi Shodana, meaning nervous system purification. It cleanses and strengthens the nervous system and the subtle energy channels throughout the body. This series is only introduced when the primary series is strong. It follows the same progression (sun salutations, standing, sitting etc.) as the primary series, but introduces new poses and variations. The four advanced series are called Sthira Bhaga, which means divine stability. Pattabhi Jois originally outlined two intensive advanced series, but later subdivided them into four series to make them accessible to more people. These series emphasise difficult arm balances and are only appropriate for extremely advanced students.