Are you interested in joining our 6 week Ashtanga course with Ryan? Starting Friday 20th September from 9:30-11am he will be breaking down the Ashtanga Primary Series sequence.
Okay so what is Ashtanga?
Ashtanga is a traditional series of postures performed in the same sequence everytime. It is a dynamic practice combined with focus on the breath. There are six different level sequences in Ashtanga each getting progressively harder. In traditional practice, students are expected to remember the movements, in preparation for a Mysore. A class which is unguided by the teacher and participants flow through the sequence on their own as a self led practice.
Usually an Ashtanga practice will begin with five repetitions of Surya Namaskara A and five repetitions of Surya Namaskara B, (Sun Salutations) followed by a standing sequence. Following this the practitioner progresses through one of six series and a standard closing sequence.
The six series are:
- The Primary series: Yoga Chikitsa, Yoga for Health or Yoga Therapy
- The Intermediate series: Nadi Shodhana, The Nerve Purifier (or The Second series)
- The Advanced series: Sthira Bhaga, Centering of Strength
- Advanced A, or Third series
- Advanced B, or Fourth series
- Advanced C, or Fifth series
- Advanced D, or Sixth series
So the 6 week course focuses on the Primary Series, whats that?
For our course Ryan will be focusing on the Primary Series Sequence. The Start of all the Ashtanga Series. Here is a rough breakdown of what you can expect on the course week by week.
Week One – Welcome talk about Ashtanga, Opening chant and handouts will be provided. A look at Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskara A and B) and some of the fundamental postures.
Week Two – Fundamental Asana breakdown
Week Three – Primary Series Asana
Week Four – Primary Series Asana
Week Five – Primary Series complete sequence, guided class
Week Six – Mysore self practice class/or a second full sequence guided class
Each week will include a recap of the previous weeks postures and linking the movements together. A sheet of the posture sequence will be provided to help guide you, and refer to it whenever you need. All you need is your water and a towel and excitement to learn!
Is this class for me?
If you are looking to increase your practice with a dynamic flow class, gain knowledge of Ashtanga terminology and asana, and perfect your postures, then this course is for you! Suitable for beginners upwards, it will help any yogi to become more confident in their postures and their practice.
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to reserve your space, see you on the mat!