At Ashtanga Yoga Northampton, we teach old school Ashtanga Yoga in the tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, as it was handed down to him from his own teacher, the Father of modern Yoga, Tirumalai Krishnamacharya. Our yoga classes are welcoming, intelligent and appropriate for all students regardless of their ability or experience. Besides traditional Mysore Ashtanga classes, we offer Led (fully guided) Ashtanga, Yin Yoga and Vinyasa style yoga classes as well.
Mysore Style 60-90 Minute practice within a 4 hour practice window: arrive and depart at your convenience. Click here to learn about your first class.All levels are welcome. Mysore Style Ashtanga class is private yoga within a group setting. It is a 2-4 hour practice time, where students arrive and leave at their convenience, and practice anywhere from 45 minutes up to two hours. If you're new, arrive at your convenience to any Mysore class, or consider taking ourIntro to Mysorecourse. This unique style originated in Mysore, India and is the traditional and ideal method for learning Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. The teacher works with the student one-on-one, to first introduce breathing, movement (vinyasas), gaze (dristis), and internal energy locks (bandhas) within the framework of Sun Salutations, followed by standing postures, a closing sequence, and rest. The student develops and deepens their practice with the help of the teacher, working at their own breath rate, and gaining in strength, flexibility and proficiency over time. It does not take long to learn with regular, consistent attendance. Postures can be individually tailored to meet specific physical needs and ability levels. As the student continues to practice with us, the teacher will "add" postures to their practice, simultaneously helping them integrate and deepen. Dedicated, consistent students are taught first the Primary then the Intermediate Ashtanga Series.
Students with an established Mysore practice are always welcome to drop-in: we love meeting Ashtanga folks from around the world. New students, or curious students, may observe Mysore class for free. All new students are highly recommended to attend Mysore class for a month to determine affinity, and to establish a strong base of learning. Click here to learn more about how to start.
Led All Levels 75 minutes. For students of all levels, brand new to seasoned Ashtanga practitioners; Drop-ins always welcome. Led All Levels is a guided class where the teacher leads all the students simultaneously through a steady and flowing experience of half of the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga. Beginners may drop in to this class; the teacher will provide alignment instructions and physical assists. New students are guided with wisdom and patience; more seasoned Ashtanga students can practice to their own potential.
Led Primary 90 minutes. For those familiar with Ashtanga Yoga; Drop-ins welcome. Led Primary is a guided class, where the teacher leads all the students simultaneously through the sequence of postures comprising the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga. Students with some experience of Ashtanga to seasoned Ashtanga students are welcome to attend; BRAND NEW STUDENTS are encouraged to start with Led All Levels or Mysore. This class is steady and flowing; the teacher offers guidance both verbally and with hands-on assists. Newer students have the option of doing just a half Primary series and observing class for a time, then closing when the remainder of the group closes, too.
Led Second Series 90+ minutes, the fourth Sunday of the month For those familiar with Ashtanga Yoga; Led Second Series a guided class, taught "Workshop style". Seasoned Ashtanga students who have been practicing Ashtanga for at least a year may attend. The teacher will guide students with voice, hands-on assists, and sometimes a "breakdown" of nuances of the asana. New students are encouraged to attend our other classes versus starting with this class.
Yin Yoga 75 minutes For all levels; Drop-ins always welcome. Yin Yoga is a complementary yoga practice to dynamic, active yoga styles such as Ashtanga Yoga. Postures are practiced on the floor and each is held for several minutes, allowing the deep layers of connective tissue to be gently and safely stretched. Yin Yoga restores and maintains the natural mobility of the joints and tissues closest to our core and encourages the free flow of energy throughout the body. Emphasizing stillness and an attitude of quiet acceptance, Yin Yoga can help practitioners develop or deepen mindful meditation.
"I love Yin Yoga because it offers a more intimate relationship between my mind and body - more than any other type of Yoga I've done - truly ‘in the moment’, almost like a meditation. I drive all the way from the Berkshires to Georgiann's Yin class. She guides you through the poses with a loving, gentle manner (including some poetry and humor), and I leave feeling completely transformed on my drive home!" – Vic B.
"I never thought Yin Yoga would be for me. I like strenuous, sweaty flow...but my first Yin class taught me a lesson: it takes way more strength and commitment to hold a pose than it does to get into a pose. Afterward I felt calm and accomplished, and that feeling lasted for days. I'm looking forward to more Yin exploration!" – Amy G.
Yoga Nidra 30 Minutes Suitable for all students. Guided deep relaxation from a completely prone position, designed to bring you deeply within and create deep, healing rest; props and blankets are given, but do dress to stay warm - socks and some kind of long sleeved shirt.. FREE for those who attend the previous class and who wish to continue their practice with deep rest to follow; a $5 drop in fee otherwise for those who choose to take only this class. Drop-ins are very welcome!
Pranayama Pranayama is the art of moving, sustaining and enhancing our breath/prana or life force; along with chanting (a simple form of pranayama). Both work to deepen yoga practice, can help with recovery from injury or chronic pain, and reveal new levels of mindfulness and integration. Simple but potent daily pranayama sequences will be taught over 30 minutes, along with chanting of Ashtanga Mantras. Taking the asana class before is recommended but not required. All levels, all welcome, and free.
25 Main Street ~ Suite 210 Northampton, MA 01060 USA Located in downton Northampton, on the second floor of the Historic Masonic Block/Fitzwillies Building