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New Students Special pricing: 20 days of unlimited yoga for $40. Local Bay Area Residents only. One time. Not for morning mysore classes.
For Morning Mysore classes, unless you have existing mysore practice, please email info@yogaisyouth.com to attend.

Monday

6:00am-8:30am Mysore Style Ashtanga All Levels Anne Finstad
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch Time Yoga All Levels Thoa van Seventer
5:30pm-7:00pm Flow for Strength Begin/Inter Julianne Rice
7:15pm-8:45pm Ashtanga Foundations Beginners Mojdeh

Tuesday

6:00am-8:30am Mysore Style Ashtanga All Levels Beata
10:00am-11:15am Vinyasa Flow Begin/Inter Anne Namur
12:00pm-1:15pm Lunch Time Yoga All Levels Mojdeh
5:30pm-6:45pm Align and Flow Begin/Inter Becky Mendenhall
7:15pm-8:30pm Prenatal Yoga All Levels Marti Foster

Wednesday

6:00am-8:30am Mysore Style Ashtanga All Levels Anne Finstad
10:00am-11:15am Iyengar Beginners Betty Strain
12:00pm-1:00pm Gentle Flow Yoga All Levels Thoa van Seventer
5:30pm-6:45pm Aligned Vinyasa Begin/Inter Hana Raftery
7:15pm-8:45pm Ashtanga Begin/Inter Mojdeh

Thursday

6:00am-8:30am Mysore Style Ashtanga All Levels Beata Anne F 11/23
10:00am-11:15am Flow and Align Begin/Inter Karina Lambert Gratitude Flow with Julianne 11/23
12:00pm-1:15pm Lunch Time Yoga All Levels Mojdeh no class 11/23
5:30pm-7:00pm Flow for Strength Begin/Inter Julianne Rice No class 11/23
7:15pm-8:45pm Flow for Strength Begin/Inter Julianne Rice No class 11/23

Friday

6:30am-8:00am Ashtanga Led Primary Series All Levels Philippe Alexis No class 11/24
8:00am-8:15am Pranayama - Free Class All Levels Philippe Alexis Free Class
12:00pm-1:00pm Friday Flow All Levels Thoa van Seventer No class 11/24
4:00pm-5:15pm Prenatal Yoga All Levels Marti Foster No class 11/24
5:30pm-7:00pm Ashtanga Begin/Inter Mojdeh
7:15pm-8:30pm Deep Healing Relaxation All Levels Mojdeh No class 11/24

Saturday

8:00am-9:30am Beginner Friendly Align Yoga Begin/Inter Yoon Cho
10:00am-11:45am Ashtanga Led Primary Series Begin/Inter Mojdeh
12:30pm-1:45pm Flow for Strength Begin/Inter Julianne Rice

Sunday

7:30am-9:30am Mysore Style Ashtanga All Levels Anne Finstad This is not a good day for first time to Mysore Practice.
10:30am-12:00pm Hatha Yoga All Levels Aska Yoshizu
  Sutra Discussion (free class) All Levels Philippe Alexis please email info@yogaisyouth.com for dates
4:00pm-5:30pm Ashtanga Beginners Mojdeh
6:00pm-7:15pm Meditation ($10 drop in) All Levels Mojdeh No class 11/26

Please note, that Morning Mysore Style classes are wait list only. If you are new to YiY or new to Mysore Practice please email info@yogaisyouth.com to attend.

WHAT IS MYSORE-STYLE ASHTANGA YOGA?

The first thing to strike you when you walk into a Mysore-style Ashtanga yoga class is that it seems like total chaos. Here’s one student doing a headstand in the corner, while another is coming into the triangle posture and a third is struggling to balance on her arms. What is going on here? If you stay a while and watch closely, you start to notice a pattern emerging. Everyone seems to be on a path, following a precise choreography. Also, the silence is striking. Occasionally the teacher will whisper something to a student, but the dominant sound is the collective breath. You’ll notice the teacher move swiftly from student to student, giving adjustments as appropriate.

HOW TO START YOUR MYSORE STYLE PRACTICE

If you have an existing Mysore practice you are welcome to drop in for a morning class at YiY.

If you do not have an existing Mysore style practice but would like to start, we recommend one or the other of two options. The first option is to start by attending on of the intro to Mysore style workshop that we offer a few times each year (please check current listing) that will properly prepare you for attending this class.

The other option is to plan to come and observe the class any morning at 7:00 am or 800 am for 1/2 hour. This will give you a better sense of the class and how it works. After that you will feel more comfortable coming and starting your practice.

