Ashtanga Vinyasa Weekly Classes in Rishikesh
Best described as a self practice in a group setting, Mysore style is the traditional way that the Ashtanga Vinyasa system of yoga is learned.
Led Ashtanga Full Primary
Students are guided through the full Ashtanga Primary Series by the teacher in a led class setting. Known as Yoga Chikitsa (Yoga Therapy), the Primary Series of the Ashtanga Vinyasa system of yoga is a vigorous and dynamic practice that focuses on the synchronisation of breath and movement. It is designed to create a purifying heat within the body that burns away all impurities in preparation for higher practices of yoga. Participants move through a series of asanas, jumping from one posture to another building heat, endurance, flexibility, strength and mental focus. The Led Ashtanga Full Primary Series class covers all the elements of Primary Series, including vinyasa, Sun Salutations, standing postures, seated postures, and finishing postures.
Modified Led Primary Series - Beginners
Students are guided through half of the Ashtanga Primary Series by the teacher in a led class setting using cues, verbal instructions, and adjustments. This class is ideal for those who are beginners or are new to Ashtanga yoga.
Classes cover a the theory and practice of a variety of Pranayama techniques that work on both the gross and subtle levels of the body, purifying and balancing the physical and energetic bodies. Classes present revised and practical pranayamas that are more applicable to the modern yogi without compromising the integrity of these ancient traditions. Students discover and learn to work with their prana (or life force energy) via the breath using safe and effective methods. By learning about their individual breath, including ratios and capacities, students work deeply to fortify the body and bring peace to the mind.
An ancient technique of self-exploration and inner growth through deep relaxation. Yoga Nidra, or “yogic sleep”, is a powerful guided self hypnosis meditation technique that helps you move deeply through your subconscious to process unresolved conflicts and bring inner harmony and peace. Through the processes of yoga nidra, you will learn to become a peaceful observer of the ever changing tides of consciousness.
Deeply relaxing, the practice will consist of pranayama (breathing exercises), and guided meditation in a restorative position. Students rest comfortably in savasana as the teacher guides them through detailed full physical body relaxation before leading students deeper into the energy body and on visualisationjourneys into the space between the subconscious and the unconscious. By practicing yoga nidra, you will be guided into direct experience and observation of the constant movement of your core beliefs, emotions and thoughts. With enhanced inner insight, you will learn to identify and act from the needs of your true and authentic self.
Yoga Nidra is currently being used by therapists and yoga instructors world wide as more people discover its benefits. Benefits include: releasing of three kinds of tension - muscular, emotional and mental; reduced stress; enhanced memory and learning capacity; awakened creativity; releasing repressed matter and increasing of willpower. This class is suitable for all levels.
Meditation is the simple and direct practice of moment to moment mindfulness. Through careful and sustained observation we experience the ever changing flow of the mind/body process. With cultivated awareness, we are able to accept more openly the pleasure and pain, fear and joy, and sadness and happiness that inevitable occur in life. Meditation classes offer a wide variety of methods to bring peace and equanimity to the mind. Some of the meditation techniques taught include breath and full body awareness, chakra meditations, cleansing meditations such as trataka, Osho meditations, silent meditation, guided visualization, mantra meditations, object concentration and many more.
The practice of meditation brings deep internal awareness, quiets the fluctuations of the mind, and brings sustainable peace to the practitioner. As insight into ourselves depends, we develop greater equanimity and peace in the face of change. Wisdom and compassion increasingly become the guiding principles in our lives. Blankets are provided. Students are welcome to bring their own cushions. This class is suitable for all levels.
Kriyas and Satkarma
Kriya and Satkarma are powerful cleansing techniques used by yogis to deeply purify the body and to transcend the barriers in the relationship with the body. There are various methods used to cleanse the body, some more intense than others. Dhauti, Basti, Neti, Trataka, Nauli, and Kapalabhati are the six purification processes. These ancient practices are the Satkarms (six activities known as Kriyas), which open the pathways of the body, the nadis, the energy body, the mind, and the heart. These powerful exercises use a combination of energetic breath and movements. Traditionally yogis perform Satkarmas prior to asana or other yoga practices.
This helps to unplug the limitations instilled by social conditioning, open the energy channels, activate the energy enters, and to also unburden the physical body of accumulated obstructions and toxins. In this class you will learn how and when to perform Satkarma in order to create a clear foundation from which you can deepen your yoga practice. The class covers some of the fundamental cleansing practices, including Sutra Neti, Jala Neti, Vaman, and Shana Prakshalana. After doing these practices, the yogi will feel detoxified, lighter, clearer, and rejuvenated.
Hatha yoga classes integrate a sequences of asanas from the traditional Hatha system of yoga to balance the lunar and solar energies in the practitioner, bringing health and peace to the body and mind. These classes are a gentler way to strengthen and open the body in preparation for the higher limbs of yoga.
Restorative yoga classes use techniques from Yin and Hatha systems of yoga to gently work into the deeper parts of the body, opening and releasing tension held in the muscles, organs, and lymphatic system. A perfect supplement to the more rigorous Ashtanga practice and a perfect practice just on its own to relax and restore the body and mind.