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Experience the harmony of body, mind and spirit with yoga. Regardless of the style of yoga you choose, you will see life-changing results when you practice on a regular basis. A yoga practice anchored in a calm focus and steady breath does wonders for the mind and body. Please don’t hesitate to ask for recommendations on which style fits your needs. Please click here to view our current schedule.

 

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Ashtanga Vinyasa is a vigorous vinyasa practice than draws intermediate to advanced practitioners looking for a more physically challenging pace. It highlights key concepts of the Ashtanga primary series with mindful introduction of challenging poses such as arm balances or inversions. Ashtanga Vinyasa connects movement with breath in a dynamic series of postures done with calm focused attention, for strength, flexibility and a quiet mind. Be prepared to sweat a lot as you move through Ashtanga's meditation in motion, as you engage core muscles, and work with a balanced steady breath.
A slower sequence of flowing postures synchronizing breath with movement. Ideal for beginners and intermediate students. Modifications may be suggested for all levels of practitioners.
Our kids yoga classes are tons of fun so kids are excited to practice yoga! Children learn through play so the yoga postures (asanas) are often delivered through games and fun. This way children are excited to receive all of the amazing benefits of yoga like learning techniques for self-health, relaxation and inner fulfillment. Making it easier for them to navigate life’s challenges with more ease. Learning yoga at a young age encourages self-esteem and body awareness with a physical activity that is noncompetitive. There are two gifts we should give our children: one is roots, the other is wings.

All kids 4-10 are welcome. There is no yoga experience or flexibility required. Please have them wear clothes they can move around in.
This led class is for students of all levels, from new to seasoned Ashtanga practitioners. We instruct the group as a whole though half or sometimes more of the Ashtanga Primary Series, with some alignment instructions provided. New students are guided with wisdom and patience, more seasoned students can work to their own potential.

This class covers all the postures in the first half of the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series. It includes sun salutations, standing postures, several challenging seated postures, an introduction to back bending, and the full closing sequence. Gentle pranayama, meditation, and/or Yoga philosophy are taught, at the discretion of the teacher.

This is a traditional Led Primary Series class with Vinyasa count. This class is ideal for anyone with an existing Mysore practice, or familiar with the Primary Series sequence. Not recommended for beginners, or those without background in Ashtanga yoga.
 
If you are not familiar with the Primary Series, please attend Intro to Ashtanga or Led Modified Ashtanga Primary classes or Mysore Ashtanga classes prior to taking this class.
Mysore Style Practice is the heart of Ashtanga Yoga, and is the name coined for the original way it has always been taught in the city of Mysore, South India, in the tradition of the lineage from Sri K. Patthabi Jois. This class is for students of all levels and is an excellent opportunity to develop a personal, independent practice that can slowly build over a lifetime!

Within a group setting, each student learns the Ashtanga Primary Series at their own pace, with direct and individual assistance from the teacher. This allows students to progress at an appropriate rate for their own body and life circumstances. New postures are taught on an individual basis as the student develops the requisite strength, flexibility and stamina to proceed further. This direct student - teacher relationship is foundation of all traditional Yoga teaching and the Yoga Paramparā (the lineage of transmission from teacher to student).

New to Mysore? Please email info@downtownyogashala.com to arrange for a private orientation/class ($25 which can be applied to your first month of Mysore membership). Once you start taking a Mysore class, be prepared to commit to attending at least three times per week for your first few months of practice to understand this method more fully and get the most benefit out of this practice. Please email info@downtownyogashala.com if you have further questions.

Doors open at 6am for those who have an existing Mysore practice. Visitors who have an existing practice are welcome! Please email info@downtownyogashala.com with the date and time of your arrival. We also observe rest days on Moon Days, per the schedule outlined here: http://ashtangayogacenter.com/moon-days/
Open to all who have an existing Mysore practice for self-practice without instructor assistance. If you are unfamiliar or new to Mysore method of Ashtanga yoga, please email info@downtownyogashala.com to schedule an orientation. Then attend Mysore morning classes at least 3 times/week to get the most therapeutic benefits from this system of yoga. Everyone is required to sign in at the front desk. (If you do not have a DYS Mysore membership, drop-in rate is $20).
 
"Practice, practice, all is coming" - Sri K. Patthabi Jois
Radiant Body Yoga (RBY) is a holistic approach to yoga, which has its roots in the ancient Kundalini and Tantric traditions. These practices are designed to awaken each practitioner to their higher nature. They offer a potent combination of physical posture, breath work, kriya, meditation, and chanting. They increase strength, build vitality and create mental clarity. Created by Kia Miller, it integrates 3 key elements: the transformational possibilities of Kundalini Yoga; the challenging and technical precision of Ashtanga and Iyengar Yoga; the power of Prayer, Mantra and Meditation
Calm and nourish your nervous system as well as build your immunity with this wonderfully relaxing practice. Through the use of props, the body is held restfully and comfortably. The posture allows for the let go of the need to act or think.

Heal yourself by doing nothing and simply be. Each posture allows you to explore the depth of your breath and the vastness of your spirit. This is a wonderful practice for those who have chronic fatigue, mental stressed, compromised immunity, injuries and chronic health condition.

Restorative yoga is an effective way to bring balance to over stimulated nerves and to ease chronic tension. Stress and toxins are eased out of the tissues of the body and mind allowing our natural state of physical harmony to arise. The postures done in thoughtful sequence are supported with props such as blankets, bolsters and straps. The spine is gently released in all directions allowing for a deep sense of support. Given sufficient time the nervous system eventually calms bringing the mental and emotional bodies into a blissful balance, and a sense of relaxation, contentment and self-acceptance is felt. Restorative yoga is recommended for everyone, especially those of us with stress in our lives. Come at least once a week for optimal health.

A flowing sequence of postures combining breath and movement. Build heat from the inside and out, core strength, stamina and flexibility in this class. This is an all-levels class, with modifications provided for all levels of practitioners. 
This slower moving, meditative flow balances both the body and the mind, allowing you to focus deeply on your breath and alignment to release tension and tightness in the body. We'll start class with some gentle sun salutations to warm up then move into smooth, stable holds in postures designed to nourish and strengthen the deeper tissues. This class is a perfect for all levels and is a balancing complement to an active lifestyle and Yang practice.
Self care and foundation/Strength building are the benefits of our Yoga TuneUp-Vinyasaclass. Are you a yogi, jogger, rock climber, cross fitter or triathlete? This class can provide the type of exercises that will strengthen/stretch little used muscles and put you in a stronger position with any sport or physical activity you pursue.

We will start with mini Vinyasa's targeting little used muscles followed by a flowing sequence of postures combining breath and movement building heating, core strength, stamina and flexibility. We will also use yoga-tune balls which are wonderful tools for self-care. Rolling on the balls loosens plus massages muscles and enables the release of tension.

This is an all-levels class, with modifications provided for all levels of practitioners.

 

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