The teacher will give you a practice according to your ability. Since each posture is designed to prepare you for the rest of the series, beginners tend to have a much shorter practice than more experienced students. As they gain strength, stamina, flexibility and concentration, additional postures are given to the student.

If you get confused about the correct sequence of postures or need help with a particular posture, you should let your teacher know at any point during the practice. We are happy to help, no matter how many times you ask. If you are new to Ashtanga or accustomed to led classes, the Mysore-style setting can seem strange at first. But with commitment and a little patience, you will be amazed at how quickly you can learn to do yoga as a self-practice!

ABOUT COMMITMENT TO YOUR PRACTICE

The practice room is open between 5:30 am and 9:00 am during the week, however instruction starts at 6:00am. If your are new you can come any time between 6:00 am and 8:00 am.

The Ashtanga method is intended to be a daily practice and students are encouraged to make a commitment to practice at least 3 times a week for a month at a time. Traditionally, we practice every day except for Saturdays and Moon Days, which occur about twice monthly. It may be very difficult at first to commit to a daily practice, and it often takes one or two years to establish this. So don’t be discouraged if you’re “only” practicing twice a week at first.

CHEAT SHEETS

If you have a diagram of the Ashtanga yoga postures, we encourage you to review and study the postures at home instead of bringing it to class. This allows you to focus more on your breathing without distraction during class, and also helps people to learn the order of the postures fairly quickly.

If you have any additional questions about starting a Mysore Ashtanga practice at yoga is youth email AnneFinstad at gmail dot com.

Anne and Philippe

To see Moon Days (rest days) click on the schedule page for the pdf.

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An ideal yoga workout during your lunch break through this challenging but not overwhelming vinyasa flow yoga practice, in which movement is synchronized to the breath. This energizing class involves sun salutations, standing, balance, and seated poses, twists, backbends, relaxation.  Leaving the class physically, and mentally refreshed in a lighter and stronger body with a calm mind.

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This Flow for Strength class is paced to keep you moving without rushing. The warm up, deliberately organized sequences and the cool down stretches have been designed to help you strengthen the major muscle groups – core, upper body and back – without sacrificing attention to detail. Although challenging, focus is on poses that most students can approach and/or accomplish within reason. Students (of varied levels) often give feedback that that they are pleased with a sense of progress that regular attendance at this class affords them. Contact the instructor Julianne Rice at julirice@yahoo.com if you are not sure this class is for you.

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This classes introduces students to the basic concepts and poses of the Ashtanga Yoga Series in a gentle, safe, and effective way. Basic philosophy is introduced along with an introduction to the sun salutations, standing poses, and some seated postures.
Extra time and attention are devoted to the breathing techniques and to establishing correct alignment within each posture. This class is designed to give the practitioner a firm and solid foundation in the practice, and is a great class for those new to the
series or the experience student who seeks a class devoted to detailing their existing ashtanga practice.

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Please note, that Morning Mysore Style classes are wait list only. If you are new to YiY or new to Mysore Practice please email info@yogaisyouth.com to attend.

WHAT IS MYSORE-STYLE ASHTANGA YOGA?

The first thing to strike you when you walk into a Mysore-style Ashtanga yoga class is that it seems like total chaos. Here’s one student doing a headstand in the corner, while another is coming into the triangle posture and a third is struggling to balance on her arms. What is going on here? If you stay a while and watch closely, you start to notice a pattern emerging. Everyone seems to be on a path, following a precise choreography. Also, the silence is striking. Occasionally the teacher will whisper something to a student, but the dominant sound is the collective breath. You’ll notice the teacher move swiftly from student to student, giving adjustments as appropriate.

HOW TO START YOUR MYSORE STYLE PRACTICE

If you have an existing Mysore practice you are welcome to drop in for a morning class at YiY.

If you do not have an existing Mysore style practice but would like to start, we recommend one or the other of two options. The first option is to start by attending on of the intro to Mysore style workshop that we offer a few times each year (please check current listing) that will properly prepare you for attending this class.

The other option is to plan to come and observe the class any morning at 7:00 am or 800 am for 1/2 hour. This will give you a better sense of the class and how it works. After that you will feel more comfortable coming and starting your practice.

The teacher will give you a practice according to your ability. Since each posture is designed to prepare you for the rest of the series, beginners tend to have a much shorter practice than more experienced students. As they gain strength, stamina, flexibility and concentration, additional postures are given to the student.

If you get confused about the correct sequence of postures or need help with a particular posture, you should let your teacher know at any point during the practice. We are happy to help, no matter how many times you ask. If you are new to Ashtanga or accustomed to led classes, the Mysore-style setting can seem strange at first. But with commitment and a little patience, you will be amazed at how quickly you can learn to do yoga as a self-practice!

