Level 0: Gentle Beginners Ashtanga
Freedom to Move. Freedom to Breathe. Freedom to Be.
Come experience a gentle, bio-mechanically sound yoga practice in the Ashtanga tradition. This class is for everyone-beginners to advanced practitioners. If you have postural concerns, injuries, chronic pain, or special considerations (senior, arthritis, lack of flexibility or strength, pregnancy, etc.) this class is for you!
Mondays: 10:30 am – 11:30 am – taught by Gwen Hull
Level 0: Ashtanga Basics
This class is perfect for the student new to yoga and Maya Yoga. We cover the fundamentals of Ashtanga, including breath, movement, and postural form. The pace of this class is slower than our Intro to Ashtanga class. Precise and methodical instruction is given to allow for a deeper understanding of alignment and breath. Sun salutations, standing poses, seated poses and beginning backbends are introduced.
This class requires a reservation.
Mondays: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – taught by Lainie Pasquini
Level 1: Intro to Ashtanga
We carefully design these classes to introduce students to this classical form of Ashtanga Yoga in a safe, supportive way. We begin with the classical breathing techniques and movements which are the core of this approach to yoga. The original sequence of Primary Series is broken down in a way that is approachable for many fitness levels, as well as providing modifications or challenges appropriate for each individual.
The Primary Series is a set sequence of postures designed to bring strength, flexibility, and endurance to the body. It is designed to purify the body through the breath and the movement to invoke a stillness of the mind.
These classes are for anyone who has the desire to learn yoga. The Ashtanga sequences make it easy for students to develop a personal practice and give a fundamental understanding that can be applied to all yoga. These classes are taught in a noncompetitive environment to students of all ages and body types.
Tuesday: 6:00am – 7:00am – taught by Shaun Lindsey
Tuesday: 6:00pm – 7:30pm – taught by Tung Bui
Thursday: 6:00am – 7:00am – taught by Shaun Lindsey
Thursday: 6:00pm – 7:30pm – taught by Samantha Collinson
Saturday: 8:30am – 9:30am – taught by Karen Lisondra ($7.00 Class)
Sunday: 10:00am – 11:00am – taught by Emily Cox ($7.00 Class)
Level 1: Intro to Vinyasa
This fun, engaging class teaches the fundamentals of Vinyasa Yoga including sun salutations, standing poses, balancing postures, seated and reclining poses, backbends, and core isolation.
Special emphasis is placed on moving in and out of postures safely. We learn the correct alignment for integral poses and how to connect these poses to the breath.
This class is a great preparation for the regular Vinyasa and Ashtanga classes. Come along and discover just how good yoga can make you feel!
This class requires a reservation.
Wednesday: 6:00pm – 7:30pm – taught by Jessica Molina
Level 2: Led Primary Series
This is the classical Primary Series taught in the tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. Also known as Yoga Chikitsa (Yoga Therapy). It follows the the full primary series of the Ashtanga Vinyasa system.
Here we begin to breath with great precision and learn to practice without missing a single breath. Primary Series is the “original recipe” that has directly influenced many other forms of yoga. When a student becomes fluent in these postures, there is a strong foundation and the student is assured of having enough knowledge to practice on their own. Knowing this sequence also enables students to participate harmoniously in other Ashtanga classes all over the world. Each class ends with savasana and five minutes of meditation as well as a dharma talk led by the teacher.
Previous yoga experience is recommended for this class. This class is not for beginners; our Intro to Ashtanga class is recommended before taking this class.
Wednesday: 6:00pm – 7:30pm – taught by John Moran
Saturday: 10:00am – 11:45am – taught by Lainie Pasquini
Level 3: Led Intermediate Series
This class is an introduction to the Ashtanga Intermediate series. It is meant to provide a safe and supportive environment for students to explore the fun, but also challenging, intermediate series postures. Variations will be given for the more difficult poses.
Students are asked to contact the instructor before attending the class. The intermediate postures often help students to progress in the areas they find most difficult in the Primary Series. Hence, Maya’s teachers look for students who are physically and mentally ready to practice this series OR students whose primary series practice would benefit by practicing the intermediate series.
