* * holiday schedule at viva: * *
* * Sunday dec 24th: no class, fri dec 29th - sun jan 14th: no led classes * *
normal schedule resumes mon jan 15th:
mon - open practice 12-1:30pm
tues/thrs 12:15-1:15pm - ashtanga improv
wed/fri 12:15-1:15 - half primary
sunday 10-11:30am - full primary
see updated class descriptions and pricing below
is a traditional system of yoga transmitted by the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. "Ashtanga" meaning eight limbs, is comprehensive system of yoga in which the physical practice is only one of the eight limbs. This physical practice is grouped into four series, each consisting of a set sequence of postures. Students advance through the series over time. The Ashtanga primary series is appropriate for all levels of practitioner. Other aspects of the eight limb practice are addressed in periodic workshops.
half primary series:
This class is great for beginner and advanced practitioners. The full primary series typically takes 90 minutes, so this 60 minute abbreviated version is a great introduction to the series. Traditionally all levels of Ashtanga practitioner do the primary series on Fridays. I also teach a full led primary at Santa Fe Thrive, Sundays 10-11:30am.
Drawing from the postures and sequencing of the first, second and third series of Ashtanga Yoga, this class offers variety, and exposure to new postures. For more advanced postures students will be instructed in safe modifications, making this class accessible to most students who have attended the half primary series. If you are not sure whether this class is appropriate for you, please ask.
intro to 2nd series:
Although the second series is traditionally taught only to more advanced practitioners with a strong primary series practice, this class is designed to be introductory. Whereas the primary series emphasizes forward bending, the second series emphasizes back bending. Because these two series complement each other so well, I like to offer this intro to all levels of practitioner, and I modify the more difficult poses accordingly.
In mysore-style practice, students arrive and depart on their own schedule within the practice session, and move through whichever series they are working on at their own pace. *Please note that at this time while I am trying to build a community of Ashtanga practitioners by focusing on led classes, the morning Mysore sessions are functioning as a practice group without an instructor, and are limited to members only. Please email me for details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to weekly classes, I also offer private lessons to individuals and small groups. Private lessons can be a great way to familiarize yourself with the practice before moving into a group setting, to address any questions or concerns you may have, or to work through injuries.
I found Ashtanga in 2004 at Bristol Yoga, VT, with authorized teacher Christine Hoar. I instantly fell in love with the practice. I chose to stay in Bristol for another five years apprenticing with Christine, who continues to be my main teacher. Following in her tradition, my teaching style focuses on connection to breath and bandhas, hands-on adjustments, and a joyful and mindful approach to the physical practice. I am also very grateful to have had the opportunity to practice with Sri K Pattabhi Jois during his annual visits to New York in the years preceding his death, and I have also studied extensively with Nancy Gilgoff, Tim Miller and with Louise Ellis in Rishikesh, India.
RATES (effective january 2017):
Drop-in - $15
Led 5/10 class passes - $60/120 (valid 3 months)
Mysore membership - $90 4wks unlimited
All class membership - $120 4wks unlimited
Private Lesson - $80 for 60min, $100 for 90min, +$20 to travel (within santa fe), +$20/additional student