Mini Mysore Intensive with Krista Shirley
Nov
10
to Nov 12

Mini Mysore Intensive with Krista Shirley

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Krista Shirley is a dedicated student, practitioner, and level 2 Authorized teacher of traditional Ashtanga Yoga.   Krista began making yearly visits to Mysore, India in 2006 to study with the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Guruji, in order to fully connect to this lineage and embrace and surrender to a teacher that could help facilitate her growth and provide a deep source of inspiration. Since Guruji’s passing in 2009 Krista continues to make the yearly pilgrimage to India to study with Guruji’s grandson R. Sharath Jois who has dedicated his life continuing the work of Guruji.

Krista’s dedication to her personal yoga practice and the Ashtanga lineage shine through in her teaching. Her energy is contagious and inspiring because she lives this yoga daily and experiences tremendous fulfillment in helping people find and deepen their growth in this practice. Krista continues her trips to Mysore each year to continue her own studies because she believes it is very important all students have a teacher, a guide, to aid and inspire along the path.

Join Krista at The Shala of Pittsburgh Ashtanga Yoga for for Mini-Myosre Intensive and deepen your yoga practice with 3 Morning Mysore sessions and 3 afternoon workshop sessions with this inspiring authorized teacher!

Mysore 

"Mysore style" is traditionally practiced silently, with individual instruction, and is named after Mysore, India, where Ashtanga Yoga originated and was taught by Sri k Pattabhi Jois for many years.  Anyone is welcome to come to this class, but it is recommended you have attended Mysore class at minimum once prior at The Shala.  Students will work at their own pace, according to his or her individual needs, while Krista walks around the room providing hands on adjustments and verbal instruction as needed.  Mysore style is the absolute best way to learn and practice yoga.  It enables you to create a dedicated, daily practice that will take you infinitely deeper into the peace and calm a quiet mind and strong body can provide.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Mornings Nov 10, 11, 12, 2017    8:30am to 11am

Investment:  $40 each session

Deconstruction Before Reconstruction 

Intended for students with a daily practice.  We go through phases in our practice.  In the beginning it feels good, and we feel good for doing the practice.  But as you get deeper into your practice the honeymoon phase ends as you start to uncover deep seated physical and emotional blockages.  These blockages must be dealt with in order for us to let go of that baggage we hold deep within our bodies and minds.  This can be extremely uncomfortable both physically and mentally and this is often the point where people either choose to face themselves and dig deep, keep practicing but on a very surface level, or walk away from this yoga altogether.  In this workshop, we will learn how to deal with the discomfort we face in our yoga asana practice.  Muscles, bones and nerves, emotional scars, fears and hurts...they all come to the surface with daily asana practice.  Join Krista in a discussion about deconstruction before reconstruction.  Suitable for all levels.

Friday, November 10, 2017    12pm - 2pm

Investment:  $45

Ground It Down, Twist It Out

A phenomenal and eye opening session of all levels of practitioners.  Once we can truly root and stabilize the body we can take any twist infinitely deeper in asana practice.  Spend the afternoon with Krista exploring how to better stabilize the body through the hands, feet and pelvis, which then allows us to tap into opposing forces as we ground down and lift and twist up and out.  You will be truly amazed how much deeper you can take any of your twists once you can safely, steadily, and strongly root your body and your mind.

Saturday, November 11, 201712pm - 2pm

Investment $45

Digging Deep Into Backbends

Spend the afternoon with Krista digging deep into your waist, your back, and your heart.  Understanding the emotional and physiological connection to back-bending can help you infinitely deepen your physical understanding of back-bending.  Utilizing various back bends from the Ashtanga series, we will explore the use of the waist, the heart and the spine in back bends and look into how emotions help or hinder our growth.  Leave this session with a new found love of back bends, a new appreciation of our own "perceived" limitations, and tools to take your practice to a new level.  Suitable for all levels.

Sunday, November 12, 2017   12pm - 2pm

Investment:  $45

Register for the WHOLE WEEKEND package at a discounted rate of $210!

***This is NOT a teacher training.  No credit hours or certificates are issued as a result of your attendance.  Attending this workshop does not qualify you to teach Ashtanga Yoga.  This workshop series is designed to deepen your yoga practice, whatever that may entail for you.  Please enjoy this rich opportunity to study with one of the lineage's authorized instructors.***

***72 hour advance written notification to info@theshalapittsburgh.com is required to receive a full refund for cancellation.  Workshops are non-transferable.***

 

 

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Intro to Ashtanga Yoga Workshop Series
Oct
7
to Oct 28

Intro to Ashtanga Yoga Workshop Series

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Join us at The Shala for this informative workshop series on Ashtanga Yoga and the traditional Mysore method of teaching. Ashtanga Yoga is a complex, challenging, energizing yet meditative form of vinyasa yoga taught by the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and currently taught by his grandson, R Sharath Jois. Pattabhi Jois taught his students individually, providing hands on instruction and assistance as needed, but in a group setting.

This workshop series, which will span a 4 week period, is designed for the beginner and the seasoned yogi alike. If you are new to Ashtanga Yoga, you will find this workshop will help you gain a deeper understanding of the Ashtanga practice and will most certainly prepare you to practice the way Ashtanga Yoga was meant to be taught and learned: Mysore Style!

Workshop education will include:

-A comfortable, accepting class environment in which to learn about a method of yoga that may not be so familiar to you!

