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Intro to Ashtanga Primary Series


This class is taught by:

Veronica Cruz

Owner of Downtown Yoga Shala, Veronica took a leap of faith when she left a successful Silicon Valley high-tech career in 2008 to pursue a higher calling. Living in Kathmandu, Nepal in her youth opened her mind and heart to yoga philosophy and eastern spirituality. Years later she pursued yoga again, as a complement to her marathon and triathlon training, which intensified her love for the practice of yoga in all its dimensions - physical, emotional, mental, spiritual. Veronica is a certified yoga instructor, having completed Teacher Certifications in Ashtanga Vinyasa from Larry Shultz, Power Vinyasa from Baron Baptiste and Ashtanga Teacher Certifications from Tim Miller and David Swensen. As an Ashtanga practitioner, she has gratefully studied over the years with many certified teachers in the Ashtanga lineage while also continuing to study with Sharath Jois in Mysore, India when possible. She continually draws inspiration from the deep tradition of yoga, and derives profound personal growth in being a lifelong, humble student and dedicated practitioner on and off the mat. A local San Jose resident for many years, Veronica aspires to create a welcoming environment that will bring the many benefits of yoga to the corporate high-tech and multi-sport athletic communities of Silicon Valley. Veronica infuses her classes with warmth and sincerity, kindness and compassion. She gently encourages a mindful practice through deeper breath body awareness, while honoring the inner teacher that resides within each of us.

Adarsh and Heleen Williams

ABOUT ADARSH:Adarsh Williams teaches a contemplative style of yoga that embraces both modern innovation and traditional wisdom. Since 1995, Adarsh has been engaged in the field of natural healing and has received certifications in therapeutic massage and active isolated stretching. He continues as a student of Ashtanga Yoga and it's sister sciences of Sanskrit, Ayurveda, and Bhakti. Adarsh has continuously traveled to Asia since 2001 for study and pilgrimage and has received teaching Authorization by his late Guruji Shri. K Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. Adarsh directs the Monterey Yoga Shala in Monterey, CA specializing in progressive instruction for beginner through advanced levels. Through in depth study of human anatomy and physiology and formal training as a massage therapist, Adarsh is highly regarded for his sensitive yet deep adjusting style. He has experience working with a wide variety of students of diverse abilities, ages, and backgrounds. With a deeply held belief that anyone can develop a personal yoga practice, Adarsh is an energetic teacher who infuses his enthusiasm for practice and hard work in his students. www.AdarshYoga.com | www.SmartStretch.com

ABOUT HELEEN: Heleen started practicing yoga in 1992 during college in the Netherlands. For 8 years she practiced Sivananda Yoga and eventually completed the TT (teacher training) at the ashram in upstate New York. Shortly after, Heleen moved to London to pursue life as a yoga teacher, which in turn led her to a position of General Manager at one of London's best known dance and holistic centres. During this time, she studied Ashtanga Yoga with Liz Lark and John Scott. John inspired her to go to Mysore and study with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. After meeting Guruji on his world tour in 2001 she traveled to India the following year to study at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute and returned there every year until she became pregnant with her first child in 2007. Heleen is passionate about Ashtanga Yoga and has a fascination for thought patterns and how they can be changed from negative into positive. To her Yoga is a process of diving within, finding a way to connect with ones Self, being in the present moment and acknowledge where one is at. Heleen is now the mother of two children, Evan and Maya, teaches Yoga and is co-owner of the Monterey Yoga Shala in California. Heleen has also created a Kids Yoga curriculum for Kids in schools that is being taught at elementary and middle schools around the Monterey Peninsula. www.HeleenYoga.com www.KidsYogaFun.com

(Note: Existing Mysore practitioners are welcome to this class for self-practice!) Also known as Yoga Chikitsa, or Yoga Therapy, the Primary Series of Ashtanga is a scientific approach to yoga practiced in a methodical, systematic manner, as taught by the late great master, Sri K. Patthabi Jois. This deep, rich system of yoga is the foundation and soul of vinyasa, using the concepts of prana (breath), drishti (gaze) and bandhas (energy locks) throughout a set sequence of poses to direct us inward, experiencing heightened body-mind awareness and when practiced regularly, ultimately has the effect of purifying our bodies of toxins, healing our heart-minds from thoughts and patterns that cause pain and suffering. The Primary Series set of postures flow together using a specific breathing technique and movement, encouraging symmetry and purification.  It is ideal for those who currently have, or would like to start, a regular yoga practice and would like to become familiar with the Ashtanga Primary Series sequence. 
 
This internally purifying physical practice, is traditionally practiced daily, with the exception of Saturdays and Moon Days for rest. At the Shala, we offer a gentler practice called Ashtanga Moon Sequence on Saturdays 9-10:30am.

 

 



Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Nov 27 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Veronica Cruz
  • Fri Dec 01 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Veronica Cruz
  • Mon Dec 04 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Veronica Cruz
  • Fri Dec 08 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Veronica Cruz
  • Sat Dec 09 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Adarsh and Heleen Williams
  • Mon Dec 11 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Veronica Cruz
  • Fri Dec 15 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Veronica Cruz
  • Mon Dec 18 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Veronica Cruz
  • Fri Dec 22 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Veronica Cruz
  • Mon Dec 25 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Veronica Cruz
  • Fri Dec 29 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Veronica Cruz
  • Mon Jan 01 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Veronica Cruz
  • Fri Jan 05 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Veronica Cruz
  • Mon Jan 08 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Veronica Cruz
  • Fri Jan 12 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Veronica Cruz
  • Mon Jan 15 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Veronica Cruz
  • Fri Jan 19 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Veronica Cruz
  • Mon Jan 22 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Veronica Cruz
  • Fri Jan 26 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Veronica Cruz
  • Mon Jan 29 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Veronica Cruz