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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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A prelude and foundation to aerial acrobatics. Familiarize yourself with the silks while learning techniques on climbing, straddle back on a knotted silk, single, double footlock, and more. Find your love for pull ups and inversions in conditioning with the silks.
Prerequisites: All levels welcome!
Focus: Endurance, Climbing, Pull-ups, Inversions, and Straddleback

Please Note: THIS CLASS IS BY RESERVATION ONLY. Limit to 6 students/class. Please register in advance online and pre-pay for Aerial Silks Classes ($35 drop-in or $300 for 10 Aerial Silks classes) prior to coming to class. Any other class pass will not reserve a spot for this class. Please show your receipt when signing in for class. Thank you!

This class is inspired by the Ashtanga sequence developed by Matthew Sweeney

Chandra Krama: The Moon Sequence 

In practicing Ashtanga Yoga your attention will gradually move from gross to subtle. You will tend to feel the physical aspects of your body first, and then eventually, with ongoing practice, feel the more subtle aspects of your body.

The slower you move, all the way to sitting still in meditation, the more subtle is your awareness. The faster you move, the more gross your awareness. However, when doing a faster Vinyasa practice you move energy and tend to release physical blockages more readily. This leads to greater ease in the body.

A balance to the demands of the Surya based Ashtanga is to regularly practice meditation and to practice a softer, gentler Asana practice from time to time. I consider Chandra Krama (or something like it) to be essential for all Ashtanga practitioners, men and women. This sequence will help you rebalance energetically, psychologically and physically. In particular, as over 80% of Ashtangis are women, the need for a sequence that is focused on menstruation, ovulation and the phases of the moon is absolutely necessary.

The Moon Sequence takes pressure off the shoulders and upper body (evidence of the Rajasic elements of the Ashtanga practice) particularly for students who work too much, or too soon on the jump throughs and jump backs. It places more emphasis on the lower body, the hips, and a soft and stable abdomen.

The heating basis of Ashtanga Yoga, in conjunction with the attempt to practice six days per week is inappropriate for most women. It may also be inappropriate for many men, at least long term. This may be a hard thing for some practitioners to accept, nevertheless it is true. Two hours of Ashtanga Yoga, six days per week can cause too much weight loss and can also aggravate joint stability due to repetitious strain. For women, excessive practice can disrupt your menstrual cycle and can add to difficulty having children. Even if the latter is not what you want, an intensive Asana practice without a sequence like Chandra Krama will usually lead to some kind of imbalance, physically or otherwise.

The Moon Sequence is intended to help awareness of the cycles of the Moon and encourage your intuitive faculty. It is not intended to entirely replace your Ashtanga practice, or any other practice for that matter, rather to enhance and balance your weekly routine.

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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.
Come unwind from your day, and wind down your evening with dim lights/candles, soft music, good vibes, and a blissful flow class. This class will build strength and stamina while cultivating mindful awareness with movement. It is suitable for all levels, but be prepared for a challenge! (Note: Remember to notify the instructor if you are new to yoga or have any pain/injury. Stay mindful of your breath and body at all times, to get the best experience from your class.

This up-tempo class is designed to link yoga poses (asanas), transitions between poses and breath into an exhilarating yoga flow. You can expect to go from a deep subtle body warm up to a more intense flow as you work with alignment, strength and flexibility throughout the class. After this invigorating yet revitalizing yoga practice you might experience a serene state of meditative flow and connectedness.

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.
Bring the whole family (Ages 3 and up)! Family Yoga is a fun, joyful and peaceful way to move together mindfully. Family Yoga begins with thoughtfully tuning in, followed by a fun, mindful, playful and meditative practice that includes postures, partner poses and group poses. Class concludes with relaxation and guided imagery. Families of all ages and abilities welcome!

These classes are offered based on interest and availability.
Please RSVPonline (1 person/family) to reserve space.
*ALL proceeds from this class are donated to a local charity serving children and families in San Jose.
Find release and relief from stress on Monday or Friday to start or end the week relaxed, while gently developing flexibility. Become immersed in a smooth yet powerful flow! This practice consists of moving in and out of postures in “pose/counter pose” focusing on alignment and breath. Restorative postures use yoga props for support and relaxation poses between dynamic flows. This class is a great way to begin or end the week, and can be a good beginning class for many yoga students.
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.
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
Partner yoga is a style of asana practice in which two people support each other in poses in a way that enhances the postures and builds trust and communication. Partner yoga can deepen a pose as well as helps build relationships as the yogis share the pose, movements, and breath.

Partner yoga poses work mainly by adding resistance. Your muscles can relax and stretch while your partner’s resistance help your limbs stay in the pose. Because of your partner’s help, you’ll be able to try new poses and find deeper expressions of familiar poses.

In the class, we will explore different asanas with our partners to deepen and expand one’s practice by adding resistance and balance. There will be a relaxation and breathing exercises at the end of the class to end on a harmonious note.

Note: All proceeds from this class are donated to a local charity. $20/couple. 

 
Within you there is an intuitive wisdom which understands the natural process of birth. We help you reconnect with this wisdom, guiding you through a class specifically designed for the journey of pregnancy. Linking yoga postures with the breath will lead you to experience your changing body in a positive way, and bring awareness to the mind, body and spirit, and also the spirit of your baby. The class is conducted in a calm, peaceful environment and will help strengthen the uterus and pelvic muscles, improve circulation, aid in digestion, exercise the spine and increase overall comfort. Yoga can also alleviate many of the discomforts of pregnancy such as nausea, constipation, varicose veins, swelling, back pain and sciatica. A safe, open community allows you to freely discuss any issues, from discomforts and concerns, to the wonderful new changes your body and baby are experiencing.

In this Sculpt & Flow class, we incorporate elements of Vinyasa flow yoga with Pilates and Barre. These added variations will together bring fun energy, increased awareness and alignment to your yoga practice. Moving through a flow sequence, we will use both traditional yoga poses and Pilates/Barre-inspired exercises to isolate muscle groups, ending with a relaxing savasana! All levels welcome.
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. 
Yin yoga bypasses the muscles and allow you to nourish and strengthen the deeper tissues. Connective tissues, fascia, joints, ligaments and bones receive gentle, low load stress. The poses are held between 2-5 minutes or longer and the muscles stay passive in order to pass the stress on to the deeper tissues.

Each Yin pose is an opportunity to go inward and meditate. It is a wonderful complement to an active (Yang) practice and a much needed tool for anyone who need to unwind tight body, mind and heart.
This class offers a nurturing blend of long-held passive poses with varying degrees of intensity and relaxation. Yoga props, such as blankets and blocks, are used to support the body through the poses. Holding poses for long periods allows our body to go beyond just muscle stretching to reach the fascia (muscle lining) and connective tissue. Each posture brings an opportunity to observe the body, disengage the mind, and ultimately tune into the silence of meditation.

Restorative yoga has subtle effects on the body’s chemical balance and promotes a healthy function of the nervous system that can help alleviate chronic conditions, such as migraine headaches, insomnia, stress, and anxiety. This quiet practice sharpens intuition, strengthens our resolve, and cultivates compassion for us and for others.

 

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