Intro to Ashtanga Yoga
This intro class will teach you the fundamentals of Ashtanga Yoga over an eight-week period. It is taught by two, young, talented teachers from India, Sonal and Sandeep Sharma. This is an entry level Ashtanga Yoga class, and you will progress at your individual pace, with individual guidance from the teachers, in a small class environment. This class will be held on Zoom, and each course is limited to five people.
One-Hour Asana Practice
This is for those who do not have time for a 1.5 hour Ashtanga Yoga class, or are looking for a less vigorous yoga experience. We will be practicing asanas from both primary and intermediate series, but the order of the sequence slightly different. Inversions comes earlier, there are less jump backs and jump throughs, and fewer lotus or half lotus positions. It is an all-levels class, and though challenging, is less so than an Ashtanga Yoga class.
Kriyas, Bandhas, and Mudras
Kriyas, bandhas, and mudras are the foundational, energetic, and purificatory practices of Hatha Yoga. Generally speaking, the ones taught in this class stimulate digestive function, and teach the inner muscle contractions that are key for the internal practices of yoga asanas, namely mula and uddiyana bandha. Though this is an all-levels practice with minimal breath holds, and suitable for beginners, the simplicity of the class may not be interesting for those experienced in these practices. However, all are welcome.
If you are not familiar with Ashtanga Yoga and are new to yoga, it is a good idea to start off with the Intro class before taking this one. Those experienced in yoga but not familiar with Ashtanga Yoga are welcome to try. Please stop when tired, and exercise caution with poses that are unfamiliar to you. For more information on the Primary Series, please see the Primary Series page.
Primary Series and Half Intermediate/Middle Section of Intermediate
This class will go through the entirety of the primary series, and then continue on to the first half of the Intermediate series up until Kapotasana. Students who are practicing only Primary Series are welcome to attend this class, and stop at whatever point in their practices they have learned up to, or carefully try some new poses if they like. The Friday class will cover the asanas in the middle portion of the Intermediate Series, from Bakasana to Eka Pada Shirshasana.
Ability to practice the Ashtanga Yoga Intermediate Sequence up to Dwi Pada Shirshasana is necessary in order to participate in this class. Because of the slightly difficult nature of this class, your video must be turned on so I can see who is attending, and if anyone needs to stop at any particular posture.
Evening Yoga Therapy and Yoga Nidra
The Evening Yoga Therapy class includes about 45 minutes of yoga postures, ten minutes of breathing practices, and a five minute relaxation practice. The sequences will slightly change with each class, but expect there to be some repetition of postures. The Yoga Nidra class will be a 45 minute class that primarily will be using five element and five body meditations to calm the nervous system and create inner states of awareness.
The Conscious Breath is a 12-part series created for Deepak Chopra’s Chopra Well channel on YouTube. The series is a beginner level pranayama course, but there is a lot of practical and philosophical information contained it is as well. You can see the series ad-free on Eddie’s IGTV (@eddiestern on Instagram).
Yoga Sutra Study Group
This will be an ongoing Yoga Sutra study group. The primary text we will use is Swami Hariharananda’s Yoga Philosophy of Patanjali. Next course on the Sadhana Pada begins late November.