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10.00 - 12.00 - Private clients-FULL
19.30 - 21.30 - Ashtanga Mysore Style, all levels
Ashtanga Yoga Wimbledon Home Studio, limited to 8 students, booking in advance advised
11.00 - 12.00 - Private clients -1 Vacancy
13.30 - 14.20 - Ashtanga level 1-2
19.30 - 21.30 - Ashtanga Mysore style, all levels
Ashtanga Yoga Wimbledon Home Studio, limited to 8 students. If you would like to drop-in to the beginners class, please call or email me first to discuss
10.00 - 12.30 - Private clients
13.45 - 14.45 - Ashtanga level 1-2
16.00 - 17.30 - Private clients
As taught by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois and R. Sharath Jois in Mysore, India, ashtanga is a dynamic style which builds tone, strength, flexibility, and facilitates a type of emotional containment that results in feeling at peace in the mind. One moves through the set vinyasa (synchronised movement/postures with breath) sequence, using breathing (ujjayi), energy locks (bandhas) and gazing points (drishti) to cultivate focus and inner reflection, and a state of meditation in movement (tristana). During a class you will work up a detoxifying sweat, whilst your mind is brought into focus, allowing an inner sensitivity to your body, mind, and emotions to unfold. In a led ashtanga class the teacher talks the class through the sequence together, usually using the traditional 'vinyasa count' (counting in Sanskrit), so the student learns the metronomic rhythm of the practice.
Ashtanga Mysore Style
A Mysore style class is how the practice is traditionally taught in Mysore, India, and is how I love to practice and teach. Usually run over a three hour time slot, this means you can arrive and leave anytime during the allotted class time, and the teacher helps you one-to-one within the group setting. Each student is taught to memorise the sequence which allows one to practice and progress at their own pace. The room maintains a peaceful silence apart from the sound of breathing. Beginners to advanced level practice together in the same room. Beginners will start with a 45--60 minute practise and build up to a 90-120 minute practise over time.
I am very much influenced by Iyengar yoga, as taught by B.K.S. Iyengar and Geeta Iyengar in Pune, India. When I teach students who are unable to practice more dynamically or who wish for something slower and more concise, I teach in this style.
This deeply restful style of yoga relieves stress and allows the body and mind to deeply relax and restore. It is an excellent balance to a dynamic yoga practice or for those with hectic lives or stress related issues. It teaches the body to relax fully, whilst remaining awake and alert, a skill which can be integrated into daily life. Surprisingly it leaves one feeling energised, as well as relaxed and refreshed. I regularly practice restorative in addition to my daily ashtanga practice, if my energy is low, if I feel run down, if I'm menstruating or if I need an energy boost. I love it! I teach in the style of Judith Hanson Lasater (Relax & Renew) and have a thorough knowledge of how to use props through my studies in Iyengar.
I teach my own style of vinyasa flow yoga, drawing heavily on the flowing aspect of ashtanga with the alignment and sequencing principles of Iyengar yoga.
Over the years I have taught many different types of people privately. As well as adults of all different body types (super stiff to hypermobile), I've taught beginners, injured, and advanced yoga teachers, as well as children and special needs children. I teach one-to-one in the home of the client or at my home studio. It's a great way to learn because of the detailed attention. My clients tend to be yoga teachers who need to refine their alignment and technique or busy career people or mums who don't have time to attend classes. The beauty of private yoga is that there is the scope to design a practice to suit the client, and one builds a close teacher/student relationship. It's one of my favourite ways to teach.
Call or email Sarai for more info, mobile 07710 819 485.