-One dedicated session a week with 2 hours of workshop instruction, across the span of 4 weeks

-4 weeks of unlimited classes at The Shala during the workshop timeframe 

-A review of the history and practice of Ashtanga Yoga

-A discussion on the eight limbs of yoga

-An introduction to the yoga sutras

-A review, break down, and practice (both led and Mysore style!) of the standing sequence and the last few closing sequence postures of the Ashtanga Yoga method

-Hands on assistance with and modifications of the postures of the standing sequence as needed

Investment: $100 (Includes the four 2 hour long workshop series classes and unlimited classes at The Shala Oct 3, 2017 through  31, 2017)

**New Students or students without a membership only**

Sign up through MindBody via the CONTRACTS/PACKAGES section please (link provided)

*Cancellation Policy:  We must receive cancellation notice in writing to info@theshalapittsburgh.com at at least 72 hours prior to the workshop start date of October 7, 2017 in order to issue you a refund.  Otherwise, workshop is non-refundable.  Workshop is non-transferable.*

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Trini Foundation Fundraiser Class
Sep
30
10:00 AM10:00

Trini Foundation Fundraiser Class

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The Trini Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the life-changing practice of Ashtanga yoga to those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. It is the foundation's mission to provide yoga as a tool to aid in the recovery process and help those who are suffering maintain long-term sobriety.

Through the Trini Foundation Scholarship program, individuals in recovery from addiction and other economically disadvantaged individuals are provided tuition assistance at yoga studios around the country.  These scholarships give everyone in the community access to the life-changing Ashtanga yoga practice under the supervision of trained yoga teachers. 

The state of Pennysylvania ranks 9th in the country (2015 stats) for drug overdose deaths.  Drug overdose is the leading cause of Injury Death in the United States (above car accidents, etc).  Addiction is a disease that should be treated comprehensively and individually.  Community is KEY in the recovery process.

We are proud to become a partner studio with The Trini Foundation.  September is National Recovery Month.  Join us in this important cause to help raise awareness of the epidemic of drug addiction.  Hello us raise funds for the foundation and provide an important and helpful tool to those in need.

Saturday, September 30th, 10am - 12pm, Half Led Primary Series with Laurie Held-Ireland.  Class is donation based, and 100% of the proceeds will go toward the Trini Foundation's Cause.  Please reserve your spot online as our max capacity is 40 students.  Donate in person at The Shala (recommended donation $15)

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Ashtanga Yoga Transitions
Jun
10
1:00 PM13:00

Ashtanga Yoga Transitions

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w/Laura Gorham-Huon

Jump forward from down dog, jump back to Chaturanga from standing, jump through to seated, jump back to Chaturanga from seated..... the "jump" list goes on (and is it really jumping???)!

This workshop is geared toward helping the student understand the importance of transitions in the Ashtanga method, and learn to establish techniques and methods necessary to eventually master these floating transitions. We will review and break down how to approach jumping forward from down dog and jumping back from standing, jumping through to seated and back from seated, and more of the lesser known transitions in the primary and second series of Ashtanga Yoga.   Suited for all levels, Laura will teach you how to develop and grow into these transitions wherever you are at in your practice.  Be prepared to sweat as she reviews stretches and strengthening exercises, and challenges you to find your inner strength and courage to lift "up" as you move through your practice. 

It's time to lift up yogis!

Investment:  $35

Space will be limited to 20 students.  

***Workshop fees are non-refundable without 48 hour cancellation notice in writing to info@theshalapittsburgh.com. Workshop is non-transferable***

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Intro to Ashtanga Yoga Workshop Series
May
3
to May 24

Intro to Ashtanga Yoga Workshop Series

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This workshop series, which will span a 4 week period, is designed for the beginner and the seasoned yogi alike. If you are new to Ashtanga Yoga, you will find this workshop will help you gain a deeper understanding of the Ashtanga practice and will most certainly prepare you to practice the way Ashtanga Yoga was meant to be taught and learned: Mysore Style!

Workshop education will include:

-A comfortable, accepting class environment in which to learn about a method of yoga that may not be so familiar to you!

-One dedicated session a week with 2 hours of workshop instruction, across the span of 4 weeks

-4 weeks of unlimited classes at The Shala during the workshop timeframe (May 3 through May 31)

-A review of the history and practice of Ashtanga Yoga

-A discussion on the eight limbs of yoga

-An introduction to the yoga sutras

-A review, break down, and practice (both led and Mysore style!) of the standing sequence and the last few closing sequence postures of the Ashtanga Yoga method

-Hands on assistance with and modifications of the postures of the standing sequence as needed

Investment: $100 (Includes the four 2 hour long workshop series classes and unlimited classes at The Shala May 3, 2017 through May 31, 2017)

**New Students or students without a membership only**

**Cancellation policy:  We must receive 72 hours written notice to info@theshalapittsburgh.com for cancellation to receive full refund.  Otherwise, workshop is not refundable.  Workshop is non-transferable**

Class will be limited to 15 students!

 

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Hip Opening in The Primary Series w/Lori Brandt
Apr
8
11:00 AM11:00

Hip Opening in The Primary Series w/Lori Brandt

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A 2 hour intensive ashtanga practice diving into the primary series with additional research poses and stretches to deepen your practice. This practice is dedicated to those with tight hips, knee injuries, and/or sacroiliac dysfunction to help with flexibility issues, to alleviate pain in the practice and assist with injury prevention. Prior ashtanga experience is recommended.

Lori's regularly scheduled Half Primary Series Class on that date will be CANCELLED in lieu of this special, informative class.

Investment:  $20 (pre-register or walk-in)

 

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Mysore Intensive with Taylor Hunt
Mar
24
to Mar 26

Mysore Intensive with Taylor Hunt

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Join us at The Shala for a 3 day mini-Mysore Intensive with KPJAYI Authorized Level 2 Ashtanga Yoga Instructor Taylor Hunt.  

Taylor Hunt is a devoted student of Ashtanga, a system of yoga originally transmitted by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. The system is now transmitted by his teacher, Sharath Jois, in Mysore, India.  Taylor was the first Ashtanga teacher in Ohio granted Level II Authorization to teach from the Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) in Mysore, India. He is dedicated to sharing the transformative and healing practice with others by teaching daily Mysore classes at Ashtanga Yoga Columbus and offering workshops around the country. He is also the author of the recently published book, A Way From Darkness, and director of the Trini Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing the life-changing practice of Ashtanga with those suffering from addiction.

