Ashtanga yoga is quickly gaining popularity in fitness circles all over New York City. Like other yoga methods, it involves a progressive series of poses coupled with synchronized breathing. This produces an internal heat and detoxifying sweat. Unlike other types yoga classes, however, you practice the same mantras and postures each time.
- Sun Salutation A & B
- Fundamental Positions
- Finishing Sequence
The pace is fast and each position is only held for five breaths. You can expect to do about 70 poses in a 90-minute class.
Even though it’s easy to memorize the moves and practice independently, practicing Ashtanga in a studio setting enables you to delve deeper into techniques and push yourself. As you gain more flexibility and endurance, you can add other sequences to your practice.
- Primary Series
- Intermediate Series
- Advances Sequence
The best way to learn Ashtanga is to enroll in a class. There are studios all over New York City, many of which are within walking distance of UDR’s NYC apartment communities. Here are a few of our faves.
Jivamukti Yoga NYC | 841 Broadway, 2nd Floor
In addition to state-of-the-art yoga studios, this 12,000-square foot fitness facility in downtown Manhattan also boasts a massage and wellness room, and a 60-seat café.
Ashtanga Yoga Upper West Side | 239 West 72nd Street #4, 2nd Floor
Students here are individually taught the Ashtanga method in a group setting. The studio owner has traveled to Mysore yearly since 2000 to study the practice.
Kula Yoga Project | 85 N 3rd Street or 481 Broadway
Learn the basics in a beginner class or train to be a teacher at Kula. They offer a wide variety of classes at each of their New York City locations, and also host off-site retreats throughout the year.