Ashtanga Vinyasa & Power Flow variations

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

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga combines breath and movement in a specific way designed to create an intense internal heat and purifying sweat. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm and quiet mind. We teach Ashtanga Vinyasa in a style known as "led practice” as new and seasoned students are guided together through a balanced sequence of traditional postures emphasizing the count, technique and proper alignment. Classes always begin with an invocation of gratitude and sun salutations, followed by standing and seated postures focusing on forward bending, back bending and twists, or a combination of all, and end with a closing sequence, deep relaxation and mindful meditation.

The classes are hot and flowing, perfect for students looking for classical yoga with a more physical challenge. We practice in a quiet heated room, (about 85 degrees) and the elements of this style of yoga, breath and core stability, keep the internal heat up throughout the class. In an Ashtanga Vinyasa sequence each asana (posture) builds mindfully from the previous pose and prepares for the next. The postures are strengthening, toning and cleansing for the muscles, joints and internal organs. Students are encouraged to turn inward, minimizing competition and distraction while quieting the mind to create a meditation in motion. When practiced over a long period of time with passion and heart, this style of yoga becomes a transformative experience both physically and mentally.

While not an "advanced" style of yoga,  Ashtanga Vinyasa can feel challenging and invigorating, but all of the classes are suitable for all levels. Heartsong’s teachers will skillfully lead the the class in unison, offering options, choices and modifications throughout to make the practice accessible to everyone in the room, even those who have never done yoga before. One of the many gifts of this style of yoga is that through practice and repetition, you will learn the sequence and be able to enjoy your practice yoga anywhere, anytime, on your own.

A description I like: Ashtanga is great for those who like order, repetition, and a physically demanding yoga.  While some might find the repetitiveness boring, others use it for focus.  You won't get bored, you'll get better!

We host Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga classes daily, nights, and weekends. New students are always welcome, and no pre registration is required. The 60 and 75 minute classes are designed to be a little less intense, and the 90 minute classes offer plenty of options and time to rest along the way, so choose the class that fits your schedule, jump in, and begin your life long love affair with Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.    Find your perfect Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Class here.

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. At Heartsong, you will find that traditional style, with attention to breath, pacing, and alignment, 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 Vinyasa Yoga:

Heartsong's Flow Yoga classes are flowing Vinyasa "breath connected to movement" classes inspired by Ashtanga, but with more eclectic sequencing. The poses are not complicated, but they require focus and attention and a willingness to breathe, move, and flow uninterruptedly in the heated room. All levels welcome.
TGIFriday Flow is a creative one hour flow class done without extra heat, welcoming all levels.
Morning Yoga Flow is on Tuesday and Thursday mornings 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 in a warm room, for all levels.

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 Classical 8 Limb Yoga path of Patanjali. 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.
For more about Beryl Bender Birch visit here.