ABOUT COMMITMENT TO YOUR PRACTICE

The practice room is open between 5:30 am and 9:00 am during the week, however instruction starts at 6:00am. If your are new you can come any time between 6:00 am and 8:00 am.

The Ashtanga method is intended to be a daily practice and students are encouraged to make a commitment to practice at least 3 times a week for a month at a time. Traditionally, we practice every day except for Saturdays and Moon Days, which occur about twice monthly. It may be very difficult at first to commit to a daily practice, and it often takes one or two years to establish this. So don’t be discouraged if you’re “only” practicing twice a week at first.

CHEAT SHEETS

If you have a diagram of the Ashtanga yoga postures, we encourage you to review and study the postures at home instead of bringing it to class. This allows you to focus more on your breathing without distraction during class, and also helps people to learn the order of the postures fairly quickly.

If you have any additional questions about starting a Mysore Ashtanga practice at yoga is youth email AnneFinstad at gmail dot com.

Anne and Philippe

To see Moon Days (rest days) click on the schedule page for the pdf.

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With a focus on breath and feeling, this 75-minute practice allows you to fluidly move from one pose to the next while connecting their breathing to their movements. Anne helps her students accomplish this connection by leading them through thoughtful sequences with variations to modify, intensify, or challenge the body by altering the pace or duration of poses, and the frequency that they are repeated. It incorporates strength, flexibility, balance, physical and mental stamina in one session.

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This class includes clear and skillful alignment instruction to encourage a strong, safe practice. When alignment is established, then flowing movement patterns can be coordinated gracefully. We’ll maximize pose form to blossom into flow! Expect to learn new poses, and how to do old poses in new ways.

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Please note, that Morning Mysore Style classes are wait list only. If you are new to YiY or new to Mysore Practice please email info@yogaisyouth.com to attend.

WHAT IS MYSORE-STYLE ASHTANGA YOGA?

The first thing to strike you when you walk into a Mysore-style Ashtanga yoga class is that it seems like total chaos. Here’s one student doing a headstand in the corner, while another is coming into the triangle posture and a third is struggling to balance on her arms. What is going on here? If you stay a while and watch closely, you start to notice a pattern emerging. Everyone seems to be on a path, following a precise choreography. Also, the silence is striking. Occasionally the teacher will whisper something to a student, but the dominant sound is the collective breath. You’ll notice the teacher move swiftly from student to student, giving adjustments as appropriate.

HOW TO START YOUR MYSORE STYLE PRACTICE

If you have an existing Mysore practice you are welcome to drop in for a morning class at YiY.

If you do not have an existing Mysore style practice but would like to start, we recommend one or the other of two options. The first option is to start by attending on of the intro to Mysore style workshop that we offer a few times each year (please check current listing) that will properly prepare you for attending this class.

The other option is to plan to come and observe the class any morning at 7:00 am or 800 am for 1/2 hour. This will give you a better sense of the class and how it works. After that you will feel more comfortable coming and starting your practice.

The teacher will give you a practice according to your ability. Since each posture is designed to prepare you for the rest of the series, beginners tend to have a much shorter practice than more experienced students. As they gain strength, stamina, flexibility and concentration, additional postures are given to the student.

If you get confused about the correct sequence of postures or need help with a particular posture, you should let your teacher know at any point during the practice. We are happy to help, no matter how many times you ask. If you are new to Ashtanga or accustomed to led classes, the Mysore-style setting can seem strange at first. But with commitment and a little patience, you will be amazed at how quickly you can learn to do yoga as a self-practice!

ABOUT COMMITMENT TO YOUR PRACTICE

The practice room is open between 5:30 am and 9:00 am during the week, however instruction starts at 6:00am. If your are new you can come any time between 6:00 am and 8:00 am.

The Ashtanga method is intended to be a daily practice and students are encouraged to make a commitment to practice at least 3 times a week for a month at a time. Traditionally, we practice every day except for Saturdays and Moon Days, which occur about twice monthly. It may be very difficult at first to commit to a daily practice, and it often takes one or two years to establish this. So don’t be discouraged if you’re “only” practicing twice a week at first.

CHEAT SHEETS

If you have a diagram of the Ashtanga yoga postures, we encourage you to review and study the postures at home instead of bringing it to class. This allows you to focus more on your breathing without distraction during class, and also helps people to learn the order of the postures fairly quickly.

If you have any additional questions about starting a Mysore Ashtanga practice at yoga is youth email AnneFinstad at gmail dot com.

Anne and Philippe

To see Moon Days (rest days) click on the schedule page for the pdf.

