Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a contemplative form of art, made for exploring the wonder of embodied experience. Though it can be physically demanding, Ashtanga can be practiced by nearly anyone. There are no requirements but a love of inquiry and experimentation, tempered with an openness to the unfamiliar, and a readiness to experience emotional release while working with the challenges of an unusually demanding form. Immersion in the practice can have a profound impact. Those who practice assiduously often find themselves transcending rigid tendencies of mind, dispelling essentialist projections, and discovering traces of the sublime in everyday life.
Mysore classes provide a quiet and contemplative atmosphere for the practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. In these classes, you practice the Ashtanga sequencing to the cadence of your own breath, while receiving personal guidance from the teacher and silent support from the community. Learn more about our Mysore classes on our Mysore page.
This class introduces the fundamentals of breath, movement and postural form. Instruction is gentle, verbal and precise, but without losing touch of the visceral experience. This class is appropriate for absolute beginners, but people with previous yoga experience can benefit from the instruction as well.
Led Primary guides you through the complete Primary Series using the Sanskrit count. Integral to the traditional Ashtanga practice week, this class assumes considerable proficiency with the Primary Series. The emphasis is not on learning the postures, but on moving together through the postures in a rhythmic flow.
Meditation is the essence of yoga. In our meditation classes, we practice meditation from traditional seated postures. Our meditation classes are held monthly, on the Saturday closest to the full moon. These sessions contain philosophy, practice and instruction for people of all levels of experience. Led by Gerry Weiner, a senior meditation instructor and seasoned scholar of Tibetan contemplative traditions.
Class Passes (valid for 6 months)
Drop In – $20
20 Pass – $220
10 Pass – $130
05 Pass – $80
1 Month – $200
AutoPay – $180/month
(3 month minimum)
Drop In – $15
10 Pass – $120
Autopay – $160/month
(3 month minimum)
Our courses are designed to enrich your understanding of the practice, by teaching you the subtle details of sequencing, the nuances of postural alignment, and the internal techniques that bring the practice alive. When you embody what you learn in our courses, you will practice more intelligently, more vibrantly, and with refined awareness. To check on upcoming courses, visit our workshops page.
Intro to Mysore is an excellent way to begin Mysore practice at the Yoga Workshop. This course covers the fundamental breath and movement patterns of the Ashtanga system, while introducing the subtle techniques of bandha and mudra that bring the practice alive. Those who take the course are encouraged to start practicing Mysore concurrently, and registration includes an unlimited Mysore pass for the duration of the course.
The Primary Series is called “Yoga Chikitsa” or yoga therapy. It is designed to stimulate apana, the downward moving force in the body and mind that is responsible for dissolution and release. In this course, we look closely at the energetics and mechanics of this remarkable series, and we learn to unlock its full potential. We cover every posture, breath and movement pattern of the series, with special attention to alignment and flow. This course is appropriate for people who are still learning the sequencing, as well as for people who are refining their practice of this foundation series.
The Second Series, Nadi Shodana, awakens the internal breath, by teaching us to balance openness and stability. In this course, we study the flow of the internal breath across the complete arc of the Second Series. We explore the details of postural alignment while learning modifications and strategies for working with difficult postures. The course is appropriate for anyone who has started the Second Series formally in the Mysore setting.
We offer many opportunities for further study, beyond our regularly scheduled classes and courses. These include special workshops, practice intensives, and retreats in inspiring locations. Mary and Richard, our founders, mentors and senior teachers, offer regular intensives at the Yoga Workshop as well, including their month-long intensive for yoga teachers. You can read more about their intensives here.