Your guide to our Ashtanga class

Ashtanga is an athletic, physical form of yoga which synchronizes breath and movement through a precise and set sequence of postures which are connected with flowing vinyasas. The intention of the practice is to cleanse, stretch and strengthen the body, as well as focus and calm the mind. With a large emphasis on the breath the practice aims to create heat from the inside out and is held in a non-heated room in our Brighton studio.

Originating in Mysore, India with K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga is the original power yoga and is now practiced worldwide. The practice includes the Ujjayi breath, asanas (postures), dristi (point of gaze), vinyasa and bandhas (internal energy locks) to create a flowing class where the breath and movements are synchronised.

The class starts with sun salutations (A and B) and then progresses to a set series of standing poses and standing balanced before progressing to the floor for seated forward folds, twists, hip opening poses, arm balances and then cooling down with a finishing series of backbends and inversions. Within the class students are offered different options to cater for different levels of ability.

This class focuses on the Primary Series of postures which are known as Yoga Chikitsa or Yoga Therapy and is a led class meaning that the students move and breathe through the series of poses together rather than each student completing their own practice.

Regular practice of Ashtanga Yoga leads to familiarity with the sequence, increased flexibility, improved stamina, a calm mind and an appreciation of the breath (to name but a few!).

The class is physically challenging as it is intended to generate heat as well as strength and flexibility and not recommended for complete beginners. Some level of physical fitness would be beneficial.

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