At AYPR, we suggest students find the best path to begin their journey into yoga postures. Many students with basic athletic skills, moderate levels of endurance, and no pre-existing physical conditions can start the yoga asana practice with our "Modified Primary" class. This class will challenge the student with its dynamic format and quickly students will see an increase in their all their basic skills. Many students who begin yoga asana without certain levels of physical fitness or may be using yoga as a recovery from physical conditions, which will require more individualized assessment from the yoga facilitator, should consider starting with "Mysore" yoga practice. This format is much more suited for students who are older and seeking a less vigorous style of yoga asana. Also students recovering from surgery or injury should consider Mysore style classes until their bodies are ready for the more vigorous group classes. Private Classes can also be scheduled in the studio for students who need even more individualized care and attention. Below we have a full description of all classes offered at AYPR:
Modified Primary Series ~ MPS
A modification of the primary series including both standing and seated postures. The first part of your class will start with a warm-up series called the sun salutations to build up heat. Standing series postures will be practice in a way to promote balance and symmetry in the body and aid in the process of detoxification and tuning of the body. The final part of class is a deeper focus on seated postures with the intention of keeping poses modified and accessible to each student's individual level. A seated meditation will conclude the practice and focus the proper intention into the student through visualization and other concentration techniques. This class introduces the students to the breathing and movement techniques used specifically in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Many challenging postures that stress the knees and hips are removed to honor the breath and fluid movements. Although this is a beginners level we suggest students who are looking for slow paced yoga with extreme detail to alignment or a style of yoga that is for injury recovery start with the Mysore classes. All students are welcome to go at their own level.(1 hour class)
All levels participate in one class. Having some basic knowledge of Vinyasa practice and preferably experienced in basic Ashtanga Vinyasa. Students looking to advance their physical practice will be given new postures to work with and beginners can continue to modify their practice, but enjoy a new and refreshing sequence of yoga postures that creates the basic building blocks for all Vinyasa/Power yoga styles. The Rocket 1 features traditional poses and variations from the primary, intermediate, and advanced series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. This is a higher paced class that begins to introduce the students to the pace of the Rocket 2 Series. Great Intermediate class! ( 1 hour and 15 mins)
Traditional Full Primary Series
The first series of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga as traditionally taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. This is a vigorous class that aims to bring the body in to a very particular sequence of postures. Know as one of the stronger styles of yoga. This class can be taken by beginners to advanced physical levels, but the intention of the class is to learn proper breath and movement counts with completion of yoga asana void of modification. We suggest this practice as part of the Mysore program to help back up the learning of traditional counts. At AYPR Yoga we do allow modifications for students who are suffering from injuries or other restrictions. Please alert your teacher of any conditions to better prepare the approach to the practice. There will be counting in Sanskrit and less verbal dialog to stay in the heart of traditional Ashtanga Yoga. (72 postures/ 1 hour and 30 mins)
An intermediate/advanced series including variations of poses from the second and third series of the Ashtanga yoga system. This class is only recommended for students with previous experience vinyasa practice or someone looking for an adventure. With a promise to get the juices flowing, this class is full of upper body strengthening with inversions and tons of back bending and spinal twists to invigorate and awaken the nervous system. The Rocket 3 is accessible to intermediate/advanced and people who want a challenge in their practice. We will work will all levels of experience to make the class appropriate. ( 1 hour and 15 mins)
Also known as Happy Hour, this is where Ashtanga Puerto Rico begins the weekend. This class is a fusion of Rocket I and II, which brings together all the postures of the Primary and Rocket series to create a complete interpretation of the Rocket Yoga system. The Rocket 3 is a high-energy class that leaves the body charged with shakti. When available this class offers rotating live music from local bands and DJ's to let conscious people have a place to unwind after the week. (1 hour and 30 mins)
Mysore/ Open Practice
This is the classical style of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. Mysore Yoga is an "assisted" self-lead class without vocal guidance in the class except for direct teaching from teacher to student. Each student works at his or her own pace and progresses through the series one posture at a time. Students wishing to work slowly or use the practice to recover for physical restrictions should consider this class. Focus is on traditional vinyasa counts and slowly acquiring full variations of pose. Typically students stop at the pose that is inaccessible for them and finish the series at that point so not to aggravate or cause any unbalance or unnecessary stress on the body. We do offer and allow modifications on the postures for students to progress at their own level of comfort. Classes can range from 30 mins to 2 hours. This class is for all levels! Young and old, flexible and in flexible, short and tall, but no lazy people! (Inside Ashtanga joke)
Beginners Rocket Vinyasa
This class is offered in the mornings for students to have a more accessible entry point into the Rocket Vinyasa Yoga teachings. We focus mainly on the sun salutations and standing series to create a shorter sequence so the body will not become fatigued before the class is over. There are basic pieces of the seated series asana that may be added on from both Rocket 1 and 2! This is a super class for anyone looking for an easier and softer practice for their body, while still maintaining the dynamic flow that is feeding us prana and vitality!
Private (1 on 1) or Group Privates
If your looking for more individualized instruction in Ashtanga Vinyasa, then we highly suggest a private class with one of our instructors. Just a few private classes can give you the skills to be able to mix into the group setting without feeling lost or out of rhythm. Private instruction is also a great opportunity for a more advanced student to receive the attention needed to go into more advanced and personalized asana formations. Students who suffer from physical conditions that do not allow them to participate in group settings can find the direct attention needed to receive the benefits of yoga through private instructions. Let us know how to help you go deeper into your practice or just get you started on the right foot!