Types of classes we share
Rocket 1 is an all level series that rearranges the Standing Primary Series asana into a flow of postures that keeps the transitions all on one side before shifting to the left side. It is a jolt to the bodies vital energies and it creates a spike in the nervous system. This is a series that is mainly standing series asana with only a few seated poses with a focus on strengthening the legs, shoulders and abdominals.
All levels enjoy this practice and flow. The students are allowed to remove postures of difficulty like half lotus postures and intense flexibility postures like Supta Kurmasana. Binds can be also modified with straps and blocks. There is no strict attitude or restrictions on what a student needs to find comfort within themselves.
Rocket 2 is more intermediate/advanced series that follow a modified 2nd series with Advanced A & B Postures added in as transitions between the base line of postures that any Ashtangi would recognize as a half 2nd series.
The typical postures that are chosen from the Advance series are the inversions and deeper hip openers. There is also a ton of specific transitions that students may choose from to make the practice more challenging or more modified.
Rocket 3 is a combination of the Rocket 1 and Rocket 2 sequences. It is fast paced, and combines fun transitions from Ashtanga's 1st through 3rd series'. Be ready to sweat, get upside-down, and have a good time!
Strength Drills consist of exercises focused on arms, chest, back & side body, and abdomen. It is designed to create more strength to contribute towards our daily yoga practices.
Ashtanga Primary Series
The Ashtanga Primary Series is called Yoga Chikitsa, meaning yoga therapy, because of the cleansing and toning effect it has on both body and mind.
On a physical level the asanas (poses) of the Primary Series build strength and flexibility in the body, loosening tight muscles and realigning and detoxifying the body and nervous system. The series begins with forward bends, then twists and hip openers with a vinyasa between each asana.
On a mental level, through regular practice focus, willpower, mind-body awareness and confidence are improved as we overcome the mental obstacles to our practice. On a subtle level the Primary series works therapeutically to clear obstacles in the energy channels in the body (known as Nadis).
This clearing of obstacles allows the Prana to flow more freely so the body and mind are therefore allowed to work more effectively.
Ashtanga Intermediate Series
The Ashtanga Intermediate Series or second series, is known as Nadi Shodhana – meaning Nerve Cleansing. This is because of the focus on backbend asanas. The backbends encourage and maintain the suppleness of the spine and as well as working on opening the energy channels allowing Prana to flow freely. (Nadi Shodhana is also the name given to Alternate Nostril Pranayama).
While some of the earlier asanas in the sequence may be familiar to many (Locust Pose for example) the Intermediate series sequence moves onto more intense backbends, hip opening poses and headstand variations.
The poses have their own health benefits and challenges but the specific combination of the poses works strongly on the nervous system, so it can have a very different effect on the body than the Primary series or other dynamic yoga classes. It’s therefore really important to end your practice with a long Savasana and as you start out practising the Intermediate series begin on a day when you don’t have too much going on.
Restorative Yoga enables deep relaxation as you hold postures for longer period of time with the help of bunch of props to completely support you.
The classes are slow, gentle and calming. This practice is great to balance out your active yoga practice or busy life style. It gently leads you to switch off completely so that you can rest at a deeper level.
Movement is about listening to your body. When you empty the mind and let the body to guide you, it reveals itself to you and liberates you. It requires burning curiosity, open heart, consistency, and desire to live fully in the present moment.
This class is a wild invitation for you to explore unknown fields that you never knew existed. We have fun by experimenting different techniques and ideas of movements so that you can increase variety of expressions over time. Consider this class as a laboratory. A safe place for self-exploration. It’s an ideal complement for asana practice.
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