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Iyengar Yoga is a mainstream, tradition-based type of hatha yoga, taught worldwide. Developed by the Indian master teacher, B.K.S. Iyengar, now in his 80’s, Iyengar focuses on developing strength, endurance and correct body alignment in addition to flexibility and relaxation.

Iyengar differs from other approaches in three main ways:

•  Its emphasis on precise alignment. This helps students dissolve stubborn physical and psychological blocks. It also helps beginning students gain a good understanding of yoga’s poses.

•  The use of props — such as blocks, chairs, blankets and belts — to help students towards proper alignment while inside a range of motion safe and effective for their individual bodies.

•  Holding the poses longer as the student advances. The body thus becomes more and more purified by the poses as the student’s practice progresses.

While the poses in Iyengar are similar to the poses in Ashtanga and other schools, there is no set series of poses utilized in each and every class. Besides poses, a class usually includes a relaxation period and, perhaps, some separate breath work. A “vinyasa,” or flow sequence, is often presented as part of a class.

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This class offers a slow-paced practice combining gentle and therapeutic yoga poses. It also includes  a relaxing stretching routine to increase your flexibility and muscle endurance, suitable for all levels. It is an invitation to relax, unwind and de-stress in the middle of your busy week and a wonderful complement to a more active yoga practice.

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After this class, you will feel refreshed and recharged. This class combines the traditions of flow-based and alignment-based styles of yoga. The class will be both invigorating and soothing, strengthening and relaxing, and challenging yet accessible. You can expect a well-balanced, all-levels class with focus on alignment, breath, and yogic philosophy principles.

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Ashtanga yoga is a dynamic and challenging form of hatha yoga. Each pose is linked to the next through a series of connecting movements called vinyasa, allowing the body to create heat and leading to more flexibility. Smooth, deep breathing (ujjayi), gaze (dristi) and locks (bandhas) are synchronized with the movements. This powerful and vigorous practice purifies and realigns the body, cultivating a feeling of inner peace, and leading to a natural state of meditation.

Ashtanga Foundations

This classes introduces students to the basic concepts and poses of the Ashtanga Yoga Series in a gentle, safe, and effective way. Basic philosophy is introduced along with an introduction to the sun salutations, standing poses, and some seated postures.
Extra time and attention are devoted to the breathing techniques and to establishing correct alignment within each posture. This class is designed to give the practitioner a firm and solid foundation in the practice, and is a great class for those new to the
series or the experience student who seeks a class devoted to detailing their existing ashtanga practice.

Beginning/Intermediate Ashtanga

This class builds on the basic introduction given in Ashtanga Foundations class, adding further intergration of breath and movement to the detailing of poses in the Foundations classes. In these classes all poses from the first half of the Primary Series are covered with variations for those newer to the practice. This class is recommended for those who have a strong background in yoga, athletics, or dance, or those who have had a comfortable experience in the Ashtanga Foundations class.

Ashtanga Yoga –  Led Primary Series

“1% is theory and 99% is practice.” – K. Pattabhi Jois

This is the full Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary Series taught in the tradition of K. Pattabbi Jois of Mysore, South India. The class is recommended for students that are comfortable in the Intermediate Ashtanga class. Emphasis is on pace and breath rather than alignment, which is worked on all the other Ashtanga classes.

Ashtanga Yoga – Mysore Style Self-Practice (see also the Mysore-style page)

Mysore classes are Ashtanga classes taught as they are taught by Sri K. Patthabi Jois in Mysore, India. The classes are self-paced, so that the student has the opportunity to find and follow their own breath. The teacher spends one-on-one time with each student, giving adjustments and moving them forward at a pace suitable to their strengths and abilities. Students of all levels practice together. If you are new to Ashtanga yoga it is recommended that you attend a few of the led classes above before trying a Mysore-sytle class.

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Please note, that Morning Mysore Style classes are wait list only. If you are new to YiY or new to Mysore Practice please email info@yogaisyouth.com to attend.

WHAT IS MYSORE-STYLE ASHTANGA YOGA?

The first thing to strike you when you walk into a Mysore-style Ashtanga yoga class is that it seems like total chaos. Here’s one student doing a headstand in the corner, while another is coming into the triangle posture and a third is struggling to balance on her arms. What is going on here? If you stay a while and watch closely, you start to notice a pattern emerging. Everyone seems to be on a path, following a precise choreography. Also, the silence is striking. Occasionally the teacher will whisper something to a student, but the dominant sound is the collective breath. You’ll notice the teacher move swiftly from student to student, giving adjustments as appropriate.

