Ashtanga Vinyasa: the Foundation of Modern Vinyasa Practice 

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois & R. Sharath Jois in Mysore, India, is the historical basis of every practice we now call “power,” “flow,” and “vinyasa” yoga.  Ashtanga was the first practice to link together movement and breath, and the first practice to incorporate what modern vinyasa teachers would call “intelligent sequencing” (the literal meaning of the Sanskrit word vinyasa  is “to place in a special order.”)  Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga has its philosophical basis in the eight (astau) limb (anga) path found in the Yoga Sutra-s, and so while from a distance, the practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa appears to be simply a set sequence of postures, there is a world of deeper realms beneath the surface.  

Curriculum:

  • Experience primary series (offered with modifications)

  • Experience Mysore-style ashtanga practice

  • Explore what David Swenson calls “The Five Elements of Practice”

  • Learn Ashtanga history and philosophy

  • Learn and practice Sanskrit pose names

  • Learn the vande, the traditional opening mantra for ashtanga vinyasa

Days/Times:

  • Thursday 5:30-9:30pm

  • Friday 5:30-9:30pm

  • Saturday 9am-6pm (30-min lunch)

  • Sunday 9am-6pm (30-min lunch)

About the Teacher;

Cheryl Oliver, E-RYT500, has been teaching Sanskrit, vedic chant and yoga philosophy since 2004, and yoga asana since 1998. Cheryl’s teaching style is warm and compassionate, enthusiastic and patient.  Every workshop is experiential (and fun!) as Cheryl gently encourages students out of their comfort zone toward practice, understanding and transformation. Cheryl is blessed to count Sonia Nelson, Menaka Desikachar and Nicolai Bachman among her many teachers.  She is one of only 30 Certified Vedic Chant Teachers in North America, and has passed the GCSE Examination in Sanskrit offered by Cambridge University. She has completed four trips to India to study ashtanga vinyasa with Rolf & Marci Naujokat, and Sanskrit & vedic chant at Sannidhi of Krishnamacarya Yoga (SKY) and the Krishnamacarya Yoga Mandiram (KYM). Cheryl owns Authentic Yoga Teacher Training in Scottsdale, AZ, offering Yoga Alliance Registered 200 & 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training programs.

*25 hours Yoga Alliance CEU’s

**Can be applied to 300-hour RYT