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Mysore Style
The term "Mysore style" refers to the way Ashtanga Yoga was taught by Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois in the city of Mysore, India. In Mysore style class, each student is taught individually. In other words, he or she is given a one-on-one lesson within a group setting. This method of teaching is appropriate for both experienced practitioners and those new to yoga. Students are encouraged to practice daily and make a monthly commitment in order to memorize the traditional sequence and develop a personal practice.

Students may begin practicing any time after the posted start time provided they finish by the end of class. New students attending Mysore class should allow 30 to 45 minutes for practice. As strength and stamina build more of the sequence will be taught and one’s practice will gradually lengthen.

Guided Full Primary Class
In this 90-minute class, students will be guided through the entire Ashtanga primary series, including sun salutations, standing postures, seated postures, backbends, inversions, and finishing postures. Because the class will be led in the traditional Sanskrit count with fewer verbal instructions than our other classes, it is best suited for students with some Ashtanga experience.

Guided Half Primary Class
Students are taken through the first half of the Ashtanga primary series as a group. This includes sun salutations, standing postures, some seated postures, backbends, and finishing postures. Although all are welcome, the guided class is most appropriate for students with some yoga experience.

Guided Quarter Primary Class
A shorter slower paced class. Students are taken through part of the Ashtanga primary series as a group. This includes sun salutations, standing postures, some seated postures, backbends, and basic finishing postures. This class is appropriate for all levels.

Guided Beginner Class
A slower paced class covering the fundamental postures and techniques of Ashtanga Yoga. This course is recommended to those who are new to yoga or new to the Ashtanga yoga method.

Intro Ashtanga Class
3 week session
Mondays at 7:00pm-8:00pm
December 2nd - December 16th
Fee: $48 for 3 classes

The intro class is designed for students with little or no yoga experience. This course introduces Ashtanga yoga in a slow, safe and comprehensive manner. The focus of the course is the development of a self practice. Students will learn the order and sequencing of the basic postures and how to focus on breath and movement. The series is progressive, layering one class on top of the next. At the end of the series, students will be prepared with the skills and knowledge to attend any class at Woodley Park Yoga.

Space is limited.

Register for series:

Krista Shirley Workshop - February 1st & 2nd

Krista Shirley Workshop

Register for the full weekend: $150 (Cancellation policy: No refunds after January 1st)

Saturday, February 1st, 11:00am - 1:00pm: Functional Anatomy
What muscles are you using to do a sun salutation, backbend, or plank? Developing the body awareness and control needed to correctly activate and successfully perform yoga movements can help you to avoid in-balances and injuries caused by lack of body awareness, compensation of body mechanics and lack of body control. In this workshop, Krista will guide you in exploring the body in a way that highlights how to work with your strengths and weaknesses to create a balance of body mechanics and enjoy a safe and effective yoga practice. Suitable for all levels.

Register for the individual session: $45

Saturday, February 1st, 2:00 - 4:00pm: Breath, Bandhas, Drishti (BBD)
Deep breathing with sound gives us body and mind control. Bandhas are internal muscular and energetic centers, that, when activated and engaged pull our attention within. Mastery of bandhas enables us to gain strength from the inside out, which, over time, gives us complete body control. Drishti’s are gaze points to direct our attention during asana practice. In order to successfully progress in our practice, we must understand the concepts and learn how to apply them in our asana practice. But how? Spend the afternoon with Krista exploring these invaluable concepts in depth, and learning how to apply them in the asanas of primary series. Serious work and some serious fun! Suitable for all levels.

Register for the individual session: $45

Sunday, February 2nd, 11:00am - 1:00pm: Ashtanga Primary Series - Yoga Chikitsa (Yoga Therapy)
This traditional Sanskrit counted class will explore the fundamentals of the Ashtanga Yoga Method in a led/guided classroom setting. The Vinyasa system, expanding the breath, and the principles of the bandhas and drishti. Experience continuous movement with breath learning the harmonious flow of the first series in its traditional form. Primary Series will cover the Sun Salutation, standing postures, seated postures and all finishing postures from the Ashtanga Yoga tradition. This class is recommended for those already exposed to Ashtanga Yoga practice.

Register for the individual session: $45

Sunday, February 2nd, 2:00pm - 4:00pm: Meditation and Pranayama
Spend these hours with Krista learning how to incorporate pranayama and meditation into your life, which benefit our moods, our bodies, and our Ashtanga practice. This session will help you better understand your breath, considered the most vital process in the entire body, for it is the link to all aspects of our human experience. Pranayama practice helps us to learn how to deepen our control of the breath, enabling the practitioner to control prana (energy). The control of prana through control over breath is Pranayama, and consistent practice will open the door to our ability to control the body, mind, and soul. We will end our session with seated meditation practice, exploring ways to calm and quiet the mind and body. Suitable for all levels.

Register for the individual session: $45

Please email elsie@woodleyparkyoga.com if you have questions. The workshop fee is not refundable.




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2625 Connecticut Ave, NW   
Washington, DC 20008   


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