HOW TO START YOUR MYSORE STYLE PRACTICE

If you have an existing Mysore practice you are welcome to drop in for a morning class at YiY.

If you do not have an existing Mysore style practice but would like to start, we recommend one or the other of two options. The first option is to start by attending on of the intro to Mysore style workshop that we offer a few times each year (please check current listing) that will properly prepare you for attending this class.

The other option is to plan to come and observe the class any morning at 7:00 am or 800 am for 1/2 hour. This will give you a better sense of the class and how it works. After that you will feel more comfortable coming and starting your practice.

The teacher will give you a practice according to your ability. Since each posture is designed to prepare you for the rest of the series, beginners tend to have a much shorter practice than more experienced students. As they gain strength, stamina, flexibility and concentration, additional postures are given to the student.

If you get confused about the correct sequence of postures or need help with a particular posture, you should let your teacher know at any point during the practice. We are happy to help, no matter how many times you ask. If you are new to Ashtanga or accustomed to led classes, the Mysore-style setting can seem strange at first. But with commitment and a little patience, you will be amazed at how quickly you can learn to do yoga as a self-practice!

ABOUT COMMITMENT TO YOUR PRACTICE

The practice room is open between 5:30 am and 9:00 am during the week, however instruction starts at 6:00am. If your are new you can come any time between 6:00 am and 8:00 am.

The Ashtanga method is intended to be a daily practice and students are encouraged to make a commitment to practice at least 3 times a week for a month at a time. Traditionally, we practice every day except for Saturdays and Moon Days, which occur about twice monthly. It may be very difficult at first to commit to a daily practice, and it often takes one or two years to establish this. So don’t be discouraged if you’re “only” practicing twice a week at first.

CHEAT SHEETS

If you have a diagram of the Ashtanga yoga postures, we encourage you to review and study the postures at home instead of bringing it to class. This allows you to focus more on your breathing without distraction during class, and also helps people to learn the order of the postures fairly quickly.

If you have any additional questions about starting a Mysore Ashtanga practice at yoga is youth email AnneFinstad at gmail dot com.

Anne and Philippe

To see Moon Days (rest days) click on the schedule page for the pdf.

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Looking for a yoga class where you can engage in a moderate flow  AND work on alignment to ensure a safe and beneficial practice?  This class starts by getting centered and doing some calming breath-work.  Muscle tension is released through gentle movements and joint rotations. We’ll work gradually to warm and open up the body through detailed aligned postures. We’ll focus on balance, flexibility, strength, and endurance through standing and seated postures taught with clear directions, a joyful attitude, and a warm smile.  We always honor the body and use props and modifications when needed, so no worries if you are a beginner or an intermediate student needing a little extra support.  Class ends with some postures to unwind and calm the nervous system and  guided relaxation to leave you feeling serene, ready to face the day ahead!

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This Flow for Strength class is paced to keep you moving without rushing. The warm up, deliberately organized sequences and the cool down stretches have been designed to help you strengthen the major muscle groups – core, upper body and back – without sacrificing attention to detail. Although challenging, focus is on poses that most students can approach and/or accomplish within reason. Students (of varied levels) often give feedback that that they are pleased with a sense of progress that regular attendance at this class affords them. Contact the instructor Julianne Rice at julirice@yahoo.com if you are not sure this class is for you.

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This is Flow for Strength class, a very active, grounded and graceful flow practice emphasizing core and upper body strengthening without sacrificing attention to detail. It is appropriate for all levels with modifications for beginning, intermediate and advanced variations. It is a class that develops strength that will support anyone in the deepening and improvement of their Ashtanga practice. Time for handstand practice and/or preparation for handstand practice will always be included. Other inversions will be introduced methodically. Students will never be expected to do anything they do not feel ready for. Optional preparation exercises will always be made available. A short time will be allotted for pranayama and meditation at the end of each class.
 
For the next couple of months (until the end of December) we will be giving 100% of the monies collected for our Thursday 7:15pm class to the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund to assist those affected by the wildfires there.
 
We will accept your chosen amount of donation at the beginning of each (Thursday 7:15pm – 8:45pm) class. The payment method will need to be different/separate from your regular advance class purchase package. Come prepared with cash, check or credit card. Any amount is very much appreciated.
 
Thanks for helping us make an impact.

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In this class students will be provided a step-by-step approach to learn Ashtanga VinyasaPrimary Series. The asana in the primary series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga are curative in nature. They are also referred to as Yoga Chikitsa (purification). When we practice Ashtanga Vinyasa we start a purification process. We purify the body by practicing the physical asana. We purify the nervous system by the mechanism of Ujjayi, or Victorious Breath. We purify the mind by disciplining the mind to be focused on one thing at the time as we focus on the gazing point or the Drishti in each posture. The intent is to demystify all the postures in the series and try to learn the essence of each pose, rather than being too focused on how the poses look. At the beginning of the class we willexplore some of the curative aspect of a particular pose and at the end students will enjoy a guided deep healing relaxation. This class is available to all levels of students.

