Halifax Ashtanga Yoga Shala


Intro to Ashtanga
The fundamentals of Ashtanga yoga are introduced and practiced. Breath awareness and alignment are emphasized while learning sun salutations, the standing poses of Primary Series, and the final three poses of the finishing sequence. Suitable for those new to Ashtanga, but even experienced practitioners can benefit. 

Ashtanga I:
An introduction to the primary, or 1st, series of Ashtanga Yoga. Coordination of breath and movement is emphasized, as well as the specific sequences of movements used to enter and exit each pose (vinyasa). Students learn how to safely progress through the forward bends of primary series, and the fundamentals of backbending and inversions are introduced. While prior yoga experience is helpful, this class is open to anyone.

Ashtanga II:
This class will flow much further through the primary series postures in Ashtanga yoga. Similar to Ashtanga I, the focus is on the flowing nature of the practice, but as the class moves into more challenging poses from the primary series, more detailed instruction and modifications may be offered. Building on the backbends and inversions taught in Ashtanga I, more in-depth exploration will be emphasized.

Ashtanga I/II:
A well-paced, flowing class to bridge the gap between the Ashtanga I and Ashtanga II classes.

Full Primary Series:
This flowing class moves students though the entirety of the first series of Ashtanga yoga. Taught with minimal instruction, the focus is on the meditative quality of the practice, which is possible when attention is directed to the synchronization of breath and movement. While prior experience in the Ashtanga system is recommended, students of all levels can attend, modifying the practice to suit their own ability.

Ashtanga IV:
An introduction to the fundamentals of the second series of Ashtanga yoga. As the poses in this series can be challenging, a deeper level of alignment is taught to ensure safety and effectiveness in the practice. Students should check with the teacher before attending this class, as a solid understanding of the primary series backbends and headstand are pre-requisites. 

Mysore Classes:
An opportunity to work one-on-one with our qualified teachers in the traditional method of instructing yoga. No previous yoga experience is required. If you are new to Ashtanga, or to yoga, the teacher works with you to develop a practice. Once your practice is established, the teacher then helps guide you towards goals and objectives that are determined together. More advanced students are given assistance to progress beyond what typically can be taught in group classes. The length of practice for a new student is approximately 45-60 minutes. As endurance improves, the length of practice increases. This way students are always challenged, without being overwhelmed by the class. Mysore is ideal for all students, including yoga teachers interested in learning advanced poses.

Dig Deep:
An intermediate-level practice designed to move deeply into specific areas of the body. Long holds and detailed instruction are used in this challenging, and body-opening class. Each class will focus on a specific body area; for example, hamstrings, hips, shoulders, S/I joints, ETC.

Core Strength Yoga:
An all levels class designed to build strength in the core of your body (primarily abdominals, lower back, and pelvis). Postures will focus on building strength and endurance, resulting in increased stability.

Hot Flow:
A class designed for optimal therapeutic benefits, as the gently heated room helps revitalize cells and tissues by increasing blood circulation. By incorporating a set sequence of postures with specific alignment and timing the benefits of practicing in a heated environment will be maximized. Students of all levels of experience are welcome.

Power Flow:
An energizing class focusing on core strength, balance and flow. There is a strong emphasis on breath and the variety of postures (and their modifications) allows beginners, intermediate, and advanced students all to be challenged in the same class.

Iyengar Inspired:
Emphasis is given to alignment and precision in yoga postures in order to avoid (and heal) injuries as well as to increase body awareness. Various yoga props are used for added alignment and therapeutic benefit. This class is ideal for students of all levels.

A calming and gentle class practiced with props to provide a supportive environment for total relaxation. The postures included are designed to create specific physiological responses beneficial to health, especially those associated with reducing the effects of stress and stress-related illness. Suitable for all ages and abilities.

Karma Class:

A Vinyasa-Flow class based on the principles of Ashtanga Yoga. Suitable for all levels. By charitable donation ($5 suggested, cash only).

Yoga for Runners:
Running puts many demands on the body. A targeted yoga practice of strength building and stretching is an ideal complement to running training. Seth Daley has been teaching his popular Yoga for Runners class for more then 6 years in Halifax. As a former RMT specializing in running related injuries, he is uniquely qualified to structure a class that will both challenge, and help runners improve their running time, endurance, and heal from injury. Open to students of all levels of experience.

Guided Meditation:
An introduction to the basics of meditation. Students are guided through a practice by the instructor. Suitable for all levels. *Free Class*


What is Primary Series?
Primary, or 1st series is the first of 6 sequences of poses in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. 'Primary' here in no way means easy. In fact for some it may take upwards of 10 years to achieve a level of proficiency in Primary series to move on and begin work on the next sequence. Primary series is comprised of ~70 poses, put together in a sequence that will heal and strengthen the body, removing toxins, and preparing the body for more advanced poses.

Second, or Intermediate Series is called Nadi Shodana, meaning nervous system purification. It cleanses and strengthens the nervous system and the subtle energy channels throughout the body. This series is only introduced when the primary series is strong. It follows the same progression (sun salutations, standing, sitting etc.) as the primary series, but introduces new poses and variations.