Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga was first developed by Sri K Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India in the 1920s and introduced to the West in the 60s. It is a strong, physical, breath-focused practice that cleanses the body through increased circulation and perspiration. The set sequence becomes a moving meditation that creates a vibrantly healthy body and mind.

Finding the Ashtanga lineage lead me to deepen my practice following around five years of trying different styles of yoga. After developing a regular Ashtanga Mysore style practice I began to find the stillness inside. With that all aspects my life started to change for the better. My Ashtanga Vinyasa practice led me to discover the true meaning of yoga ā€“ the stilling of the mind. It is in this practice that I find complete equanimity, where movement and breath are synchronised and ā€˜Iā€™ cease to be.

The Ashtanga practice is made up of six series that become progressively more advanced. All of my classes focus on primary series as this is accessible to all, but still challenging for those wanting a more advanced practice. Please also see the classes page and the workshop sand retreats page for details of all classes and workshops.

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga classes and workshops

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga: Wednesday 20:00 – 21:00 Equanimity Yoga, Exwick, Exeter

Block taught. See classes page for dates

This class explores asanas from Primary Series and follows many of the traditions of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Classes often begin with the opening chant then move through asanas from Primary Series with a focus on breath (Ujjayi), bandha (energy locks) and dristi (gaze) before ending with savasana (relaxation).

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga (level 1): Thursday 19:15 – 20:45 Ashtanga Yoga Workshop, King Street, Exeter

Weekly: Drop-in. No booking necessary. Ā£9

This class will help you establish embodied awareness through guided ujjayi breathing and simple mindfulness. The foundation poses of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Primary Series are taught slowly with modifications and props, if required, and with time given to explore posture technique. This class is ideal for new students keen to build a regular yoga practice.

Half Primary Series, Equanimity Yoga, Exwick, Exeter

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A guided Ashtanga Vinyasa class beginning with the opening chant before following the traditional sequence flowing through each pose in the first half of Primary Series, up to navasana. The focus on Breath (Ujjayi), Bandha (energy locks) and Dristi (gaze) allows us to turn our focus inwards and the practice becomes a moving meditation.