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This class is for all students interested in getting deeper into the breath using breath control techniques such as shitali, kapalabhati, nadi shodhana and kuhmbaka

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An ideal yoga workout during your lunch break through this challenging but not overwhelming vinyasa flow yoga practice, in which movement is synchronized to the breath. This energizing class involves sun salutations, standing, balance, and seated poses, twists, backbends, relaxation.  Leaving the class physically, and mentally refreshed in a lighter and stronger body with a calm mind.

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Moms-to-be come from all over the SF Bay Area to be in this community with other mothers, build resilience for child birthing, feel more comfortable in their changing bodies and deeply relax during the end of each class.

Modifications are offered to suit all trimesters and thus, each participant is given individual attention and care.

This practice provides the tools to prepare for birthing and postpartum recovery.

It is mixed levels (beginners welcome).

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Ashtanga yoga is a dynamic and challenging form of hatha yoga. Each pose is linked to the next through a series of connecting movements called vinyasa, allowing the body to create heat and leading to more flexibility. Smooth, deep breathing (ujjayi), gaze (dristi) and locks (bandhas) are synchronized with the movements. This powerful and vigorous practice purifies and realigns the body, cultivating a feeling of inner peace, and leading to a natural state of meditation.

Ashtanga Foundations

This classes introduces students to the basic concepts and poses of the Ashtanga Yoga Series in a gentle, safe, and effective way. Basic philosophy is introduced along with an introduction to the sun salutations, standing poses, and some seated postures.
Extra time and attention are devoted to the breathing techniques and to establishing correct alignment within each posture. This class is designed to give the practitioner a firm and solid foundation in the practice, and is a great class for those new to the
series or the experience student who seeks a class devoted to detailing their existing ashtanga practice.

Beginning/Intermediate Ashtanga

This class builds on the basic introduction given in Ashtanga Foundations class, adding further intergration of breath and movement to the detailing of poses in the Foundations classes. In these classes all poses from the first half of the Primary Series are covered with variations for those newer to the practice. This class is recommended for those who have a strong background in yoga, athletics, or dance, or those who have had a comfortable experience in the Ashtanga Foundations class.

Ashtanga Yoga –  Led Primary Series

“1% is theory and 99% is practice.” – K. Pattabhi Jois

This is the full Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary Series taught in the tradition of K. Pattabbi Jois of Mysore, South India. The class is recommended for students that are comfortable in the Intermediate Ashtanga class. Emphasis is on pace and breath rather than alignment, which is worked on all the other Ashtanga classes.

Ashtanga Yoga – Mysore Style Self-Practice (see also the Mysore-style page)

Mysore classes are Ashtanga classes taught as they are taught by Sri K. Patthabi Jois in Mysore, India. The classes are self-paced, so that the student has the opportunity to find and follow their own breath. The teacher spends one-on-one time with each student, giving adjustments and moving them forward at a pace suitable to their strengths and abilities. Students of all levels practice together. If you are new to Ashtanga yoga it is recommended that you attend a few of the led classes above before trying a Mysore-sytle class.

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Deep Relaxation rejuvenates and energizes the entire body.  It stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities and helps to normalize the circulatory system’s function.  Relaxation also dispels tension and fatigue in the physical body and relieves depression, anxiety, headaches, and cravings.  In this class we will experience deep relaxation through Yoga Nidra (Yogic Sleep). In accordance to Yogic philosophy as well as modern psychology there are three basic types of tension (muscular, emotional, and mental) that are responsible for all agonies of modern life. Yoga Nidra is a powerful technique in which you learn to consciously relax. It is a systematic method of inducing complete physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. In Yoga Nidra, we reach the state of deep relaxation by turning inwards, away from outer experiences. During practice of Yoga Nidra, one appears to be asleep, but the consciousness is functioning at a deeper level and for this reason Yoga Nidra is often referred to as deep relaxation with inner awareness.

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Safe, well-aligned asana (posture) practice to avoid injuries now and in the future, guided step by step! Modified according to your ability and any existing injuries.

