Welcome to Ashtanga Yoga Richmond! There are three basic ways for new students to start a traditional Ashtanga practice. Scroll down to number 4 if you're interested in other options:
1. Intro to Mysore Workshop + 8 Intro to Mysore Classes - AYR offers a monthly Intro to Mysore Workshop (one hour lecture) which is supported by 8 Intro to Mysore classes. The workshop provides important background information about the ashtanga practice as well as logistical information including everything a new student would need to know about the Mysore classes. The Intro to Mysore classes which are included in the package will allow new students to receive the most individualized attention from the teacher. Students will be able to choose days/times that work best in their schedules. In the Mysore tradition, each student has an individualized practice which is developed and overseen by the teacher. Postures are learned one by one so that the student is able to memorize the sequence slowly and the body is able to adapt to the postures over time. This workshop is ideal for students of all levels wishing to develop a self practice or deepen their existing practice. You do NOT need prior yoga experience to start a mysore practice. See our Mysore page for more information. Advanced registration is required.
2. Intro to Ashtanga 8 Week Series - Learn the foundation of Ashtanga Yoga during this 8 week progressive series of classes. Students are taught the ashtanga system in a small group setting where they will be introduced to the philosophy behind Ashtanga Yoga, breath (pranayama), sun salutations, the standing sequence and some seated poses (asanas). This class is packed with practical information and experiential learning and is the foundation for a safe and conscious practice. After the series is completed, students will be prepared to either transition into our Mysore program or into our guided classes. Advanced registration is required.
3. Ashtanga Basics Ongoing Class - This ongoing, guided class is designed for beginners and focuses on the breath and the foundations of the Primary Series. Students will be guided through sun salutations and the standing sequence with verbal instruction, demonstration, and hands on adjustments. Ideal for beginners or students new to Ashtanga.
Come try us out with our "New to Us" Package - 3 classes/30 day exp/$30.
4. Other Guided Classes - If you are interested in just checking out the studio and seeing what all we have to offer, please feel free to come in and try out any of our guided classes. We also offer Ashtanga Prep, Ashtanga Improv, Led Primary Series, Rockin' Ashtanga, Deep Relaxation, Restorative Yoga, Meditation and a number of series and workshops. Look around our site and if you have additional questions, don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.