Ashtanga

We offer multiple avenues to explore your Ashtanga practice at Cherry Blossom Yoga. In addition to the led classes below, we offer Mysore for self-practice and Moon Sequence on special occasion.

INTRO TO ASHTANGA - Level 1/2

For those who aren't familiar with the Ashtanga Primary Series, this class is perfect to get your feet wet and familiarize yourself with the series. Taken at a slower pace than the full Led Primary, as well as a shorter length of class time, you will be introduced to the sequence at a more accessible and exploratory pace. This class will take you through the foundation of the Ashtanga system: breath, bandhas (energetic seals), postures, and drishti (focal gaze).

Each class will begin with Sun Salutations and Standing Postures, leading into a few postures in the seated portion, then ending with the closing sequence and savasana (resting/corpse pose). It is important to build a strong foundation in the standing portion of the Primary Series, as the strength and openness you cultivate will facilitate your development in the later seated postures.

*Yoga experience recommended. No Ashtanga experience required.

**NOT for Raw Beginners

***Open to experienced Ashtangis in order to fine-tune your Ashtanga experience in a more workshop-style setting.

 

ASHTANGA-FUSION FLOW - Level 1/2

The perfect blend of the various Ashtanga sequences for a fully balanced class (salutations, standing, seated forward folds and back bends, twists, inversions and occasional arm balance). Keeping true to the traditional 5 counts per posture, and utilizing the connection of breath and movement in a structured sequence of postures, this class will pull from any of the Ashtanga yoga sequences, including Primary, Second, Advanced A/B, Moon, Lion, Bound, and Flying.

*Prenatal practitioners also welcome with prior yoga experience

  

ASHTANGA: Roots Series (Lvl 1 and Lvl 2) - Level 1/2

This is a special series we often offer during the summer months.

In Ashtanga: Roots Lvl 1 you'll work on fundamentals of asana, philosophy, pranayama, and meditation that embody the essence of an 8-limbed practice. Starting from the basics of breathing on week 1, you'll mindfully and strategically move through an exploration of the Ashtanga Primary Series. Each week will include the previous weeks' learnings and build upon it. It is highly encouraged to attend each week, if possible, but not required if your schedule does not permit. This series is suitable for those newer to Ashtanga, newer to yoga, and Ashtanga veterans wanting to deepen their understanding of the fundamentals.

In Ashtanga: Roots Lvl 2, you'll continue developing your Ashtanga-Vinyasa practice with more emphasis on the deeper postures of the Primary Series after a foundation has been established in Intro to Ashtanga. This class will offer you an opportunity to build on the dynamic energy of the Ashtanga-Vinyasa style of yoga, cultivating stamina and strength, and preparing you for the Ashtanga Short Form and Led Primary Series classes.

**Lvl 2 NOT for Raw Beginners

 

LED PRIMARY SERIES - Level 3

This vigorous, athletic, flowing style of yoga as taught by Sri K Pattabhi Jois, is considered the best practice for both mind and body. Ashtanga Yoga ultimately becomes meditation in motion, as well as improving overall fitness and health, as you develop proficiency. Also known as Yoga Chikitsa (Yoga Therapy), this flowing set sequence of postures utilizes ujjayi breath and bandhas (energy seals) to increase muscular strength, flexibility, concentration, and to deepen one's connection to the Self.

*Prenatal practitioners also welcome with prior yoga experience

  

SECOND SERIES - Level 3/4+

On special occasion, we offer an Intro to Second Series or Led Second Series Short Form. These are always announced in advance. Same restrictions above apply for Intro and Led, respectively.

The Ashtanga Second Series (Intermediate Series, Nadi Shodhana) builds upon the foundations of strength and flexibility cultivated in the Primary Series. This series emphasizes cleansing of the nadis through a progressive back bending set of postures, followed by deep hip rotation and arm balances, ending with seven headstands. The closing inversion sequence is the same as seen in the Primary Series practice. Often times, the closing back bending sequence will also time take to explore the fundamentals of dropping back.

*Prenatal practitioners also welcome with prior Ashtanga experience.