Schedule:

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings (March 24, 25, 26):  

Mysore 7am to 9am followed by Pranayama, Chanting, Sutra Study 9am to 10:30am

Friday, March 24 1pm to 3pm  Tristhana Method:  Breath, Bandha, & Dristhi

Come prepared to explore the basis of the Ashtanga method known as tristhana. Tristhana means the three places of attention: breath with bandha (internal energy locks), asana, and dristhi (gazing point). When practiced simultaneously, the tristhana method becomes a tool to steady the mind transforming the physical practice into a moving meditation. In this workshop, we will explore the internal elements of the practice while taking a deeper look at the fundamental poses of the vinyasa sequence.

Saturday, March 25 1pm to 3pm      Ekam Inhale, Dwe Exhale: Learning the Count

The Ashtanga practice has a specific vinyasa count for each movement. The count is intended to keep the practitioner focused on the breath and in the present moment. By extending the length of each inhalation and exhalation to match the vinyasa count, internal heat is produced which purifies and detoxifies the body. This workshop gives the opportunity to learn the proper count in order to better facilitate a meditative practice. This is a fun and interactive workshop for anyone looking to deepen their understanding of the practice.

Sunday, March 26 1pm to 3pm           Intro to Second Series

The second series is called nadi shodana which means to cleanse the nervous system. The series works on the subtle body by opening the channels allowing prana to move freely. In this workshop, we will take an in-depth look at the Second Series from alignment of the physical postures to the energetic qualities. Learn how to safely approach these challenging postures.  Open to all levels but be prepared to work!

Registration will be by day, not by individual sessions

Investment:

All 3 days (Fri, Sat, Sun):  $300        Individual Days:  $110/day

***Please note this is NOT a teacher training.  No credit hours or certificates are issued as a result of your attendance.  Attending this workshop does NOT qualify you to teach Ashtanga Yoga.  This workshop series is designed to deepen your yoga practice, whatever that may entail for you.  Please enjoy this rich opportunity to study with one of the lineage's authorized teachers.***

**Cancellation policy:  We must receive 72 hours written notice to info@theshalapittsburgh.com for cancellation to receive full refund.  Otherwise, workshop is not refundable.  Workshop is non-transferable**

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Discover Your Bandhas
Dec
4
1:00 PM13:00

Discover Your Bandhas

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After having a vaginal birth in August 2016, Laura has never been more motivated to get her bandhas back into shape!  "What bandhas?" you may ask of yourself.  "I have no idea what or where they are!"  In this workshop, Laura will cover the anatomy of the bandhas (pelvic floor and lower abdomen), the energetic locks of mula and uddiyana bandha, exercises to help you access and strengthen this area of your body, and poses in which you can easily practice using them.  Without bandhas, no lift or lightness is happening!  This will be a fun, educational, and playful workshop in which you will become more aware of an area of your body that you walk around ignoring every day! 

Investment:
Pre-register $30
Walk-In $35

Class will be limited to 15 students.

This Workshop is FULL!  Walk-Ins will not be accepted.
 

***Refund cannot be provided without 72 hour cancellation notice in writing to info@theshalapittsburgh.com.  Workshop is not transferable.***

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The Essence of Sadhana Weekend with Tim Miller
Nov
4
to Nov 6

The Essence of Sadhana Weekend with Tim Miller

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The Essence of Sadhana—A Weekend with Tim Miller

The practice of Ashtanga Yoga is an ancient and powerful discipline for cultivating physical, mental and spiritual health. Progressive techniques of breath, posture and movement, cleanse, stretch and strengthen the body as well as focus and calm the mind. A deeper experience of the self becomes possible through consistent practice.

Tim Miller has been studying and teaching Ashtanga Yoga for over thirty years and was the first American certified to teach by Pattabhi Jois at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India. Tim has a thorough knowledge of this ancient system, which he imparts in a dynamic, yet compassionate and playful manner. “My goal as a teacher is to inspire a passion for practice. The practice itself, done consistently and accurately, is the real teacher.” 

Friday Morning, 7am - 9am:  Mysore with Tim Miller

This class will be limited to 30 students.  Prior Mysore experience with an established Ashtanga Yoga practice is required to attend this session.   

Friday Evening, 5:30pm - 8:00pm:  Taming the Mind (SESSION FULL)

“Roots and Wings—The Mysterious and Elusive Bandhas”

Foundational to the practice of Ashtanga Yoga is the application of Mula Bandha and Uddhiyana Bandha to bring steadiness and lightness to the body, length and smoothness to the breath, and concentration to the mind.  Through an exploration of different asanas and pranayamas we will discover how the proper application of the bandhas can take our practice to the next level of “Mindfulness” by tempering the excessive Rajasic quality of our minds. (Light practice, suitable for anyone—2.5 hours)                                            

Saturday Morning, 9am - 11:30am:   Enlightening the Body

“The Primary Series of Asanas—An Archetype of Sadhana”

A brief synopsis of Sadhana Pada (Chapter Two of the Yoga Sutras) followed by Yoga Chikitsa (Primary Series), a systematic and profound methodology for reducing Tamas by detoxifying the body, removing excess Apana from the system, and quite literally, bringing us to our senses.  The class will conclude with the Hanuman Chalisa—40 verses in praise of the embodiment of perfect Sadhana (Hanuman). (Strong practice—2.5 hours)

Saturday Afternoon, 1:30pm - 4:00pm:  “Consulting the Jungle Physician”

Good teachers and practitioners recognize that the practice of yoga involves work on the physical, psychological, and spiritual levels of the human being.  Tim brings 35 years of practical experience as a yoga teacher, extensive study of anatomy, pranayama, yoga philosophy, Indian mythology, Jyotisha (Vedic astrology), mantra, and kirtan to better assist his students in their Sadhana.  This will be an open forum to ask yoga related questions—on therapeutics, biomechanics, evolution of practice with age, history of ashtanga yoga, pranayama, yoga philosophy, etc. (No practice, some asana—2.5 hours)

Sunday Morning, 9:00am - 11:30am:  Enlightening the Body Even More   

“Nadi Shodana—An Introduction to the Intermediate Series of Asanas”        

