ashtanga yoga classes

At triyoga we offer over 70 Ashtanga classes a week across 5 locations in London. We offer led classes and Mysore style self practice classes, taught by some of the UK’s leading teachers. So whether you are a complete beginner or an advanced student, we have an Ashtanga class for you.

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Ashtanga yoga faqs

Q. What is Ashtanga?

Ashtanga Yoga is a dynamic yoga method created by Sri K Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India in the mid 20th Century. Ashtanga teachers lead students through the same sequence of postures that start with sun salutations before moving on to standing postures, seated postures, the finishing sequence and finally relaxation. For some, Ashtanga Yoga is a spiritual practice while for others it is more physical. Why ever you come to the mat, the Ashtanga practice is an opportunity to release the mind from every day distractions and maybe even sets you on a path of self discovery.

The Ashtanga system might look very physical but it has a strong philosophical foundation in the Yoga Sutras, a text compiled by Patanjali in around 200 CE.* The Sutras famously outline the eight limbs of yoga — the yamas (observances and behaviours), the niyamas (principles we should follow in our daily lives,) asana (posture), pranayama (breath work,) pratyahara (sense withdrawal,) dharana (concentration,) dhyana (meditation,) and samadhi (absorption into the Universal.)

*The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali” by Edwin Bryant. Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 2009

Q. What can I expect from an Ashtanga class?

Ashtanga is an energetic practice and you might sweat and and even huff and puff a bit.  The experienced Ashtanga teachers at triyoga teach from the Primary Series (known as Yoga Chikitsa, or yoga therapy) that is comprised mostly of forward bends. The postures are connected with vinyasas, or “jump backs” and “jump throughs.” What is beautiful about the method is the breathing technique where every inhale and every exhale is linked to a specific movement. The breath, the vinyasas and the postures heat the body from the inside out and the body is realigned and detoxified. An inner strength is developed as your general health, well-being and mood are lifted.

Learn more about the fundamentals of the practice by watching the video below featuring Ashtanga teacher Corrie Ananda Preece.

Q. Are Ashtanga classes at triyoga suitable for beginners?

Absolutely. You might feel challenged by the newness of what is being taught, but we are all beginners at one point or another and like any new practice it takes time and commitment for things to grow a little easier. It is not the body’s limitations that are the problem, it’s often said in Ashtanga, but the rigidity of our thinking habits. Not only will your body become stronger and healthier, but any limiting thought patterns also begin to shift, making life that much easier.

Q. Does triyoga have Ashtanga classes for advanced students?

We do! In every centre we have classes that teach the full primary series – 46 postures plus the closing sequence. The class is counted in Sanskrit. It is particularly suited to Mysore practitioners to help them refine their technique.

Q. What is the difference between an Ashtanga Class and Mysore Self Practice?

Quite a lot. A Mysore class is not led but rather students practice at their own pace and rhythm. Sometimes described as a one-to-one private class in a group setting, the teacher travels the room quietly helping with physical adjustments and verbal instruction. You’ll be in a room with students of varying abilities from beginner to the more experienced who might be practicing the Intermediate series or even Third Series. Mysore students come at any time during the session and practice can last anywhere from 30 minutes for a beginner to 90 minutes for someone more experienced.

Q. How much do Ashtanga classes cost at triyoga?

You can attend any Ashtanga or Mysore self practice class with any of our class pricing options. View all pricing options here. If you’re new to triyoga we recommend:

30 days of unlimited classes for £54 or you can try one class with a 1 class pass for £17

class levels

what do the class levels mean?

Classes are divided into styles of yoga, but also levels. Check with your teacher before moving up a level and always inform your teacher if you are pregnant or have any injuries.

open level

Open to all levels from beginners to more experienced. The teacher adapts the class according to the students.

level 1

Open to complete beginners, those in the initial stages of yoga practice or those seeking a gentler asana practice. You will learn the fundamentals of yoga.

level 1-2

Builds on the foundational blocks that are established in a Level 1 class. A working knowledge of yoga principles is expected.

level 2

Works on deeper physical and psychological level. Introduces more sophisticated practices that may include more challenging postures (inversions, deeper backbends) as well as pranayama, mudra and meditation. Not suitable for beginners.

level 2-3

Teaches more difficult postures and breathing techniques. Assumes an understanding of the gross as well as subtle aspects of practice.

level 3

A challenging class for the experienced student who possesses deep awareness on both a physical and mental level. Definitely not for the faint-hearted.