Ashtanga Yoga for Beginners

Here at Ashtanga Yoga Poughkeepsie we have beginner courses which will give you a good base for being prepared to practice in any Mysore Room across the globe. This is a 3 week course, 3 2-hour sessions over 3 weeks.

Highlights of this beginner course are as follows:

  • Ashtanga breathing
  • Surya Namaskara A & B - the standing sequence
  • Closing

This is the basis of your practice for ever. After you get comfortable with these postures and have memorized the sequence we will systematically add postures over a period of time. As soon as possible we want to build up to a practice to 5-6 days a week. After your first class you will be given homework to help you memorize the sequence and will join the morning Mysore sessions.

Led Class

On Saturdays AYPK has a traditional Sanskrit count led class. It is the Mysore sequence counted in a metered way, one breath one movement. This is not suited for beginners. It will depend on who is in class on whether we do half or full primary series. There will be a short talk after the sessions.

Adaptive Class

This​ ​class​ ​is​ ​designed​ ​to​ ​teach​ ​people​ ​who​ ​are​ ​differently​ ​abled​ ​how​ ​to​ ​practice​ ​the​ ​Mysore style.​ ​​ ​We​ ​are​ ​offering​ ​a​ ​special​ ​class​ ​as​ ​you​ ​might​ ​need​ ​a​ ​little​ ​extra​ ​help​ ​in​ ​the​ ​beginning.​ ​​ ​The goal​ ​is​ ​that​ ​soon​ ​you​ ​will​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​mainstream​ ​into​ ​the​ ​daily​ ​Mysore​ ​room​ ​fully​ ​prepared with​ ​your​ ​own​ ​practice.

Mysore Practice Room

In a Mysore room students arrive at their own time within the established class times. It is important to be conscious of how long it takes for your practice to finish and making sure to start finishing postures 30 min before the end of the teaching session. It is a warm, quiet room where everyone progresses through the Mysore sequence that has been taught to them over time by the teacher. When you arrive for practice set up your mat and start. The chants will begin at 6:30 in all Mysore classes.

Private Session

Whether​ ​you​ ​are​ ​new​ ​to​ ​the​ ​practice,​ ​new​ ​to​ ​yoga​ ​or​ ​more​ ​advanced,​ ​we​ ​can​ ​help​ ​with​ ​yoga techniques​ ​that​ ​are​ ​right​ ​for​ ​you​. Samantha is available for private sessions that will enable you to build up your own personal daily practice.

Pranayama and Meditation Techniques

On​ ​Moon​ ​days​ ​we​ ​will​ ​keep​ ​the​ ​studio​ ​open​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​create​ ​continuity.​ ​In​ ​these​ ​classes​ ​we will​ ​start​ ​to​ ​explore​ ​Meditation​ ​techniques​ ​and​ ​Pranayama.​ ​​ ​Pranayama​ ​is​ ​the​ ​4th​ ​limb​ ​of​ ​the Ashtanga​ ​(eight​ ​limb​ ​system),​ ​breathing​ ​techniques​ ​that​ ​will​ ​help​ ​further​ ​your​ ​practice.