An explanation of the purpose of the second series and its relationship to the Pranamaya Kosha (Energy Body), the Chakras, and the Kundalini Shakti, plus an introduction to Nadi Shodana that includes an in depth preparation for some of the more challenging poses, like bhekasana, kapotasana, and eka pada sirsasana (strong practice—2.5 hours)

Sunday Afternoon, 1:30pm - 4:00pm:  Unveiling the Spirit

“Polishing the Mirror—Pranayama, Mantra and Kirtan”

An exploration of the practice of Pranayama and Mantra to cultivate the Sattvic quality and awaken the Buddhi (the awakened mind), and a grand finale of Kirtan to take us Nirguna (beyond the Gunas) and into the Anandamaya Kosha (the abode of bliss) (No asana—2.5 hours)   

***Students are encouraged to register for the entire weekend, with or without Mysore Class depending on your Ashtanga Yoga experience.  As such, registration for individual sessions will open later.***

***Please note this is NOT a teacher training.  No credit hours or certificates are issued as a result of your attendance.  Attending this workshop does NOT qualify you to teach Ashtanga Yoga.  This workshop series is designed to deepen your yoga practice, whatever that may entail for you.  Please enjoy this rich opportunity to study with one of the lineage's true gurus!***

Registration is open!

Investment:

Mysore:  $35

All Other Session:  $70 EACH

Only a few spots left in each session!

***Refund policy:  Refund cannot be issued without 72 hour cancellation notice, in writing to info@theshalapittsburgh.com.  Workshop is non-transferable.***

 

 

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Standing in Your Strength
Jul
17
12:00 PM12:00

Standing in Your Strength

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We often walk and stand on our legs without giving it much thought. It follows that in our standing yoga postures we can also take our standing ability for granted. We don't cultivate as much strength and awareness in our legs, hips and torso as we could. This workshop will focus on anatomy, alignment and engagement techniques that help to cultivate awareness and strength in the standing postures of Ashtanga Yoga.

Lizandra has used the Ashtanga Yoga method to recover from a serious spinal cord injury. In the past 7-8 months she has deepened her understanding of what it takes to stand strong in life and in her standing postures. She is excited to share what she has learned with the participants of this workshop

Investment:
Pre-register: $25
Walk-In: $30 

 

****No refunds or transfers will be issued with less than 48 hour cancellation notice****

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Finding Your Hips
May
22
12:00 PM12:00

Finding Your Hips

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THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL!

Why are we open in one area of the hips but tight in another?  Hips, where are you, anyway?  This workshop is designed to help you learn more about yourself through your hips.  Through discussion and exploration, we will learn where we are tight or loose in our hips (everyone is different!), how aware or unaware we are of our hips in space, and what emotions we dredge up as we begin to develop increased awareness in this area of our body.   This class will start with a review of the anatomy of the hip, move forward with discussion and exploration of our hips based on what we learned from the anatomy portion, and will close with a 1 hour practice that is geared toward increasing awareness of our hips in space and opening up those “tight spots”. 

Remember, your legs are attached to your hips:  what you can or cannot do with your hips will largely influence what you can or cannot do with your legs, and vice versa!

Pre-Register:  $30

Walk-In:  $35

Space is limited to 15 students to maximize individual attention and instruction

*****Refund Policy:  Refund can only be issued with 48 hour minimum cancellation notice.   If 48 hour cancellation notice not given, refund or credit cannot be given.******


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Taylor Hunt Mini Mysore Intensive Weekend
Apr
15
to Apr 17

Taylor Hunt Mini Mysore Intensive Weekend

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Join us at The Shala of Pittsburgh Ashtanga Yoga for a Mini Mysore Intensive with Taylor Hunt April 15, 2016 through April 17, 2016!  Taylor Hunt is a devoted student of Ashtanga. He makes yearly trips to India to further his studies at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) under the guidance of his teacher, R. Sharath Jois. In 2013, after several extended trips, Taylor was granted Level 2 Authorization to teach from KPJAYI and has had the honor of assisting his teacher in India on two separate occasions. Taylor is dedicated to sharing the healing practice that changed his life with others. He continues to inspire others through his story of transformation and accessible approach to the practice.
 
Taylor will take over The Shala for three consecutive days in April 2016.  Each morning (Friday 15th, Saturday 16th, and Sunday the 17th) he will teach Mysore class from 7am to 9am, followed by a 1 to 1.5 hour session on Pranayama and Sutra study.  We will take a break and regroup each afternoon for more relaxed, intimate, and highly educational 3 hour long workshop with Taylor.
 
Afternoon Workshops include:
 
Foundations: Ground Your Practice (April 15, 2016)
In this workshop, we will take an in-depth look at the traditional Ashtanga Yoga method while exploring the foundational poses of the Primary Series. The standing and seated poses lay the groundwork for the Ashtanga Yoga method and are designed to strengthen the legs while opening the hips and hamstrings. They create a grounded and stable base to further progress in the practice. We will spend ample time exploring proper alignment and techniques to work through restricted movements. This workshop is appropriate for all levels of practitioners.
 
Anatomy Workshop (April 16, 2016)
Dive deeper into your practice with understanding of functional anatomy and the underlying movements in each posture. This course is appropriate for students and teachers looking to gain greater clarity. We will spend ample time learning about muscle and bone structure to safely transition in and out of each posture.
Sign up for the entire intensive and save $30!  You may sign up individually for each session as well (see Enrollments/Workshops for details and pricing options)
Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to study intensively with Taylor and enrich your yoga practice on many levels.  
 
Align Your Practice: Alignment Clinic (April 17, 2016)
This course is designed for anyone familiar with the Ashtanga Primary Series that wishes to take their practice to the next level. Participants will learn proper alignment and adjustment techniques to go deeper in the postures with safety and greater awareness. Topics include:
• Maintaining and progressing your personal practice
• Philosophy of Ashtanga and Mysore-style
• Working through and helping to prevent injuries with proper alignment
• Reading bodies and learning safe adjustment techniques
 
Sign up for the entire Mini Mysore Intensive and save $30!  Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to enrich your yoga practice on all levels with Taylor!