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In this class students will be provided a step-by-step approach to learn Ashtanga VinyasaPrimary Series. The asana in the primary series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga are curative in nature. They are also referred to as Yoga Chikitsa (purification). When we practice Ashtanga Vinyasa we start a purification process. We purify the body by practicing the physical asana. We purify the nervous system by the mechanism of Ujjayi, or Victorious Breath. We purify the mind by disciplining the mind to be focused on one thing at the time as we focus on the gazing point or the Drishti in each posture. The intent is to demystify all the postures in the series and try to learn the essence of each pose, rather than being too focused on how the poses look. At the beginning of the class we willexplore some of the curative aspect of a particular pose and at the end students will enjoy a guided deep healing relaxation. This class is available to all levels of students.

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This Flow for Strength class is paced to keep you moving without rushing. The warm up, deliberately organized sequences and the cool down stretches have been designed to help you strengthen the major muscle groups – core, upper body and back – without sacrificing attention to detail. Although challenging, focus is on poses that most students can approach and/or accomplish within reason. Students (of varied levels) often give feedback that that they are pleased with a sense of progress that regular attendance at this class affords them. Contact the instructor Julianne Rice at julirice@yahoo.com if you are not sure this class is for you.

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Please note, that Morning Mysore Style classes are wait list only. If you are new to YiY or new to Mysore Practice please email info@yogaisyouth.com to attend.

WHAT IS MYSORE-STYLE ASHTANGA YOGA?

The first thing to strike you when you walk into a Mysore-style Ashtanga yoga class is that it seems like total chaos. Here’s one student doing a headstand in the corner, while another is coming into the triangle posture and a third is struggling to balance on her arms. What is going on here? If you stay a while and watch closely, you start to notice a pattern emerging. Everyone seems to be on a path, following a precise choreography. Also, the silence is striking. Occasionally the teacher will whisper something to a student, but the dominant sound is the collective breath. You’ll notice the teacher move swiftly from student to student, giving adjustments as appropriate.

HOW TO START YOUR MYSORE STYLE PRACTICE

If you have an existing Mysore practice you are welcome to drop in for a morning class at YiY.

If you do not have an existing Mysore style practice but would like to start, we recommend one or the other of two options. The first option is to start by attending on of the intro to Mysore style workshop that we offer a few times each year (please check current listing) that will properly prepare you for attending this class.

The other option is to plan to come and observe the class any morning at 7:00 am or 800 am for 1/2 hour. This will give you a better sense of the class and how it works. After that you will feel more comfortable coming and starting your practice.

The teacher will give you a practice according to your ability. Since each posture is designed to prepare you for the rest of the series, beginners tend to have a much shorter practice than more experienced students. As they gain strength, stamina, flexibility and concentration, additional postures are given to the student.

If you get confused about the correct sequence of postures or need help with a particular posture, you should let your teacher know at any point during the practice. We are happy to help, no matter how many times you ask. If you are new to Ashtanga or accustomed to led classes, the Mysore-style setting can seem strange at first. But with commitment and a little patience, you will be amazed at how quickly you can learn to do yoga as a self-practice!

ABOUT COMMITMENT TO YOUR PRACTICE

The practice room is open between 5:30 am and 9:00 am during the week, however instruction starts at 6:00am. If your are new you can come any time between 6:00 am and 8:00 am.

The Ashtanga method is intended to be a daily practice and students are encouraged to make a commitment to practice at least 3 times a week for a month at a time. Traditionally, we practice every day except for Saturdays and Moon Days, which occur about twice monthly. It may be very difficult at first to commit to a daily practice, and it often takes one or two years to establish this. So don’t be discouraged if you’re “only” practicing twice a week at first.

CHEAT SHEETS

If you have a diagram of the Ashtanga yoga postures, we encourage you to review and study the postures at home instead of bringing it to class. This allows you to focus more on your breathing without distraction during class, and also helps people to learn the order of the postures fairly quickly.

If you have any additional questions about starting a Mysore Ashtanga practice at yoga is youth email AnneFinstad at gmail dot com.

Anne and Philippe

To see Moon Days (rest days) click on the schedule page for the pdf.

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Both beginning and experienced students are welcome to join this mixed level class.

All instructions in this class are simply an invitation to the students. Instead of muscling through and trying to make asana (pose) picture-perfect, the students are encouraged to listen to their body and follow their body’s inner wisdom by carefully following the instructor’s alignment and physical cues. As we explore more challenging poses, the instructions get broken down to step-by-step, so that all students can try and find a variation of the pose which is most suitable for their condition of the day.

While we keep re-visiting the same alignment principles, influenced by Anusara Yoga, the instructor picks up a different focus for the class each week. In this way, students will always learn something new or something old in a new perspective no matter how many times they have attended this class.

