Level 1-2 Mixed Level classes are geared to students in normal health who are still working to learn fundamental postures as well as those who have more experience and are seeking to expand, refine and develop their yoga practice at more subtle levels. Sun Salutations and series of flowing poses are incorporated at this level. All classes end with deep relaxation.
Ashtanga Yoga is the system of yoga taught in Mysore, India by K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009) and the Jois family. Ashtanga Yoga is a breathing and movement system that contains over 300 postures grouped into four series: Primary, Intermediate, Advanced A and Advanced B. Both new and experienced students practice together at their own pace, working through the series with personal assistance and instruction by the teacher. We begin new students with Primary Series. Primary Series can be adapted for students at all levels - there is no reason not to try it. Regular practice builds strength, flexibility and endurance. Medical studies show this form of yoga has many benefits for physical and mental health. Arrive for your first class anytime after 6:00 am but no later than 7:15 am. Phone ahead to Laura at 502-585-9642 to register or if you have questions about the class. Requires a Mysore Membership and one month commitment for new students - no drop-ins.
Traditional practice of pranayama.
Every journey begins with the first step. In today's world, yoga is everywhere, and it's daunting for those who want to start but don't know where to begin. If this sounds like you, here's your class. For 75 minutes, we will break down the fundamentals of vinyasa yoga. We'll take time to explain those things you've been hearing about for years that sound like a foreign language (don't worry, that's because they are)! We will move at a slower pace and really dive into creating a solid foundation to your practice. This class is open to all, but suits those best that consider themselves fit but clueless when it comes to yoga. Also it's a great class for more advanced practitioners, as it never hurts to go back to where you started. BEGINNER/ALL LEVELS.
Hatha Yoga 2
Continuing Level 2 classes are for students who are well-established in a yoga practice, know the fundamental postures, know how to make modifications for their level with and without props, and can self-correct in the poses. Students at this level should be able to hold Caturanga Dandasana (plank), and be working on holding postures for longer periods. Shoulderstand and Headstand variations are taught at this level as well as more complicated backbends, twists and arm balances. Yoga Sutra readings, pranayama and meditation are incorporated at this level. We recommend 2 years of yoga experience for this practice.
The Inversion Playground is an open studio time to come in and play with inversions and arm balances that you've been working on in class, but need more time to perfect and practice. You're more than welcome to come in and do your own thing, or to play around with others in exercises and practice techniques laid out by the teacher. Consider this as the explicit permission you've been waiting for to PLAY!
Quick paced vinyasa flow, where we will begin working on more arm balances, handstands, forearm stands, headstands and drop-backs with the help of the wall. A challenging class that will help you build confidence and move out of your comfort zone. Regular Practitioners.
Mysore Chanting Practice
Svadhyaya is the practice of chanting traditional texts. Mondays - Shiva Mahimna Stotram, Wednesdays - Vishnu Sahasranama or Arati, Fridays - Rudram and Kundalini Stavah.
Faster pace class, linking poses with vinyasa. In this class, we will begin to introduce and breakdown beginner arm balances and inversions. You will have time to work on poses that you usually don't focus on in other vinyasa classes. You'll begin to learn techniques to develop crow, headstand, and many other arm balances and inversions. But mostly you'll begin to learn how to link the breath with your poses and reset through vinyasa. You'll leave feeling invigorated and at peace. This is a great class for all levels, as it allows practitioners to hold poses for a longer time and dive deep into the breathing. ALL LEVELS.
$5 Leroy's Gentle Yoga
Leroy teaches Gentle Yoga classes around the Louisville Community as a volunteer. He makes yoga accessible to everyone. This gentle class teaches a variety of modified yoga postures with correct breathing and alignment. Class ends with deep relaxation. For all levels and ages of students including students with physical or medical restrictions. Ideal for both new students or experienced students who want an enjoyable chair yoga class.
We realize that Wednesdays are always a little crazy, so take time in the middle of your week to reset, work out the crazy, and refocus. In this class we'll get right down to business (no playing around)! You'll walkout feeling more alive, refreshed, and like you can take on the world. This class will be a playful combination of Vinyasa flow, energizing inversions, and core strength building, set to playful music. ALL LEVELS.
Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of asana practice, such as vinyasa which is a yang style of practice. Suitable for almost all levels of students, Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasize internal heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles. Yin Yoga generally targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine. It is a great complimentary practice for anyone who regularly practices vinyasa yoga or for students that are looking for a slow gentle practice. While initially this style of yoga can seem passive, or soft, a yin practice can be very challenging due to the long duration of the poses. With hand on adjustments this is a beautiful class to include in your regular practice to help balance both the body and mind so that you can walk through the rest of your week with a light and open heart.
Friday Morning Led Class
Led Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series in the method of K Pattabhi Jois (Sanskrit-counted vinyasa) leads experienced students through the 48 postures of Primary series with the correct pacing, count and breathing. Friday morning class is for Mysore members - students who have been regularly attending morning Mysore classes. This class is not for new students. Wait until the Mysore teacher gives you permission to attend this class so that you are clear about your stopping point. Laura will begin teaching this class in September. Erin will switch to Friday afternoon.
Intermediate Rope Wall 2-3 (no drop-ins)
Intermediate Rope Wall Yoga practices inversions with the ropes, deep backbends using props, and holding yoga postures longer for deeper effect. Class ends with pranayama, bandhas, mudras and relaxation. Class size is limited to 8 students. Sign up online. Being on time is very important so that you can get a spot and hear the beginning instructions. Groupons/Living Social vouchers and intro passes are not accepted for this class. Two or more years of yoga experience is required for this class. It is not suitable for pregnant women or if you are not able to be upside down.
Friday Night is a playful night! We like to refer to it as Advanced Yoga Fun, where we celebrate walking into the weekend with one of our most challenging and dynamic vinyasa classes set to fun music. You should have a regular practice and enjoy challenging yourself while trying new things. Our motto for this class: Work hard, play hard, and remember to never take yourself too seriously. After class, you're invited to join us at a local restaurant where we'll laugh, chat, and chow down. It's a great way to end the work week and one of the most spirited classes you'll ever take part in. If you're worried about the level, feel free to talk to an instructor to see if this class is for you. Must be comfortable being uncomfortable...or at least willing to work on it. INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED.
Hip Hop Yoga Core
Start your weekend off right with a challenging class that will get your blood pumping while strengthening your entire body. Thanks to modern technology, most of us spend our work week hunched over a desk staring at a computer screen. The result? Our posture suffers—in particular, our backs. Spend the first part of your weekend shaking off the work week pains while building your core, which will improve your posture and help alleviate back pain. Not to mention you'll be finished just in time for Saturday brunch. ALL LEVELS.
Intro to Skanda Yoga
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Kettlebells for Yoga
Kettlebells are a unique tool that, like yoga, work your entire body. This one hour class will introduce you to the basic Kettlebell movements. Kettlebells combined with your regular Yoga practice will make for a powerful combination to help your practice grow. All skill levels are welcome to attend. Class is limited to 10 students.
Laura's Sunday Morning Led Class
For Mysore members with a regular practice, this class always covers full Primary Series. We sometimes add postures from Intermediate Series if enough Intermediate students are present. Students are invited to try more postures or you can always stop at your usual stopping point.
Beginning Ashtanga Yoga 2
Ashtanga Yoga is a traditional form of yoga that is a series of postures in vinyasa style. This class begins with 10-15 minutes of sun salutations and continues with the first half of Primary Series - 24 important postures that build skill, strength and flexibility. This sequence can challenge experienced students and still be accessible for new students. The teachers show you how to use props and modify difficult postures.
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Headstand & Shoulderstand 2-3
This class practices inversion sequences that include headstand, shoulderstand and their variations including headstand sequences from Ashtanga Intermediate series. Students must be able to hold headstand (Shirshasana) away from a wall for a minimum of 2-3 minutes and be able to hold shoulder-stand (Sarvangasana) for 2 or more minutes. See Light on Yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar, Course Two, for sample sequences.