Package Price:  $300 (Entire Intensive)

Individual Prices: 

Mysore Morning Sessions (Mysore, Pranayama, Sutra 3.5 hours): $50 Each

Afternoon Workshops (described above, 3 hours each): $60 Each

****Workshop is Non-Refundable without 72 hour MINIMUM written cancellation notice to info@theshalapittsburgh.com.  Workshop is non-transferable.****

 

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Intro to Ashtanga Yoga Workshop Series
Jan
9
to Jan 30

Intro to Ashtanga Yoga Workshop Series

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This workshop series, which will span a 4 week period, is designed for the beginner and the seasoned yogi alike. If you are new to Ashtanga Yoga, you will find this workshop will help you gain a deeper understanding of the Ashtanga practice and will most certainly prepare you to practice the way Ashtanga Yoga was meant to be taught and learned: Mysore Style!

Workshop education will include:

-A comfortable, accepting class environment in which to learn about a method of yoga that may not be so familiar to you!

-One dedicated session a week with 1 hour 15 minutes of workshop instruction, across the span of 4 weeks

-4 weeks of unlimited classes at The Shala during the workshop timeframe (Jan 9 through 31st)

-A review of the history and practice of Ashtanga Yoga

-A discussion on the eight limbs of yoga

-An introduction to the yoga sutras

-A review, break down, and practice (both led and Mysore style!) of the standing sequence and the last few closing sequence postures of the Ashtanga Yoga method

-Hands on assistance with and modifications of the postures of the standing sequence as needed

Investment: $90 (Includes the 4 workshop series classes and unlimited classes at The Shala Jan 9 through 31)

New Students Only.

Class will be limited to 10 students!

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Taylor Hunt Workshop Weekend
Oct
2
to Oct 4

Taylor Hunt Workshop Weekend

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Taylor Hunt is a devoted student of Ashtanga, a system of yoga originally transmitted by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. The method of practice taught in Ashtanga Yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressively challenging series of postures. The combination of breath, asana (posture), and dristhi (gazing point) helps to stretch and strengthen the body, release impurities, and focus and calm the mind. Taylor makes yearly trips to Mysore, India to further his studies at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) under the guidance of his teacher, R. Sharath Jois. In 2013, after several extended trips, Taylor was granted Level 2 Authorization to teach from KPJAYI and had the honor of assisting in the shala for a month. Taylor is dedicated to sharing the transformative and healing practice with others.  He continues to inspire others through his own dedication and accessible approach to the practice.

Join Taylor October 2 - 4, 2015 for a truly education weekend that will deepen your yoga practice.  Choose from 5 workshops listed below, OR, join him for the whole weekend at a discounted rate!

Full Weekend Early Bird Package (by 9/26/2015):  $200

Full Weekend Package (after 9/26/2015):  $225

Dharma Discussion  Friday, October 2, 2015  6pm - 8pm

Join Taylor and get to know him during an evening discussion on the philosophy behind the Ashtanga Yoga method. He will share his story and how the practice helped him find his true path. Learn how this transformational and healing practice can work in your life and how to overcome some of the roadblocks along the way. This is an interactive discussion you will not want to miss!

Investment: $40

Led Primary Series  Saturday, October 3, 2015  9am - 11am

Taylor Hunt has spent extensive time in Mysore, India practicing and is a Level 2 authorized Ashtanga Yoga teacher.  Join him and surrender to the practice, his count and his touch as he leads you through the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga with the traditional count and sanskrit names.  

Investement:  $40

Transitions in Ashtanga Yoga  Saturday, October 3, 2015   1pm - 4pm

In the Ashtanga system, the vinyasa is the thread that links each posture like the beads of a mala. While lifting up, jumping back, and jumping through may seem daunting at first, this course lays the groundwork to begin building the core strength and bandha awareness that allows you to float through the transitions. Learn how to begin moving through these transitions with ease to bring grace and fluidity to your practice. We will also spend time looking at the vinyasa count to further cultivate the meditative aspect of the practice. This is a fun and challenging workshop for all levels of practitioners.

Investment:  $55

Deepen Your Backbends   Sunday, October 4, 2015  9am - 12pm

Backbends are a wonderful way to strengthen the back and balance the body after the many forward bends of the Primary Series. Learn proper alignment and technique to safely approach back bending. We will explore a rich collection of backbends from the Primary and Second series designed to open the front of the body and realign the spine. This is a fun and challenging workshop for all levels of practitioners.

Investment: $55

Adjustment and Alignment Clinic   Sunday, October 4, 2015  1pm - 4pm

This course is designed for anyone familiar with the Ashtanga Primary Series that wishes to take their practice to the next level. Participants will learn proper alignment and adjustment techniques to go deeper in the postures with safety and greater awareness.
Topics include:
• Maintaining and progressing your personal practice
• Philosophy of Ashtanga and Mysore-style
• Working through and helping to prevent injuries with proper alignment
• Reading bodies and learning safe adjustment techniques

Investment:  $55



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Intro to Ashtanga Yoga/Mysore Workshop Series
Sep
21
to Oct 12

Intro to Ashtanga Yoga/Mysore Workshop Series

  • The Shala of Pittsburgh Ashtanga Yoga (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

w/ Laura Gorham-Huon

Join us at The Shala for this informative workshop series on Ashtanga Yoga and the traditional Mysore method of teaching.  Ashtanga Yoga is a complex, challenging, energizing yet meditating form of vinyasa yoga taught by the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.  Pattabhi Jois taught his students individually, providing hands on instruction and assistance as needed, but in a group setting.  

This workshop series, which will span a 4 week period, is designed for the beginner and the seasoned yogi alike. If you are new to Ashtanga Yoga, this workshop will help you gain a deeper understanding of the Ashtanga practice and will most certainly prepare you to practice the way Ashtanga Yoga was meant to be taught and learned:  Mysore Style!  

