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.
Skills of Ancient India with Riki Warren
Delve into a vast array of traditional Hindu exercises from multiple disciplines including Kalaripayattu, Yoga, Kushti wrestling and Kathak in a weekly class led by Riki Warren. Movements will include Hindu push-ups, Hindu squats, animal locomotion patterns and mobility work. Drawing from thousands of years of ancient Indian culture, Riki will coach you through the practical progression and techniques for perfecting these postures and movements, that can serve to enhance your existing Yoga practice or as a daily movement practice.
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
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.
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.
The 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 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.