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ASHTANGA

Ashtanga is accessible to everyone of all ages from individuals new to yoga to those who have been practicing for years. Instruction is given from teacher to student on an individual bases. Poses are added to an individuals practice as they gain strength and flexibility.

 

Mysore is the traditional way of learning Ashtanga yoga, named after the city in India where Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, the guru of Ashtanga Yoga, lived. The lineage is now held by Jois’ grandson, Sharath Jois.

WHO IS MYSORE FOR

Mysore is for everyone who is willing and eager to start their own yoga practice. In the beginning you get a small portion of the Ashtanga Yoga sequence, adding poses as you and your teacher see fit.

IS MYSORE A 4-5 HOUR CLASS

Mysore times are open practice sessions. You can arrive anytime as long as you have time to finish prior to the end of session.

DO I NEED TO KNOW THE SEQUENCE

No, Mysore class is where you learn the poses from the teacher. You will learn the sequence and commit it to memory as you progress through the practice, developing your own personal spiritual practice.

BEGINNERS

Mysore Classes are the best place to start. As a beginner you are the most important person in the room. The teacher helps guide you safely through the Ashtanga Yoga sequence. Taking pieces of the practice a little at a time to aid you in building the strength and flexibility you need to continue your Ashtanga journey.

Half Primary Series


This class is taught by:

Janell Breck

Janell has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga for 11 years. She completed Valerie Schneiderman's teacher training program in spring of 2012 and have been teaching at The Yoga Shala and privately since then. Janell loves being a part of the practice community. Community provides a place to go each and every day where people are seeking more balance and peace within and doing the work to better themselves so they can then go out into the world and be of service to others.
RYT-200

Jean Wriedt

Jean is an avid student of yoga, violin and energy medicine. She is an experienced teacher in each of these disciplines. A graduate of Yale University, she has nearly completed a three year 200 hour teaching certification with Beryl Bender Birch and has completed a primary series training with Tim Miller. In addition, she is grateful to Val and many other teachers who have inspired her. Jean is also an accomplished violinist having performed in orchestras in Canada, Germany and the US. Through her daily work as a teacher, Jean hopes to contribute to the healing of the earth, her people and all living beings everywhere. (RYT-200)

Bev Leighton

Beverly was introduced to the Ashtanga practice over ten years ago by her yoga colleague and long time friend Oni Ingber. She has been practicing at The Yoga Shala ever since. She has been teaching in Fairfield County since completing her RYT200 with Valerie in 2010.

After traveling to India in 2016, Beverly made some realizations about the benefits of good karma and firmly believes if more people could find time in their busy day to set aside to practice and/or meditate, the world would be a much better place. She feels fortunate to be able to pass as much of this wonderful practice as possible onto others.

The idea of concentration and focusing inward, has helped to expand her awareness to an increased responsibility to live in alignment with the person she is meant to be. Raising two beautiful daughters in sometimes not such easy circumstances, working long hours at her other jobs, the practice of yoga has helped to shift her life experience for the better, by providing her with patience, balance and peace. For that she has the utmost gratitude.

The Primary Series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is also called Yoga Chikitsa, or yogic cleansing program. Utilizing Breath/Bandhas, Postures and Drishti, students are led through a continuous Vinyasa series that cleanses and detoxifies the body while creating strength and flexibility.  In this class, we will move through Half of the Seated Primary Series Postures, based on the level of students in the room.


Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Nov 19 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Janell Breck
  • Tue Nov 20 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Janell Breck
  • Wed Nov 21 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Jean Wriedt
  • Mon Nov 26 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Janell Breck
  • Tue Nov 27 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Janell Breck
  • Wed Nov 28 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Jean Wriedt
  • Thu Nov 29 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Janell Breck
  • Fri Nov 30 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Bev Leighton
  • Mon Dec 03 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Janell Breck
  • Tue Dec 04 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Janell Breck
  • Wed Dec 05 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Jean Wriedt
  • Thu Dec 06 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Janell Breck
  • Mon Dec 10 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Janell Breck
  • Tue Dec 11 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Janell Breck
  • Wed Dec 12 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Jean Wriedt
  • Thu Dec 13 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Janell Breck
  • Fri Dec 14 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Bev Leighton