Ashtanga yoga sequences & poses

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Ashtanga

Series of poses combined with deep, controlled breathing.

Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois is a system of postures linked together by breath and movement. This is an ancient and powerful discipline for cultivating physical, mental, and spiritual health. Progressive techniques of breath, posture, and movement help to cleanse, stretch, and strengthen the body as well as focus and calm the mind. A deeper experience of the self becomes possible through consistent practice. The Ashtanga yoga practices offered here on Glo will guide you through the traditional Ashtanga series with occasional variations to help you grow your practice.

Yoga

Level 1 30 mins

Building on the sun salutations we learned in our first class, let's ease into downward facing dog. Next, we'll practice standing poses like triangle and extended side angle before coming down to the mat for bridge pose and savasana. Props Suggested: A block.

Yoga

Level 1 30 mins

Let's begin with the basics of Ashtanga Yoga: breath, gaze, movement, and observation. We'll build surya namasakara (sun salutations) from the ground up, then lie on our backs for a moment of observation and connection to our breathing, all leading into a nice savasana.

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Level 2 30 mins

Access deeper backbends through opening your hip flexors and shoulders with this dynamic sequence. Flowing salutations will explore anjaneyasana and its many variations, then approach backbends from the perspective of strength and stability. Learn a unique way of preparing for backbending before practicing dhanurasana, concluding with an optional inversion. Walk away feeling more invigorated and energized. Props Needed: A strap.

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Level 2-3 15 mins

This quick, strong practice will get you warmed up and into your shoulders quickly. Focus on dynamic ways to wake up your shoulders with stabilizing movements that help increase shoulder strength and awareness. A few sun salutations create some heat, followed by preparation and practice of pincha mayurasana using the wall. Cool down with shoulder stretches before a final rest in savasana. Props Needed: Wall space.

Yoga

Level 1-2 30 mins

Take an advanced practice and break it down in a safe, informative and nourishing way. Learn the essence of nadi shodhana, the nerve cleansing sequence, in an effective practice that will have you buzzing all day. Begin with basic salutations and standing poses, then explore accessible backbends, twists and strength poses. Props Suggested: A strap.

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Level 2-3 45 mins

The third series of Ashtanga yoga is very serious business! Intense hip openers, a long and vigorous sequence of arm balances and deep backbends. Luckily, it can be brought back to basics so that all students can enjoy the benefits of this challenging sequence. Begin with sun salutations to build heat, then flow into deep hip work, arm balancing to develop strength and fun backbends. Props Needed: A strap.

Yoga

Level 2 60 mins

Feel the energetic sensation of waking up your nervous system with a sequence that plays with the electricity of the second series. Learn a modified version of nadi shodona, which will leave your body energized! Begin with traditional sun salutations and standing poses to prepare you for different approaches to backbends using the wall. Explore deep shoulder stretches, arm balances and hip openers before cooling down. Props Needed: Two blankets, a block, a strap and wall space.

Yoga

Level 2-3 60 mins

Review the postures and concepts you learned in your first class, by repeating the practice. Repetition is the key to mastery in Ashtanga, so you'll continue to practice this segment for the rest of the week.

Yoga

Level 2-3 60 mins

Welcome to the first class of your program! Today you'll learn fundamental concepts and practices such as prana, apana, bandhas and ujjayi pranayama, then begin building surya namaskar A and B and a sequence of standing poses. This class will thoroughly break down each posture to prepare you for the rigorous flow sequences to come. Each practice in this program will be followed with finishing poses, beginning today with detailed padmasana instruction and advanced variations.

Yoga

Level 1 60 mins

This one is for you, beginners! Ashtanga yoga is the original vinyasa tradition. Today, you'll learn a flowing practice that will challenge your ability to stay focused on your breath. Move continuously through a strong and accessible sequence that introduces sun salutations, standing postures and sitting postures, including forward bends and twists. Finish with an introduction to headstand (no actual headstands yet!) that will help you build a strong foundation for your future practice.

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Level 2-3 30 mins

Explore movements that reveal an expansive, even liberating feeling as you practice backbends from simple upward dog to more advanced poses such as eka pada rajakapotasana (one-legged king pigeon). Working intelligently on the wave of your breath, find the edge of sensation that keeps you safe and strong. Simplify backbends by exploring them as movements that incorporate your shoulders, spine, pelvic floor, quads and hamstrings. Work these muscle groups in a flowing form for deeply satisfying backbends. Props Needed: A block and a strap.

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Level 2 60 mins

Downward Dog is truly man's best friend! Especially when you discover the no-longer-secret internal movements that make this pose a meditation on your central channel. Learn correct shoulder, spine, and head movement as you explore different ways of approaching Adho Mukha Svanasana to feel its many levels of concentration. Postures that complement and enhance downward dog will be tied into the vinyasa movements in and out of the pose.

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