Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga & all our Flow Classes

Heartsong Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Sheila Magalhaes, East Longmeadow, Springfield, Massachusetts Yoga Studio

Ashtanga Yoga is a hot, vigorous, flowing (vinyasa style) practice. While not a more advanced style of yoga, it often draws those looking for a more physically challenging pace but is accessible for all levels. Ashtanga 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 this meditation in motion, as you engage core muscles, work with a balanced steady breath, and enjoy the "bamboo room" heated to about 85 degrees. Beginners are always welcome, the classes are designed to be all levels.

While steeped in the traditional aspects of the Ashtanga system, we teach Ashtanga Vinyasa "Heartsong Yoga Style", inspired by our teacher Beryl Bender Birch of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute, and infused with teachings of other styles of yoga, including the heart of Kripalu Yoga.  Traditional Ashtanga Yoga has poses that unfold in specific sequences, practiced in a specific order. At Heartsong, you will find that traditional style, along with the opportunity to explore these practices in an eclectic, playful, and creative way, designed to be supportive to all students, of all levels, who come to classes to study at Heartsong. 

Ashtanga Full Primary Series (90 minutes) moves through the full traditional sequencing of postures for with plenty of options and modifications for the new as well and seasoned students to enjoy.
Ashtanga Primary
(75 minutes) offers the dynamic practice with options geared to the students in the room and for time, so it is accessible to new students. For those familiar with the practice, the class invites in meditation in motion for a quiet mind and a strong healthy body.
Ashtanga Present Power (75 minutes) offers a sequence that is mostly Primary Series but then adds postures to round out the practice that are considered back and shoulder therapy. All Levels.
Ashtanga Primary/Second (75 minutes) Sun Salutes and standing poses then transition to the postures from the 'second series" of Ashtanga Yoga, made accessible to the students who are in the room and modified for time.
Ashtanga Basics (60 minutes) offers a slower pace for beginners and those wanting to fine tune their practice. Focus on sun saltutes, standing postures and transitions.

Vinyasa Flow Yoga is inspired by Ashtanga Yoga, but with more creative sequencing, always a little different. All levels are welcome. The poses are not complicated, but they require focus and attention and a willingness to connect breath and movement uninterruptedly. Of course you will always be offered time to rest if you want it! (80 degrees). 

TGIFriday Flow (60 minutes) is an eclectic, creative flowing class done in a without extra heat! We welcome all levels.

Morning Yoga Flow (60 minutes) on Tuesday and Thursday mornings is from 7 to 8 am, a special dynamic morning routine designed to jump start your day, wake up your body and get your energy flowing! The room is warm, not hot, (about 75 degrees) and the sequence is based on Boomer Yoga, a balanced blend to wake up the body and move in all directions! All levels welcome to attend, doors open each day at 6:45 am. Come in ready to roll right at 7, we will be done promptly at 8.

Dynamic Flow (60 minutes) on Friday afternoons offers a playful challenging sequence of poses, all levels welcome, be prepared to move, groove and flow in a heated space.