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ONGOING WEEKLY CLASSES. Kristen teaches led Ashtanga Half Primary Series morning classes Thursdays 6-7:15 a.m. and Saturdays 7-8:15 a.m. at River Garden Yoga Center. The Center is located at 455 West 7th Street, St. Paul, Minnesota.
ASHTANGA HALF PRIMARY SERIES (led class) This 75 minute breath-centered practice will create internal heat (expect to sweat) to purify the body and calm the mind. Taught in a supportive way, appropriate for those new to and familiar with the series. The Primary Series is a fixed sequence of postures developed to purify, heal and align the body. In this Half Primary Series class expect to practice sun salutations, standing and seated poses, and the closing seats. There will be time for questions afterward. Cost:$12 drop-in. 10 class pass: $100. BENEFITS FOR BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT body: improves overall health and well-being, develops strength and flexibility, tones muscles, increases energy, improves circulation, helps attain and maintain ideal weight. mind: calms and focuses mind, improves concentration, generates mental clarity and ease, increases awareness and insight. spirit: invites deep stillness, encourages steadiness within, creates lasting peace. STUDENT REVIEW "I took the Ashtanga Half Series this morning and it was excellent. The location of River Garden is in an easy to get to area and the space has a really minimalist, but soothing atmosphere. Kristen was teaching. I found her very personable and knowledgeable about modifications, adjustments, and running through the series in an easy to understand way. Ashtanga is not for the faint of heart, but it definitely can be for everyone. The drop in price was affordable and I felt it was a good value." —Liz Johnson, Saturday, June 3, 2017 Note on early morning practice: If you typically do not practice in the early morning I encourage you to give it a try. Starting the day with greater awareness, clarity, and connection to your body-mind is a beautiful thing. Claddagh Coffee is also conveniently next door to grab a coffee or tea should you be inspired. In addition, there's a lovely garden area you are welcome to enjoy before/after classes at the Center.
ASHTANGA YOGA FAQ'S WHAT IS ASHTANGA YOGA? Ashtanga is a breath-centered healing method of yoga. The word “Ashtanga” literally means “eight limbs” (ashta=eight, anga=limb). These eight limbs, or steps, are described in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. One begins the eight-limbed path with asana, the physical postures of yoga. The heartbeat of the Ashtanga practice is the synchronization of breath and movement called vinyasa. Each breath literally leads each movement. Through conscious breathing (breath), purposeful movement (posture/bandha), and concentration (drishti), the practice gradually creates steadiness in body and mind. For more on Ashtanga Yoga read on. WHAT CAN I EXPECT IN AN ASHTANGA YOGA CLASS? All begin with the Primary Series called Yoga Chikitsa, which translates as yoga therapy. This fixed sequence of postures purifies and aligns the body. Each asana in the series prepares for the following. The more one becomes familiar with the set sequence, the more practice becomes a moving meditation. Ashtanga Yoga classes are offered as either led class (group guided practice) or mysore-style class (similar to a private lesson within a group setting). WHAT IS AN ASHTANGA LED CLASS? In a led class, postures of the full or half Primary Series are taught and paced by a teacher. Students are guided as a group in unison through the progressive sequence. WHAT IS AN ASHTANGA MYSORE-STYLE CLASS? In a Mysore-style class, students practice the series of postures appropriate for them at his/her own pace with guidance, support and physical adjustments as needed from the teacher. Mysore-style essentially creates a private lesson within a group setting. For more information on daily Mysore-style Ashtanga classes in the Twin Cities area, please visit Ashtanga Yoga Minneapolis.
GET ONE-ON-ONE ATTENTION PRIVATE YOGA CLASSES Yoga was traditionally taught by one teacher directly to one student. Learning in this way faciliates personal growth and development through an in-depth and individualized experience. Private lessons are tailored to your health, history and interests with space for questions and concerns. These sessions are an invaluable support for your yoga practice, health, and well-being. Contact Kristen for details.