Upcoming Courses & Workshops
200 Hr - Foundations of a Mature Yoga Practice
With Susan Reid. Next held on Sat, Sep 17, 2016 at 9:45 am - 11:00 am. This enrollment runs from Sat Sep 10, 2016 - Sat Dec 10, 2016. This series of 16 classes is required for Yoga East certification and counts for 20 hours in the subject of Techniques. The series of classes is intended to improve your yoga practice. We will methodically work on the most important yoga postures and pranayama exercises. A yoga teacher should have a strong practice with good alignment and form. We will help you improve your technique in important postures and help you bump your practice up to the next level. You will learn correct alignment, breathing, pronunciation of the names, and tips for good practice and teaching. Open to all students. Register with Susan Reid.
16 Class Series($25 per class)$400.00
200 Hr - Yoga Anatomy: How Yoga Works
With Laura. Spaulding Next held on Sat, Sep 17, 2016 at 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm. This enrollment runs from Sat Aug 6, 2016 - Sat Dec 10, 2016. This series of 16 classes is required for Yoga East Certification and counts for 20 hours in the subject of Anatomy and Physiology. Learn human anatomy as it pertains to the practice of yoga and pranayama. Learn why postures are difficult, how stretching works, why yoga builds strength, and how some yoga postures can be dangerous and even deadly if done incorrectly. Understanding the anatomy of a posture can make it easier and better. Each class works with particular groups of postures like forward bends, backbends, twists and inversions. Each class covers anatomy and physiology; injuries and physical limitations commonly encountered in the posture and ways of working with those challenges; the anatomy of the subtle body including the chakra system, nadis (channels of the subtle body) and koshas (subtle sheaths). The class is open to all levels of students who are interested in improving their practice. No particular experience or ability is required. Text: Anatomy Coloring Book, Kapit & Elson, 4th ed. (Available at the studio, $22.50, members get your discount.) You will need a variety of highlighters, watercolor markers, or colored pencils. Open to all students. Register with Laura Spaulding.
16 Class Series($25 per class)$400.00
200 Hr - Art of Teaching Yoga
With Yoga East Staff. Next held on Sat, Sep 17, 2016 at 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm. This enrollment runs from Sat Aug 6, 2016 - Sat Dec 3, 2016. This 8 class series is required for Yoga East Certification and counts for 20 hours in the subject of Teaching Methodology. This is a series of 8 classes in which you will find your own teaching voice, learn creative teaching, learn how to maintain commitment and develop as a teacher and practitioner. Find inspiration in your own heart, life experiences and personal practice. Each class includes a discussion of a theme and how it relates to our life, practice and teaching. Our asana "engineering" clinic breaks down the asanas into important alignment elements, practice and teaching points using props, and showing how to modify postures without props for all levels of students. Each class provides practical teaching experience with helpful critique and discussion. This class is for teacher trainees enrolled on our teacher training course, or for students with at least two years of yoga experience. Register with Laura Spaulding.
8 Class Series($50 per class)$400.00
Yoga Sutras - Chapters 1-2
With Laura Spaulding. Next held on Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm. This enrollment runs from Thu Sep 8, 2016 - Thu Dec 29, 2016. Yoga Sutras of Patanjali were composed approximately 2400 years ago and brilliantly and succinctly summarize the yoga system in a text of 196 aphorisms (sutras). Patanjali's work has been the subject of numerous scholarly commentaries. Although it fell into obscurity for several centuries it was resurrected by Western Sanskrit scholars in the 19th century. Today it is widely studied as one of the earliest and most authoritative texts of yoga. Study of the Yoga Sutras is recommended in both the Ashtanga and Iyengar systems. This class will chant, read and discuss the meaning of the Sutras and how they are relevant and helpful for one's own yoga practice. No previous knowledge of the Yoga Sutras is needed for the class. Enrollment is free and open to all Yoga East students. Series of 16 classes: 20 YA 300/500 YPLE Hours.
200 Hr - Yoga History and Myth, Part 1
With Laura Spaulding. Next held on Fri, Sep 23, 2016 at 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm. This enrollment runs from Fri Aug 5, 2016 - Sat Sep 24, 2016. This series of 8 classes is required for Yoga East certification and counts for 10 hours in the subject of Philosophy. The origins of yoga have been shrouded in myth and mystery, but current yoga scholars are penetrating the veil and researching yoga's history. Hear the amazing stories of the siddhas (perfected ones), the rishis, the wizards, the magicians, the wild goddesses, the yogins and yoginis who were so powerful they were seen as divine beings. Learn to separate myth from history and analyze yoga critically and intelligently. Great yoga practitioners and teachers need to be well-informed on the history of yoga. Introduction to the philosophy of yoga includes study and discussion of the modern history of yoga. How did yoga originate? Who are the important historical and mythological figures in yoga, and what is the source of their knowledge? Equally important - how do the ancient myths and texts of yoga have relevance for our life and yoga practice today? These important questions will be discussed in class. Open to all students - you need not be in teacher training to register.
