Ashtanga & Vinyasa Flow variations
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Ashtanga Yoga is a hot, vigorous, flowing practice. While not a more advanced style of yoga, (beginners are always welcome) it often draws those looking for a more physically challenging pace. Ashtanga combines breath and movement in a specific sequence to create an intense internal heat and purifying sweat, and the result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm and quiet mind. Taught in a way known as a "led practice" Ashtanga Yoga begins with sun salutations, (known as Vinyasa, or connected movements with breath) followed by standing and then seated postures, (some focusing on forward folding, some focusing on backbends and twists) and ends with a closing sequence and rest. There are options, choices and modifications throughout, making it accessible to all.
We host Ashtanga Yoga classes daily, nights, and weekends.
New students are always welcome. Schedule at a glance
While steeped in the traditional aspects of the Ashtanga system, we teach Ashtanga Yoga "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 has poses that unfold in specific sequences, practiced in a specific order with attention to breath, count, and alignment. 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.
Classes that are inspired and influenced by Ashtanga Yoga
Ashtanga classes are traditional but modified to fit an hour.
Ashtanga Full Primary is an hour and 15 minutes and offers the full sequence in a dynamic flow, take rest if you need!
Present Power is a variation of Ashtanga that has a balanced sequence of forward bending, backbending, shoulder therapy and twists in an hour.
Vinyasa Flow and TGI Friday Flow classes are also hot and graceful classes based on "vinyasa" or continuous flow yoga practices and inspired by the sun salutations of Ashtanga Yoga. Each has it's own personality, all levels are welcome.
Morning Yoga Flow classes are a modification of Ashtanga's traditional sequence, called Boomer Yoga after our teacher Beryl Bender Birch's book by the same name. It's an hour of vinyasa flow that awakens all of the body and strengthens with forward bends, backward bends, twists for back and shoulder therapy. Zoom Only
Heartsong is proud to be an Affiliated School of the "Hard and The Soft Yoga Institute" and the teachings of Beryl Bender Birch. This style of yoga can be traced through the Krishnamacharya lineage and the "8 Limb Path of Yoga. It is the choice for those who are looking for a hot practice influenced by classical yoga philosophy, attention to breath, deep relaxation and meditation.
Learn more about Beryl Bender Birch
Choose your Ashtanga Yoga Class: Weekly Class Schedule