Thursday: 7:00am – 9:00am – taught by Gwen Hull
All Levels: Mysore-style
Mysore-style is a traditional teaching format where students practice at their own pace. The teacher will analyze your practice individually and offer specific instructions to help you overcome your challenges and realign your body. In addition, the instructor will provide the student “hands on adjustments” and verbal cues as needed.
The name Mysore refers to a town in South India where Ashtanga Yoga was first taught to Westerners. This approach teaches students to memorize the sequences very quickly and diagrams are available in our practice room for those who need them.
There is no need to try to keep up with the class. It may sound a little daunting to beginners, but this is actually a very comfortable way to learn. For those who already know the sequences these classes offer a great freedom to move at your own pace while still practicing with others.
For those with injury’s or medical issues, this class is a great way to cultivate a customized practice, designed to facilitate your recuperation. All levels of students are welcome in these classes!
We teach the first, second, and third series in our Mysore-style class.
Monday: 5:30am – 9:00am – taught by Kim Johnson & Karen Lisondra
Tuesday: 7:00am – 9:00am – taught by Kim Johnson
Wednesday: 7:00am – 9:00am – taught by Karen Lisondra
Thursday: 7:00am – 9:00am- taught by Gwen Hull
Friday: 5:30am – 9:00am – taught by Kim Johnson and Karen Lisondra
Sunday: 12:00pm – 1:45pm – taught by John Moran
All Levels: Intro to Intermediate Series
This is an introduction to the first section of the Ashtanga Intermediate Series. Postures from the Intermediate Series will be presented with key points for safe alignment explained, as well as techniques to make the postures more accessible.
The primary and intermediate series work together to form a balanced practice. It’s important for physical and mental health to practice both, because if you wait too long in primary while you ‘perfect’ various asanas, you could get injured by the constant repetition of forward bends. The intermediate series will help students open their shoulders and hips, which will improve their expression of the primary series postures.
The class is suitable for all levels, except complete beginners, and instruction is tailored to the group of students attending on any given day.
This class requires a reservation.
Tuesday: 6:00pm – 7:30pm – taught by Kim Johnson
All Levels: Vinyasa
Our vinyasa classes use the linking together of movement and breath to create a ‘vinyasa flow.’
Maya Yoga Vinyasa classes utilize poses from the Ashtanga Yoga Primary, Intermediate, and Advanced Series. Every class will be different, because the postures can be put in any order.
This is different from the Ashtanga Primary Series. Vinyasa classes cultivate balance, flexibility, strength, and endurance. These classes are strong and fun!
This is a mixed level class for anyone practicing in either Levels 1 or 2. The class sequences will offer modifications or challenges to suit each student.
Our Intro to Vinyasa class is suggested before taking these classes.
Monday 6:00pm – 7:30pm – taught by Melissa Robbins
Tuesday: 12:00pm – 1:00pm – taught by Emily Cox
Thursday: 12:00pm – 1:00pm – taught by Melissa Robbins
All Levels: Ashtanga “Power Hour”
Ashtanga “Power Hour” is our ‘lunch hour’ version of the Ashtanga Primary Series.
This is a moderate to fast-paced class focusing on ujjayi breath and vinyasa movement. Students complete Sun Salutations with traditional Sanskrit counting, the entirety of the Standing Sequence, and a sampling of the seated sequence.
All of this is completed in 50 minutes to ensure a lovely savasana and short seated meditation. This class is energizing and re-focusing. Often, the teacher plays music to accompany the class. Everyone is welcome– just know that it moves quickly!
Monday: 12:00pm – 1:00pm – taught by Gwen Hull
Wednesday: 12:00pm – 1:00pm – taught by Kim Johnson
Friday: 12:00pm – 1:00pm – taught by Kim Johnson
Meditation is an integral piece of the yoga philosophy. This class will introduce you to many different types of meditation.Every month, we learn and practice a new technique that will bring you deeper into a meditative state of calm and ease.
Each class begins with four minutes of sitting to quiet the mind. Then Lisa guides the group through a Meditation technique or Centering exercise. After a reading or dharma talk, students sit for 15 minutes in seated meditation together, practicing the new technique learned that day.
We end by dedicating the fruits of our practice to the liberation of all sentient beings everywhere and three inhales together as a community.
For more information, read Lisa’s article: “Learn to Meditate, Your Way.”