8 Class Series($10 per class)$80.00
200 Hr - Yoga History and Myth, Part 2
With Laura Spaulding. Next held on Fri, Oct 7, 2016 at 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm. This enrollment runs from Fri Oct 7, 2016 - Fri Dec 2, 2016. This series of 8 classes is required for Yoga East certification and counts for 10 hours in the subject of Philosophy. This series of classes discusses the texts that form the background of yoga: the Vedas and Upanishads, Yoga Sutras, The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Shiva Samhita, Gheranda Samhita, Yoga Yagnavalkya, the Puranas, The Mahabharata, Bhagavad-Gita, Ramayana, Tantras; and the Six Viewpoints (Darshanas) of Indian Philosophy: Nyaya-Vaisheshika, Samkhya-Yoga, Purva Mimamsa-Vedanta. Open to all students - you need not be in teacher training to attend.
8 Class Series($10 per class)$80.00
Mysore Class with David Garrigues
With David Garrigues. Sat, Oct 8, 2016 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Experience Mysore-Style Ashtanga Yoga with David Garrigues. Practice Ashtanga Yoga with adjustments, corrections and helpful hints from David and his assistant. Previous experience with the Ashtanga Yoga series is necessary (you must know the series), but no particular level of ability is required. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of class so that you start your practice at the start time and finish by the end time.
Asana Kitchen with David Garrigues
With David Garrigues. Sat, Oct 8, 2016 at 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm. Asana Kitchen is David's unique mix of talks, demonstrations, exercises and hints to help you make progress in your practice. Recommended for all levels of students. All sessions are expected to fill, so register early.
Yoga Sutras with David Garrigues
With David Garrigues. Sat, Oct 8, 2016 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Study the meaning of the yoga sutras and other sacred texts in order to bring forward the use of mind, concentration, and meditative awareness in practice. David will clarify the meaning of the text with his insights and stories that illuminate their importance within the context of a daily Ashtanga practice.
Mysore Class with David Garrigues
With David Garrigues. Sun, Oct 9, 2016 at 9:00 am - 11:00 am.
Bandhas and Pranayama with David Garrigues
With David Garrigues. Sun, Oct 9, 2016 at 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm. Bandhas and pranayama as taught in the Ashtanga system. Q&A session follows. Ask David your questions about aspects of Ashtanga: practice, philosophy, history, etc.
Letting Go Yoga Nidra
With Kim Eisner. Sat, Oct 29, 2016 at 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm. You are what your deep driving desire is. As is your desire, so is your will. As is your will, so is your thought. As is your thought, so is your word. As is your word, so is your deed. As is your deed, so is your destiny. The word "nidra" means sleep, but this is not ordinary sleep. This is yogic sleep, entering a profound state of relaxation in which you are able to descend into the deepest levels of consciousness and unlock your inner strengths. Change negative habits and thoughts into positive, life-affirming behaviors and transform your life. Tap into your own creative potential and discover how to meet life's challenges with enthusiasm and courage. Yoga Nidra holds the key. This class is our annual class, held near Halloween each year, on the theme of Death - the Final Definitive Journey. Many past participants have found this yoga nidra to be a powerful and life-changing spiritual experience. This class is a one-hour guided relaxation. No yoga experience is needed. The class begins with a soothing series of easy yoga postures that prepare the body for deep relaxation. We recommend you bring an ordinary bed pillow and a blanket or something warm to cover with during relaxation. Ware loose or stretchy clothes appropriate for yoga practice.
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Yoga East is a non-profit yoga school. We offer Gentle Chair Yoga, Hatha Yoga, and we are the only school in Kentucky that offers Mysore-Style Ashtanga Yoga by teachers who are authorized by the K. Patttabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India.