Ashtanga Yoga at Nature Yoga Sanctuary

The Practice

Ashtanga yoga is a dynamic physical practice that involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures in order to build internal heat while challenging the practitioner to balance strength, flexibility and focus. The practice begins with Sun Salutations then continues with standing postures, seated postures and concludes with backbends and a closing sequence. The Ashtanga yoga system can be approached as a type of moving meditation that creates space to cultivate greater awareness, equanimity and non-attatchement in order to increase overall well-being. The practice originated in Mysore, India where its founders Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya lived and taught. 

Mysore Style

Ashtanga yoga is traditionally taught "Mysore style”- a name given to this unique teaching style where the students work one-on-one with the teacher. Mysore classes are intended for all students from complete beginners to experienced practitioners as the teacher guides each student through a series of postures that they can complete at their own pace. This method of teaching is similar to a private lesson in a group setting which allows the student to ask questions and receive individualized attention. Students grow in their practice by showing up on a regular basis to work closely with their teacher who offers verbal as well as hands on adjustments.

Moon Days

There is no class during the full and new moons as to help prevent injury during times of increased gravitational pull. These days off are also a great way to notice and appreciate the rhythms of nature as well a deserved rest day for the daily practitioner.