This class begins with a little talk with a heart-based theme which is easy for students to relate to. The theme sets a tone for the class and helps students to experience yoga practice beyond physical realm. This will help student to apply their on-the-mat experience to the off-the-mat world of their daily life. This is one of best gems that the instructor received from Anusara Yoga.

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Ashtanga yoga is a dynamic and challenging form of hatha yoga. Each pose is linked to the next through a series of connecting movements called vinyasa, allowing the body to create heat and leading to more flexibility. Smooth, deep breathing (ujjayi), gaze (dristi) and locks (bandhas) are synchronized with the movements. This powerful and vigorous practice purifies and realigns the body, cultivating a feeling of inner peace, and leading to a natural state of meditation.

Ashtanga Foundations

This classes introduces students to the basic concepts and poses of the Ashtanga Yoga Series in a gentle, safe, and effective way. Basic philosophy is introduced along with an introduction to the sun salutations, standing poses, and some seated postures.
Extra time and attention are devoted to the breathing techniques and to establishing correct alignment within each posture. This class is designed to give the practitioner a firm and solid foundation in the practice, and is a great class for those new to the
series or the experience student who seeks a class devoted to detailing their existing ashtanga practice.

Beginning/Intermediate Ashtanga

This class builds on the basic introduction given in Ashtanga Foundations class, adding further intergration of breath and movement to the detailing of poses in the Foundations classes. In these classes all poses from the first half of the Primary Series are covered with variations for those newer to the practice. This class is recommended for those who have a strong background in yoga, athletics, or dance, or those who have had a comfortable experience in the Ashtanga Foundations class.

Ashtanga Yoga –  Led Primary Series

“1% is theory and 99% is practice.” – K. Pattabhi Jois

This is the full Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary Series taught in the tradition of K. Pattabbi Jois of Mysore, South India. The class is recommended for students that are comfortable in the Intermediate Ashtanga class. Emphasis is on pace and breath rather than alignment, which is worked on all the other Ashtanga classes.

Ashtanga Yoga – Mysore Style Self-Practice (see also the Mysore-style page)

Mysore classes are Ashtanga classes taught as they are taught by Sri K. Patthabi Jois in Mysore, India. The classes are self-paced, so that the student has the opportunity to find and follow their own breath. The teacher spends one-on-one time with each student, giving adjustments and moving them forward at a pace suitable to their strengths and abilities. Students of all levels practice together. If you are new to Ashtanga yoga it is recommended that you attend a few of the led classes above before trying a Mysore-sytle class.

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Meditation is a mind-body practice in complementary and alternative medicine. There are many types of meditation, most of which originated in ancient religious and spiritual traditions. In this class a person learns to focus attention. You will be invited to become mindful of thoughts, feelings, and sensations and to observe them in a nonjudgmental way. This practice is believed to result in a state of greater calmness and physical relaxation, and psychological balance. Practicing meditation can change how a person relates to the flow of emotions and thoughts.

Benefits:

Improvement of body luster and general health-When your mind focuses on a particular part of the body, the blood flow to that part increases and cells receive more oxygen and other nutrients in abundance. Today, many of the film stars and fashion models include meditation in their daily regimen.

Improvement in concentration – Many of the athletes and sports professionals regularly employ meditation methods. Studies have found a direct correlation between concentration exercises (meditation) and the performance level of sports professionals. Meditation strengthens the mind, it comes under control and is able to provide effective guidance to the physical body to effectively execute all its projects.

Though meditation is usually recognized as a largely spiritual practice, it also has many health benefits. The yoga and meditation techniques are being implemented in management of life threatening diseases; in transformation of molecular and genetic structure; in reversal of mental illnesses, in accelerated learning programs, in perceptions and communications beyond the physical, in solving problems and atomic and nuclear physics; in gaining better ecological understanding; in management of lifestyle and future world problems. Some benefits of meditation are:

  • It lowers oxygen consumption.
  • It decreases respiratory rate.
  • It increases blood flow and slows the heart rate.
  • Increases exercise tolerance in heart patients.
  • Leads to a deeper level of relaxation.
  • Good for people with high blood pressure as it brings the B.P. to normal.
  • Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate.
  • Decreases muscle tension (any pain due to tension) and headaches.
  • Builds self-confidence.
  • It increases serotonin production which influences mood and behaviour. Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression, obesity, insomnia and headaches.
  • Helps in chronic diseases like allergies , arthritis etc.
  • Reduces Pre- menstrual Syndrome.
  • Helps in post-operative healing.
  • Enhances the immune system. Research has revealed that meditation increases activity of ‘natural-killer cells’, which kill bacteria and cancer cells.
  • Also reduces activity of viruses and emotional distress.

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