Class Descriptions

Mysore

Mysore Style classes focus on establishing an individual practice. Start and duration of the practice can vary and they can be set by each practitioner individually.

Mysore is a city in India where Ashtanga yoga originated and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois founded the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute. Mysore Style classes focus on establishing an individual practice. Start and duration of the practice can vary and they can be set by each practitioner individually. In our schedule you'll find a given time which functions as a time slot whithin which you should start and end your practice. Each class starts with an opening mantra, the teacher, however, does not give general instructions but corrects and assists students individually. If you still need help with the sequence of the asana, the teacher will guide you. If you want to work in an asana more deeply, the teacher can take you deeper and further slowly and with paying attention to your breath and the limitations of your body. 

Led

In this class you will learn the asanas, their sequence as well as the vinyasas of the asanas.

Led class 1

In this class you will learn the asanas, their sequence as well as the vinyasas (the way you move into and out of the asanas with your breath) until Marichiasana or Navasana (the first half of the primary series. All breaths will be given. The teacher establishes the rhythm and pace of the class and the single asanas. Specific questions on certain asanas cannot be answered during class. This class is suitable for a beginning students without any major serious physical problems.  

Led class 2

In this class you will the asanas, their sequence as well as the vinyasas (the way you move into and out of the asanas with your breath) of the Primary Series will be counted. The number of breaths for each pose will be given in Sanskrit. In the asanas itself the breath will be counted. This requires a certain amout of knowledge of the sequence and a regular practice. Even if you do not practice the full primary you can attend and then simply watch what challenges lie ahead of you ;). 

Self-Practice

The self-practice in the morning gives you the opportunity to practice in a group setting in our shala but without a teacher.

The energy when practicing together with others helps you with your practice and gives to the chance to deepen what you have learned in class. It is more fun than practicing at home and the others will help to inspire you with their breath. The self-practice is considered an important pillar of the ashtanga yoga system - no matter if you only practice the standing sequence or the whole primary series. 

Everybody is welcome who can practice mysore style and knows the sequence of the asanas!

Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal yoga helps you prepare a warm atmosphere for you and your child.

Prenatal yoga in our shala derives from the flowing sequence of Ashtanga yoga and allows you to practice in a modified way. It is a very good preparation for giving birth and supports you during pregnancy with all the tremendous changes in your body. The asanas in prenatal yoga are directed towards relaxation and letting go but they also help to build strength. During pregnancy we can try to find good posture and to dissolve any tensions in the body. Even some of the symptoms typically associated with pregnancy, e.g. indigestion, hormonal imbalances or simply fear can be attentuated. Giving birth requires staying present in the moment, being able to relax, trusting your intuition and strength and allowing good qualities to flourish. This is what we try to practice here by using the breath to connect to your child and trusting in yourself during this process!

If you have further questions, please contact Anett: anett@ashtanga-yoga-freiburg.de.