Ashtanga Yoga is a dynamic, flowing and physically demanding practice. Ashtanga synchronises breath and movement to produce an internal heat and is good for building strength and mobility. An ashtanga yoga practise moves through a set sequences of poses and vinyasas. Ashtangi's start with the primary series, although for most of us, the primary series has more than enough to challenge us. Ashtanga can be practiced by fit and mobile beginners, but we recommend taking it slowly and with variations. If you enjoy Ashtanga Yoga, you may also like vinyasa yoga, power yoga, Forrest yoga and Jivamukti yoga. We also recommend Yin Yoga as a really excellent complement to Ashtanga.
Ashtanga Yoga Flow: Backbending
An Ashtanga yoga class featuring mostly standing poses and a focus on backbending. A wonderful, invigorating class, the perfect way to start the day. With sun salutations, standing poses and a few backbends, this is a wonderfully energising but accessible way of practicing Ashtanga. You may need bricks, a belt, a block and a blanket.
Ashtanga Yoga: Standing and Stabilising Poses
A mostly standing Ashtanga yoga class suitable for those newer to the Ashtanga practice.This sequence will get you stronger and more grounded as you stabilise. Starting with variations on sun salutations and then going through some of the Ashtanga standing poses in the primary series, the focus in this class is to make the ashtanga practice appropriate for you and with an emphasis on the practice energising your body in a way that is supportive and nourishing. You may need two bricks.
Variation on Ashtanga Primary Series
Ashtanga Inspired Power Flow
An intermediate-level Power yoga class loosely based on Ashtanga-Vinyasa. A great class to get you moving quickly in the morning, or when you need a quick pick-me up. With some Level 2/3 level variations, so beginners and intermediates, take it easy. You may need a strap.
Ashtanga Full Primary Series
A led full Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series class with modifications. The practice links yoga postures with breathing leading to a powerful, flowing practice that develops your strength, coordination and focus. This class is suitable for all and offers variations to allow everyone to enjoy and benefit from the practice. Charlie, a direct student of K. Pattabhi Jois, the man who popularised the Ashtanga Yoga practice in the late 20th century, leads the class. You may need 2 blocks and a strap.
Chaturandga Dandasana, one of the key postures of the Ashtanga Yoga Sun Salutations is a tricky but common pose requiring a deal of strength. Watch this short tutorial to strengthen and get a few pointers on how to perform your Chaturanga Dandasana safely. Learn how to position your arms and shoulders and how to find the correct alignment. You will need two blocks.
Come free your spine with this Ashtanga Yoga inspired twisting practice. This class focuses on the spinal twisting postures, both standing and seated, from the Ashtanga Yoga primary and second series with a few additional postures to really free up your spine and release tension in your shoulders. You will need two blocks and a strap.
Ashtanga Intermediate Series for Starters
A great way to start the day! Experience the benefits of the first half of the Ashtanga Yoga Intermediate series. Starting with the sun salutations and then with some primary series as a starter, this challenging practice, with modifications to allow all yogis to get started, brings a combination of energising backbends, balances with some opening spinal twists. A great compliment to the Ashtanga Yoga Primary series offering you a new set of challenges to add to your yoga practice. You may need two blocks and a strap.
Upward Dog Upgrade
Open up all along your spine and learn the correct sensations in your abdomen and shoulders for the perfect upward dog. Ashtanga yogis will be in upward dog up to 60 times a day, so it's worth mastering this posture. You will need up to 3 yoga blocks and an extra, rolled up mat.
Half An Hour Of Ashtanga
This is a paired-down Ashtanga class, if you want the kick, but don't have the time. Perfect for mornings. With only one Sun Salutation of A and one of B, Charlie flows straight into some standing postures, some balances and seated postures for a shorter, but just as rounded Ashtanga yoga class.
Jump Through Tutorial
A short yoga tutorial which is useful for beginners and improvers to Ashtanga and all Vinyasa sequences, if you want to learn how to perform jump through from forward-bend to low-plank safely.
Ashtanga: Sun Salutations A & B
Charlie gives top tips on alignment as he guides us though us through Sun salutation A & B the first 2 sequences in the Ashtanga yoga. Explanations of hand and feet placement, jumping or stepping. Includes modifications for less experienced students.
Ashtanga: Daily Express Practice
Short on time but want a daily safe and steady Ashtanga sequence? Let Charlie guide you through a beginners-level sun salutation practice with 3 seated poses for those busy days. Beginners tip: Please follow Alicia’s modified poses during practice.
In this easy-to-follow introduction, Charlie explains how to notice the movement of the breath in and out of the body and then to a deeper steadier Ujaii flow used in all Ashtanga classes. Props: A block.