Ashtanga Yoga is the system of yoga taught in Mysore, India by 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 their assigned series with personal assistance and instruction by the teacher. New students begin with Primary Series which is 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 Yoga East Membership and one month commitment for new students. No-drops.
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.
Yoga Flow 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 postures. As students'' skills and understanding of yoga deepens, the asanas will as well. This class will focus particularly on sun salutations, their purpose and the union of each movement with the breath. Students at this level should be able to hold Caturanga Dandasana (plank). More complicated backbends, twists and arm balances are taught at this level. Yoga Sutra readings, pranayama and meditation are also incorporated at this level. All classes end with deep relaxation.
Hatha Yoga 1-2
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 Led Class 2-3
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. This class is not for new students. Students who are struggling will be asked to stop and wait for the finishing poses, or you can go to the next room for relaxation on your own.
Leroy's Chair Yoga - by donation
Leroy's Chair Yoga teaches yoga postures using a chair - ideal for students who have trouble getting up and down from the floor. Donation-based yoga classes are taught by new or volunteer yoga teachers. These teachers help make yoga available to more people in the Greater Louisville community.
Hatha Yoga 2-3
This continuing/intermediate level 2-3 class is for students who know the fundamental postures, and are practicing or transitioning into intermediate-level postures including; headstand series, shoulderstand series, arm balances, complicated twists, and back bends. Students at this level should be able to hold Caturanga Dandasana (plank) and be working on holding postures for longer periods. Yoga Sutra readings, pranayama and meditation are incorporated at this level. See Light on Yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar, Course Two, for sample sequences.
Skanda Yoga Friday Night Practice
Friday June 8th 6-8pm "Revealing the Mystery" This class will be a challenging vinyasa practice that will focus on backbends. It will cover alignment technique in basic poses that build up to Natarajasana and Drop-backs. It is open to experienced students with an intermediate to advanced practice. Friday June 15th 6-8pm "Spectral Star" This class will be a challenging vinyasa practice that will focus on arm balances, inversions, and transitions. It will review spanda technique and incorporate poses to lengthen the sides of the body for more inner expansion. It is open to experienced students with an intermediate to advanced practice.
Drop-in Friday Only$25.00
Complete Weekend Fri-Sun$150.00
Flow Yoga 2-3
For experienced students who enjoy a faster pace and postures that challenge your abilities - sun salutations, arm balances, backbends, deep forward bends and twists, head-stand and shoulder-stand variations. This class is for students in good physical condition with no limiting injuries.
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.
Skanda Yoga Seminar I
Saturday June 9th 12-5pm "Alignment & Action" This class will compare and contrast alignment techniques in asana to explore the potential of each pose. It will cover the foundation of the Sun Salutation and vinyasa transitions. It will also focus on refining techniques for standing poses and inversions. Sunday June 10th 12-5pm "Spanda (pulsation) in Asana" This class will introduce the technique of pulsating in asana with a contraction and expansion linked with breath. The technique can be used to progressively increase flexibility by increasing strength. It also serves to enhance the meditative experience of each pose. The class will also introduce scientific stretching techniques like proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation.
Fee (Includes Friday)$150.00
Ashtanga Led Class 3
For experienced Ashtanga students, this class covers full Primary Series plus the first nine postures of Intermediate Series. Students are invited to try more postures or you can always stop at your usual stopping point. New students who are struggling will be asked to stop and wait for the finishing poses, or you can go to the next room for relaxation on your own.
Beginning Ashtanga Yoga 2
Ashtanga Yoga is a traditional system of yoga that originated in Mysore, India and links sun-salutation type of movements with breathing. There are over 300 postures in the entire system. Beginning Ashtanga teaches the first 24 yoga postures to build skill, strength and flexibility. Ashtanga class begins with 8 sun salutations and continues with 12 standing poses and 12 floor poses. This sequence can challenge experienced students and still be accessible for new students. The teacher will show you how to modify more challenging postures.
$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.
$10 Community Yoga
This is a mixed level Hatha 1-2 class taught by either new yoga teachers or volunteer teachers. 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. All classes end with deep relaxation. Our reduced rate classes help make yoga available to more people in the Greater Louisville community. $10 classes are included in all membership options.
Kettlebells for Yoga
Kettlebells are a unique tool that, like yoga, work your entire body. This 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.
300 Hr - Advanced Yoga Anatomy
Series of 8 classes studies therapeutic aspects of yoga practices, the anatomical structures involved including koshas, nadis, marmas, and current research and scientific findings. There will be asanas. Bring your mat and dress for yoga. Go to to our 300 Hour Page on the website to download the coloring assignments in The Anatomy Coloring Book, 4th Ed., Kapit & Elson. These go along with the seminars and will aid your understanding.
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.
disclaimer:pricing and availability subject to change.
Open during classes. Go 15 minutes early to register.
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.