Ashtanga & Vinyasa Flow variations
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.
While not an "advanced" style of yoga, it can feel more physical, and these classes generate a lot of sweat! Heartsong Yoga specializes in introducing new students to Ashtanga, even those who have never done yoga before! We practice in a heated room, (about 85 degrees) and the other elements of this style of yoga, breath and core stability, keep the heat up throughout the class.
We host Ashtanga Yoga classes daily, nights, and weekends. New students are always welcome.
While steeped in the traditional aspects of the Ashtanga system, we often say that 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 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, who come to classes to study at Heartsong.
Classes that are inspired and influenced by Ashtanga Yoga
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. (The room is heated) Each has it's own personality. Look for some amazing inspirations and great music on Friday night's TGIF class, and a slow flow graceful breath and movement class on Wednesday night's class.
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.
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