Workshop education will include:

-A comfortable, accepting class environment in which to learn about a method of yoga that may not be so familiar to you!

-One dedicated night a week with 1 hour 15 minutes of workshop instruction, across the span of 4 weeks

-A 5 class pass to use during the 4 week period to take classes and enhance the knowledge that you are gaining in the workshop setting

-A review of the history and practice of Ashtanga Yoga

-A discussion on the eight limbs of yoga

-An introduction to the yoga sutras

-A review, break down, and practice (both led and Mysore style!) of the standing sequence and the last few closing sequence postures of the Ashtanga Yoga method

-Hands on assistance with and modifications of the postures of the standing sequence as needed

Investment:  $90 (Includes the 4 workshop series classes and 5 regular classes at The Shala)

Class will be limited to 10 students only!

This workshop is already in session.  Stay tuned for the next Intro to Ashtanga Yoga/Mysore Workshop Series in January, 2016!

 

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Ashtanga Yoga Foundations
Aug
2
1:00 PM13:00

Ashtanga Yoga Foundations

  • The Shala of Pittsburgh Ashtanga Yoga (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

w/Lizandra Vidal

This workshop will help you strengthen and deepen your Ashtanga yoga practice. We will learn and apply foundational practice techniques based on the concept of 'tristhana' the 3 places of attention in your practice.   Working with the traditional yogic concepts of Asana, Drishti, Bandha, Pranayama we will translate them into our western concepts of Alignment, Focus, Engagement, Breath to cultivate the foundations of a strong and meaningful practice. All levels are welcome. 

Whether you are a beginner or have been practicing for years, this workshop will help you guide your practice to new places of understanding and experience.

Pre-Register:  $25
Walk-In: $30

 

***Please Note:  Workshops are NOT refundable without a 48 hour cancellation notice****

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Backbending or Front Opening?
Jun
14
1:00 PM13:00

Backbending or Front Opening?

  • The Shala of Pittsburgh Ashtanga Yoga (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

with Laura Gorham-Huon

Why are backbends so challenging? Are you not even close? Are you almost there? What is preventing your backbends from deepening (Fear? Tight shoulders? Tight hip flexors? Low back pain? etc.) What other backbends are there besides "Wheel"? 
 
Backbends awaken and stimulate our nervous system. Come learn about what is truly involved in Backbending, or, rather, Front Opening! Learn how both alone and with friends or partners you can open up into the world of deep backbends, and gain a stronger understanding of the spiritual and mental growth that backbends nourish.
 
We will discuss and explore the many backbends in the yoga practice, then get physical and wake up the front and back of our bodies as we gain insight to our personal strengths and weaknesses (and thus where we need to apply more concentration and work!) in backbends.

Pre-Register:  $30

Walk-In:  $35

Limited to 15 Registrants.

******Workshop is non-refundable without 48 hour prior cancellation notice******
 
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Beginner's Mysore Workshop Series
Jun
10
to Jun 24

Beginner's Mysore Workshop Series

  • The Shala of Pittsburgh Ashtanga Yoga (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

with Laura Gorham-Huon and other fabulous Shala teachers!
 
Curious about Mysore class?  Want to try it but feeling a bit nervous about it?  Don't' know the series?
 
Whether you are completely new to Ashtanga Yoga, or are familiar with the method through led classes, if you are interested in learning more about the Mysore program and taking your yoga practice to the next level, this workshop series will be a great fit for you!
 
Mysore is the traditional style in which Ashtanga Yoga is taught.  Students practice at their own pace in a group setting and the teacher walks around and provides verbal instruction and physical assists where needed.  Mysore teaches you how to develop a personal practice and go deeper than you ever would in a led class.  This workshop series is designed to introduce you to this method of practice.   You do NOT need to know ANY of the sequencing to take this workshop, or to start practicing Mysore style.  That is where we come in to teach you!

This workshop will be 1.5 hours on Wednesday evenings for 3 weeks.  The first evening of this workshop series we will discuss the Mysore method history, origins, practice, and answer any questions you may have.  We will then delve into the Sun Salutations of Ashtanga Yoga, and practice them Mysore style.
 
The second evening, we will break down the standing sequence posture by posture and review the flow of the standing sequence in Ashtanga Yoga.  We will then practice them Mysore style, with cheat sheets in hand!
 
The third evening, hopefully you will have done some studying!  We will review the last 3 closing postures of Ashtanga Yoga, then we will put it all together Mysore style.   This class will be an opportunity for you to apply what you have learned, in a setting with other beginners, so you will feel completely comfortable with the "newness" of not being "led" through a yoga class!  Don't worry, we will still let you use the cheat sheet for this class, but hope that you will be interested enough after the first 2 evenings to study and prepare for the last one.
 
By the time you have completed this workshop series, you will have a strong understanding of the Mysore method, a foundation to build upon, and be ready to move into the regular Mysore program!
 
This workshop is open to any yoga student, new to The Shala or current!
 
Workshop Series Fee:  $40

This workshop series is FULL!  Registration is closed.

Please sign up for our July Beginner's Mysore Workshop Series!
*Students must commit to all 3 sessions.  No discount provided if student cannot make all 3 sessions.  Workshop fees are non-refundable without 48 hour cancellation notice prior to the 1st session*

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Sun Salutations at Open Streets Pittsburgh
May
31
8:30 AM08:30

Sun Salutations at Open Streets Pittsburgh

Photo courtesy of Eva Lin Photography

Join Laura Gorham-Huon as she leads you through a yoga practice devoted to the rising sun at Leslie Park in Lawrenceville.  This special event is part of Open Streets Pittsburgh, and admission is FREE!  Start your day with Sun Salutations, then enjoy the businesses along Butler Street and Penn Ave as you make your way downtown! 

Check out openstreetspittsburgh.com for more information about Pittsburgh's Open Street Event!

