Ipswich Ashtanga Yoga classes
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Beginners Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga
If you are new to Ashtanga Yoga or haven't practised for a few years and need a refresher then a one to one session is recommended.
I teach Ashtanga Yoga to beginners in Ipswich, Suffolk, this is a systematic introduction to the fundamentals and foundations of Ashtanga yoga. Covering the background to this style of yoga and encompasses the victorious Ujjayi breath and exploration into the Bandhas - energy seals, that are also used in Ashtanga Yoga. Surya Namaskara A & B (Sun Salutations) are introduced and depending on each individual possibly some Standing Postures from the Primary Series are introduced. Also some of the postures from the closing sequence giving the practioner a complete start and finish to their practice so that this work can be continued at home during self practice.
The concept of Mysore self practice is introduced early on so each practitioner has their yoga practice memorised, as is the traditional method in which Ashtanga is taught.
Having studied with John & Lucy Scott at their centre in New Zealand, and more recently with them in the UK my teaching is greatly influenced by the method learnt from John & Lucy.
Please do get in touch to schedule in your private session so that you can begin your own Ashtanga journey!
Mysore is the home of the late Pattabhi Jois, his daughter Saraswati and grandson Sharath where Ashtanga students flock to study with this amazing family. Mysore style is so called as this is the method that is taught in their Shala Mondays to Thursdays. Fridays and Sundays take on a counted class format and Saturdays is a rest day. In a Mysore class the students work at their own pace in time with their breath rather than following the count by the teacher. This requires that the student starts to commit to memory the sequence of the practice. The teacher then works individually with each student offering them guidance and adjustments as needed, and new postures are only given when the practitioner is ready. The students benefit from the energy created within the group but still feel as though they are having a one to one class with the teacher.
If you have no prior Ashtanga experience then you will need to book in a private session first before attending self practice classes.
Self Practice classes in Ipswich on Tuesday & Wednesday early mornings, Monday & Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings, these must be booked in advance.
Once you have attended a beginners course and have begun to move with your breath then there are on-going Ashtanga Yoga classes in Ipswich that you can attend. Most classes are the format of self practice however I do offer counted classes now and then, this means that I count you through the postures using the correct vinyasa so that the whole room (hopefully!) ends up being in the breath together. Class numbers are limited to ensure that everyone receives attention from the teacher. Within each class there is some time dedicated to develpoing a sitting practice, essential for cultivating space to begin the focus on the breath, classes end with a full relaxation, your time to absorb the effects of the practice and leave feeling energised and re-freshed.