The name Ashtanga means ‘8-limbs’ in Sanskrit. It is reference to the 8-part method of practice in ancient text called the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. The practice of asana or postures is one part of a comprehensive discipline of self knowledge and care including physical and mental training.
Ashtanga is a dynamic method of choreographed sequences of postures linked with breath and concentration techniques that give practical experience of the 8-limbed method. We offer a variety of Led Ashtanga classes based on the Ashtanga Yoga system for all levels.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Full Primary (90 min)
This class is for experienced students. In this class the teacher will call out the names of the poses in Sanskrit according to the classical vinyasa count. To encourage independence and focus, the teacher does not demonstrate or offer modifications, however you are encouraged to modify as needed. The full sequence of asanas is meant to be learned gradually. If you have not learned the full sequence, you can observe what is to come next.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Half Primary (60 min)
This class follows a dynamic sequence of asanas/poses designed to stretch, strengthen, and detoxify your body. Expect to sweat and be challenged. Some simple hands on adjustments may be offered, and modifications will be shown as necessary. Sanskrit names and counts are used as much as possible. Appropriate for those new to yoga that are in good physical shape.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Second Series (75)
In this class we introduce students familiar with the Ashtanga Basic Foundations or Half/Full Primary series format to what is commonly referred to as the “2nd” series in the Ashtanga Vinyasa System. Students are guided through a series of sun salutations, and a mix of the standing postures practiced in the Ashtanga Basic, Half, and Full Primary. The teacher then guides in a workshop fashion an introduction of various 2nd series postures targeted at improving the central nervous system through spinal twists and providing opportunity to develop upper body strength and flexibility not provided for in the 1st series. The teacher teaches each student variations based on their abilities and desire for challenge. The 2nd series provides total balance in the the health of the body and mind! Best suited for those who have familiarized themselves with the Half or Full Primary series.
Ashtanga Short Form Foundations/Yin (75 Min)
This class draws on the poses from the half primary series, leaving off some of the more complex poses. This class is perfect for fit beginners, or those who want to get their practice done in a more condensed timeframe. The teacher will take time to demonstrate or explain the technique for entering postures as necessary and modifications of poses will be shown for all ability levels. This class will give you the opportunity to flow, breath, and sweat at a mellow pace. We end the class with long deep stretches and relaxation. Appropriate for beginners.
Sunrise Gentle Flow – Heated (60 min)
This class based in the ashtanga series follows the signature technique of linking breath and movement, called vinyasa. It will begin with seated mindful breathing and slowly warm the body in preparation for Sun Salutations. The pace of this class will be mellow and the sequence will be tailored to the students in attendance. Flow will include a short standing sequence, a short floor sequence, and finish with final long stretches and a reclined relaxation.
Suitable for all levels.
Vinyasa is a style of yoga characterized by stringing postures together so that you move from one to another, seamlessly, with breath. Our Vinyasa classes offer a variety of postures and no two classes are ever alike. Unlike, Ashtanga which follows the same sequence each practice.
The variable nature of Vinyasa Yoga helps to develop a more balanced body as well as prevent repetitive motion injuries that can happen if you are always doing the same thing every day.
Vinyasa Flow I – Warm (60 min)
This 60 minute session is fun and eclectic in nature. The practice is fun and informative with an experienced teacher who provides support to make the practice accessible/challenging for all levels.
Vinyasa Flow II – Heated (60 min)
This breath based class will link the breath with a vigorous and mindful flow. Set to music, students will build strength, flexibility and concentration while cleansing the body and calming the mind. Intermediate to Experienced recommended.
Power Vinyasa – Heated (60 min)
Expect to find strength and fluidity in this breath driven flow. This all levels practice cultivates focus, alignment, stamina and flexibility. This class will feature an upbeat soundtrack and challenging sequences including unique core work. The class will always end with a set of thoughtful, deep stretches. Intermediate to Experienced recommended.
Yin Yoga (75 min)
Yin yoga is the perfect compliment to our yang style of yoga practice. Yang yoga practices include vinyasa, ashtanga, even running, cycling, or any physical activity.
Yin is very passive approach to yoga where poses are performed mainly seated on the floor or laying down. The poses are held for longer periods of time allowing deeper access to the body targeting our connective tissues, fascia and ligaments with the aim of lubricating and protecting our joints. These are areas of the body not often reached with a typical yang style yoga practice or fitness regime.
Functional Fitness Yoga (60 min)
Functional Fitness refers to exercises that improve daily activity. Functional Fitness Yoga combines, breath work, Vinyasa (flowing style) yoga and deep stretching with functional exercises to challenge balance and coordination while simultaneously improving strength and range of motion. Students new to yoga and experienced yogis welcome.
Gentle Yoga (60 min)
This gentle practice is slow and restorative, with emphasis on proper alignment and structural integrity of posture. Perfect for individuals newer to yoga, healing from an injury, or students who just want a change of pace. All levels welcome.
Kundalini and Meditation (75 min)
Kundalini Yoga is an uplifting blend of spiritual and physical practices, combining meditation, movement, mantra and dynamic breathing techniques to strengthen the mind, body and spirit. This ancient practice brings self-healing, inspiration, and transformation. Kundalini Yoga empowers us to prosper, excel, and shine in life! Collierville Yoga’s Kundalini and Meditation Class is for all fitness levels. Research supports that Kundalini Yoga may improve perceived and actual stress (salivary cortisol levels), mental depression, obsessive compulsive symptomology, mood, connection to one’s life purpose, coping skills among cancer patients, recovery from substance abuse withdrawal, and abstinence from abuse/addiction. The possibilities are limitless as research continues to explore the profound effects of Kundalini yoga on other illnesses and medical conditions
Youth Yoga Series (6-weeks)
The Youth programs run seasonally throughout the year. The 2019 Winter series is 6 weeks which includes 12 sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 pm January 17 through February 21. Class passes are valid for the dates of the series only and now available for $210 The Youth Class Pass also allows your child to attend as many adult classes during the series dates for no extra charge as long as a parent or adult guardian with a valid pass attends the class too. Purchase a Youth Series Class Pass before Dec 31st to avoid paying TN state sales tax which begins Jan. 1. No refunds are provided. Drop-ins are welcome ($18 each). Students are expected but not required to attend all sessions in order to gain the maximum benefit and fun! The class requires a good attitude, discipline, and don’t forget the fun. There are many benefits beyond creating fit bodies for athletic and non-athletic youth! According to Psychology Today, the benefits include improving physical fitness and general health, reducing stress and anxiety, improving optimism, improving focus and school performance, improving self-esteem and body image, encouraging creativity, and developing discipline and self-regulation. According to Psychology Today, more than 1.7 million children and teens are practicing yoga and many schools now offer yoga programs to help with student’s mental and physical development! We must have a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15 for the series to be a go. Please share with friends and family with youth between 8 & 13 years who would benefit from yoga.