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Beginner's Mysore Workshop Series
May
13
to May 27

Beginner's Mysore Workshop Series

  • The Shala of Pittsburgh Ashtanga Yoga (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

with Laura Gorham-Huon and other fabulous Shala teachers!
 
Curious about Mysore class?  Want to try it but feeling a bit nervous about it?  Don't' know the series?
 
Whether you are completely new to Ashtanga Yoga, or are familiar with the method through led classes, if you are interested in learning more about the Mysore program and taking your yoga practice to the next level, this workshop series will be a great fit for you!
 
Mysore is the traditional style in which Ashtanga Yoga is taught.  Students practice at their own pace in a group setting and the teacher walks around and provides verbal instruction and physical assists where needed.  Mysore teaches you how to develop a personal practice and go deeper than you ever would in a led class.  This workshop series is designed to introduce you to this method of practice.   You do NOT need to know ANY of the sequencing to take this workshop, or to start practicing Mysore style.  That is where we come in to teach you!

This workshop will be 1.5 hours on Wednesday evenings for 3 weeks.  The first evening of this workshop series we will discuss the Mysore method history, origins, practice, and answer any questions you may have.  We will then delve into the Sun Salutations of Ashtanga Yoga, and practice them Mysore style.
 
The second evening, we will break down the standing sequence posture by posture and review the flow of the standing sequence in Ashtanga Yoga.  We will then practice them Mysore style, with cheat sheets in hand!
 
The third evening, hopefully you will have done some studying!  We will review the last 3 closing postures of Ashtanga Yoga, then we will put it all together Mysore style.   This class will be an opportunity for you to apply what you have learned, in a setting with other beginners, so you will feel completely comfortable with the "newness" of not being "led" through a yoga class!  Don't worry, we will still let you use the cheat sheet for this class, but hope that you will be interested enough after the first 2 evenings to study and prepare for the last one.
 
By the time you have completed this workshop series, you will have a strong understanding of the Mysore method, a foundation to build upon, and be ready to move into the regular Mysore program!
 
This workshop is open to any yoga student, new to The Shala or current!
 
Workshop Series Fee:  $40
 
*Students must commit to all 3 sessions.  No discount provided if student cannot make all 3 session.  Workshop fees are non-refundable without 48 hour cancellation notice prior to the 1st session*

 

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL.  WORKSHOP HELD AGAIN IN JUNE 2015.

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Intro to Ashtanga Yoga Workshop
Apr
26
1:00 PM13:00

Intro to Ashtanga Yoga Workshop

  • The Shala of PIttsburgh Ashtanga Yoga (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Led by Laura Gorham-Huon, assisted by other fantastic teachers at The Shala!


This workshop is designed for the beginner and the seasoned yogi alike. If you are new to Ashtanga Yoga, you will find this workshop will help you gain a deeper understanding of the Ashtanga practice as you begin to explore classes at The Shala. The workshop will include 3 hours of instruction on April 26, 2015.  New students are welcome to purchase the package, which includes the workshop and unlimited yoga classes at The Shala from April 26, 2015 through May 26, 2015!

Workshop instruction will include the following:

-A comfortable, accepting class environment in which to learn about a method of yoga that may not be so familiar to you!
-A review of the history and practice of Ashtanga Yoga
-The yoga sutras and their integration with the Ashtanga Yoga Method
-A review of the eight limbs of yoga
-An overview and brief break-down of the standing sequence of the Ashtanga Yoga series
-Hands on assistance with and modifications of the postures of the standing sequence as needed

Package price (new students only):  $65         Workshop only (any student): $35

Class will be limited to 20 students.

Workshop fees are non-refundable without 48 hour cancellation notice.

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The Rocket:  In Stages
Apr
4
1:00 PM13:00

The Rocket: In Stages

  • The Shala of Pittsburgh Ashtanga Yoga (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Led by Susie Popovich

Curious about The Rocket? Join us on the launch pad as we use our time in this workshop to prepare you to blast off and get there faster.

A great way for rookie Rocketeers to become comfortable with the series, you will learn the normal flight path and its modifications.  Seasoned Rocketheads will get ideas for new and exciting ways to advance their version of the journey. This will enable you to not only accomplish the work with confidence, but also to have limitless fun doing it.

In the first hour, we'll break down the series, spending extra time on transitions, alignment and the more challenging arm balances that make the Rocket what it is.

Then, with flight prep under our space belts and the countdown complete, we'll move on to rock out the Rocket in a full power lift off of the practice. We'll fly, experiment, and space walk together like never before.

When it's over, we'll splash down and bring you back to Earth with a savasana that will send you back into your life with a smile and ease inspired by having been to the Moon and back. 

Pre-register: $25    Walk-In:  $30

PLEASE NOTE:  Workshop fees will be Non-Refundable if less than 48 hour cancellation notice given.

 


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Inversions
Mar
21
1:00 PM13:00

Inversions

  • The Shala of PIttsburgh Ashtanga Yoga (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

With Hayley Beth Worthman!

Inversions can generate feelings of fear in more ways than one. Whether it's fear surrounding falling or not being strong enough, these emotions are very real. Nonetheless, the benefits of inverted postures are extensive and accessible for everyone with modifications and the correct knowledge. 

In this interactive workshop we will discuss the relationship between fear and being upside and then break down the proper alignment and techniques to set up safely for headstand, forearm stand, handstand and shoulder stand.  Practitioners should be able to hold plank and downward facing dog for several minutes without any pain.

Bring your questions along to this interactive workshop!

Pre-register online:  $25     

Walk-in: $30

Please note that workshop fees are non-refundable without 48 hours advance cancellation notice.

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The Floating Transitions of Ashtanga Yoga
Mar
8
1:00 PM13:00

The Floating Transitions of Ashtanga Yoga

  • The Shala of Pittsburgh Ashtanga Yoga (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

led by Laura Gorham-Huon

Jump forward from down dog, jump back to Chaturanga from standing, jump through to seated, jump back to Chaturanga from seated, jump into Bakasana (crow pose)........say what?!?!?!  Exactly what is all this jump through, jump back business in Ashtanga Yoga all about anyway?

