Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga is a modern form of yoga first developed by Sri K Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India and introduced to the West in the 1960s. It is a strong, physical, breath-focussed 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 after around five years of trying different styled 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 – the stilling of the mind. It is in this practice that I find complete equanimity, where movement and breath and synchronised and ‘I’ 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 more classes and styles of yoga.

I teach four kinds of Ashtanga classes:

Ashtanga inspired Hatha Yoga

Wednesday 18:30 – 19:30 Exwick, Exeter

Wednesday 11 October to Wednesday 29 November. £55 for eight weeks. Beginners welcome.

This class incorporates all elements of Hatha Yoga, but the asanas (postures) are inspired by the Ashtanga Vinyasa lineage. Each session includes pranayama (breath work) asana (postures) guided meditation, savasana (relaxation) interwoven with yoga theory and philosophy. Perfect for those new to yoga, or people who enjoy a gentle breath focussed practice that delves deeper into Hatha Yoga.


Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

Wednesday 20:00 – 21:00 Exwick, Exeter

Wednesday 11 October to Wednesday 29 November. £55 for eight weeks. Previous yoga experience necessary.

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).


Beginners Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

Thursday 19:15 – 20:45 Ashtanga Yoga Workshop, King Street, Exeter

Weekly from 7 september 2017, drop-in. No booking necessary. £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

Contact for details of next class, Exeter and Torquay

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.