Yoga classes at AstaYoga are designed to facilitate the development of a personal practice. The classes are systematic and efficient, offering a set of well-rounded routines that work the entire body with an emphasis on linking movement with conscious breathing, precisely what turns posing into a moving meditation. The approach is practical and accessible, free from hype, dogma and fluff. Relax, breathe and go with the flow....
ROCKET VINYASA: ALL LEVELS
This class is open to all. Starting from sun salutations, students will progress through the Rocket standing series, followed by a modification of either the Rocket I or II seated series, closing with the finishing postures to cool down. Though the classes follow a familiar sequence, each class is tailored to the general ability level of the students present.
Based on the Primary Series of Ashtanga, the Rocket I focuses on developing leg strength and balance, but also increasing flexibility with soothing forward-folding postures which open up the legs, freeing the low back from strain. Plenty of inversions offer the opportunity to change perspective and keep the practice light.
Based on the Intermediate and Advanced Series of Ashtanga, the Rocket II brings attention to arm balancing, spinal twists, back bending and hip opening postures. It is the perfect complement to, and not a more advanced practice than the Rocket I. Your stamina and equanimity will develop rapidly in Rocket II.
ROCKET III HAPPY HOUR
The Rocket III is our weekly two-for-one special, where we bring together the Rocket I and Rocket II in 90 minutes of breath-fueled exhilaration. There's a very good chance your yoga teacher is at this class. The Happy Hour class is the most challenging class of the week.
ASHTANGA PRIMER / ROCKET BASICS
In our Ashtanga Primer and Rocket Basics classes, you'll learn the basics of the system that we practice at AstaYoga. The sequences vary slightly, but the techniques that we apply in all classes is the same. In these beginner classes, you'll have the opportunity to explore the subtle aspects of the Ashtanga Vinyasa practice. You can learn in several weeks at Asta what escapes most people after years of practice.
We teach a led Full Primary Series, sometimes by the book and sometimes with creative improvisations, but we hit every posture and always make room for your practice as it is. You need not have familiarity with the Primary Series or yoga superpowers to participate, just an open mind and a healthy desire to move and breathe.
The Mysore program at AstaYoga provides personalized instruction in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. The Mysore style of yoga asana practice is a particular way of teaching yoga within the Ashtanga Yoga tradition as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the southern Indian city of Mysore. There are some differences in this method from the usual modern way in which yoga is taught. The class is not "led" as a whole but rather all instruction is one-on-one within the group class setting. Students practice their own portion of the Ashtanga sequence of asanas at their own pace. The teacher assists each student individually by giving physical adjustments & verbal instruction.Students interested in learning by this method can find more information from instructor Sidney Huang here.
This hour-long class will work on stretching and releasing the connective tissue (ligaments, tendons, and fascia) through intelligently sequenced postures that are held for a few moments each. Unlike a Vinyasa practice, which infuses the muscles with blood, strengthens, and stretches muscles, Yin Yoga works to make connective tissue longer and stronger by holding deep postures.
Physical benefits of Yin practice include increased range of motion, fascia release, tissue revitalization, and activating the parasympathetic nervous system to support digestion, the immune system, and relaxation.
Emotionally and spiritually, the Yin practice helps us slow down & create balance in our fast-paced lives, increase our resiliency to stress, and provides the opportunity to be present with emotions that stored in the body.
A fluid and powerful class, interweaving breath, rhythm, energy movement, sound and meditation. The emphasis in kundalini yoga is on activating the life force within, stimulating the immune, nervous, and glandular systems. Awaken your full potential while improving strength, flexibility and concentration. All levels welcome.