This workshop is geared toward helping you understand the importance of transitions in the Ashtanga method, and learn to establish techniques and methods necessary to eventually master these floating transitions.  We will review and practice how to approach jumping forward from down dog and jumping back from standing, jumping through to seated and back from seated, and much more!  You will come away from this workshop with the tools necessary to continue to build strength and lightness in your transitions, and in your entire practice!

It's time to FLOAT yogis!

$30 pre-registration, $35 walk-in

 PLEASE NOTE:  Workshop fees will be NON-REFUNDABLE if less than 48 hour cancellation notice given.

 

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL!  Online registration is no longer available.

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Ray of Light:  Sun Salutation Workshop
Feb
15
1:00 PM13:00

Ray of Light: Sun Salutation Workshop

  • The Shala of Pittsburgh Ashtanga Yoga (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn to Rock your Surya Namaskar!
Ashtanga and Vinyasa are two dynamic and cardiovascular styles of asana practice built around the Surya Namasakaras (Sun Salutations). The poses that create these salutes can begin to wreak havoc on the body if done incorrectly and can lead to rotator cuff, lower back and wrists issues. 

In this two hour workshop, circling around Surya Namaskara A and B, we'll explore each pose individually in detail, put subsets of the poses together by linking our movements to our breath, explore how these postures relate to one another and finally put each sequence together from start to finish. 

This workshop is appropriate for all levels. Bring your questions along to this interactive workshop!

Please note that workshop fees are non-refundable without 48 hours advance cancellation notice.

$25 for Advance Registration

$30 Walk-In Registration

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Intro to Ashtanga Yoga Workshop
Feb
1
1:00 PM13:00

Intro to Ashtanga Yoga Workshop

  • The Shala of Pittsburgh Ashtanga Yoga (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Led by Laura Gorham-Huon, assisted by other fantastic teachers at The Shala!

This workshop is designed for the beginner and the seasoned yogi alike.  If you are new to Ashtanga Yoga, you will find this workshop will help you gain a deeper understanding of the Ashtanga practice as you begin to explore classes at The Shala.  The workshop will include 3 hours of workshop instruction on February 1, 2015, as well as unlimited yoga classes at The Shala from February 1, 2105 through February 21, 2015!  Workshop instruction will include the following:

  • A comfortable, accepting class environment in which to learn about a method of yoga that may not be so familiar to you!

  • A review of the history and practice of Ashtanga Yoga

  • The yoga sutras and their integration with the Ashtanga Yoga Method

  • The eight limbs of yoga

  • An overview and brief break-down of the standing and closing sequences of the Ashtanga Yoga series

  • Hands on assistance with and modifications of the postures of the standing and closing sequences as needed

This is the last month that the Intro to Ashtanga Yoga Workshop will be offered for the low price of $55!  This includes unlimited classes at The Shala from February 1, 2015 through February 21, 2015.  Purchase online now! Class will be limited to 25 students.

Please note that workshop fees are non-refundable without 48 hours advance cancellation notice.

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Intro to Ashtanga Yoga Workshop
Jan
10
1:00 PM13:00

Intro to Ashtanga Yoga Workshop

  • The Shala of PIttsburgh Ashtanga Yoga (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Led by Laura Gorham-Huon, assisted by other fantastic teachers at The Shala!

This workshop is designed for the beginner and the seasoned yogi alike.  If you are new to Ashtanga Yoga, you will find this workshop will help you gain a deeper understanding of the Ashtanga practice as you begin to explore classes at The Shala.  The workshop will include 3 hours of workshop instruction on January 10, 2015, as well as unlimited yoga classes at The Shala from January 10, 2105 through January 31, 2015!  Workshop instruction will include the following:

  • A comfortable, accepting class environment in which to learn about a method of yoga that may not be so familiar to you!
  • A review of the history and practice of Ashtanga Yoga
  • The yoga sutras and their integration with the Ashtanga Yoga Method
  • The eight limbs of yoga
  • An overview and brief break-down of the standing and closing sequences of the Ashtanga Yoga series
  • Hands on assistance with and modifications of the postures of the standing and closing sequences as needed

This is the last months that the Intro to Ashtanga Yoga Workshop will be offered for the low price of $55!  This includes unlimited classes at The Shala from January 10, 2015 through Janurary 31, 2015.  Purchase online now! Class will be limited to 25 students.

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Intro To Ashtanga Yoga Workshop
Dec
13
1:00 PM13:00

Intro To Ashtanga Yoga Workshop

Intro to Ashtanga Yoga Workshop

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL and NO LONGER OPEN FOR REGISTRATION.  STAY TUNED FOR A REPEAT ON JANUARY 10, 2015!  REGISTRATION FOR THE JANUARY WORKSHOP WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLINE SOON!

Led by Laura Gorham-Huon, assisted by other fantastic teachers at The Shala!

This workshop is designed for the beginner and the seasoned yogi alike.  If you are new to Ashtanga Yoga, you will find this workshop will help you gain a deeper understanding of the Ashtanga practice as you begin to explore classes at The Shala.  The workshop will include 3 hours of workshop instruction on December 13, as well as unlimited yoga classes at The Shala from December 8, 2014 through December 31, 2014!  Workshop instruction will include the following:

  • A comfortable, accepting class environment in which to learn about a method of yoga that may not be so familiar to you!
  • A review of the history and practice of Ashtanga Yoga
  • The yoga sutras and their integration with the Ashtanga Yoga Method
  • The eight limbs of yoga
  • An overview and brief break-down of the standing and closing sequences of the Ashtanga Yoga series
  • Hands on assistance with and modifications of the postures of the standing and closing sequences as needed

This month only, the Intro to Ashtanga Yoga Workshop will be offered for the low price of $55!  This includes unlimited classes at The Shala from December 8, 2014 through December 31, 2014.  Purchase online now! Class will be limited to 25 students.

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