This ancient and healing system was established by Sri. T Krishnamacharya and his disciple Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India in the 1930s. The practice aligns dynamic movement with breath, creating a flow from one asana (posture) to another, and focuses on the journey between the postures rather than achieving perfect body alignment. Whilst challenging and dynamic, regular practice of Astanga yoga can offer many benefits including increased flexibility, greater strength, a calmer mind, relief from pain and full body detoxification.
Is it for me?
Astanga yoga is for anyone and is practised equally by men and women. Maintained correctly, it can be a truly healing experience.
Here at BNHC you can choose from beginner courses, introduction to self-practice courses, led drop-in classes or Mysore style self-practice classes.
New! Tuesdays 8-9.15pm All-levels half-led primary with Anna Jones - suitable for those new to astanga yoga.
Click on the course types below to see more information about our beginner courses and intro to self practice courses.
Find out times and reserve your place using our online timetable!
Counted led classes (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday evenings) allow students to develop the pace and stamina needed to keep up with the meditative rhythm dictated by the (counted) breath of the Astanga practice.
Mysore style self-practice classes (Monday to Saturday mornings) give students the opportunity to maintain a practice at their own level and with their own breath. The teacher assists each student individually, giving physical adjustments and verbal instructions as they move through the fixed sequence of postures at their own pace. This style of practice encourages an inward focus and creates the sense of a ‘moving meditation’. On Fridays the 6:30am class will be a Sanskrit counted full led primary in keeping with the traditional Mysore way. There will be 10 minutes of chanting at the start of the Saturday 8:00am class. Please contact us on 01273 600010 before attending your first early morning Mysore style class.
Monthly Mysore pass, £104 per month for unlimited Mysore self-practice classes. Choose from six classes a week - see terms & conditions below.
Beginners are welcome to attend Mysore self-practice classes but are asked to commit to a daily practice for one month. NEW STARTER OFFER - pay just £55 for your first Mysore pass! (not available online).
Terms and conditions apply:
1. Passes cannot be transferred, extended or refunded in whole or part.
2. Passes are valid for Mon-Fri 6.30am classes + Sat 8am class.
3. Friday 6.30am class is a full counted led primary. Entry closes at 6.30am
4. Entrance to Sat 8am class is not guaranteed.
5. Places in all classes are available on a ﬁrst come, ﬁrst served basis.
6. 10 and 20 class cards can be used for all classes.
7. Passes are NOT valid for Mon, Tue, Wed 9am classes or Mon, Thu, Fri evening classes.
bank holidays & moon days 2016-17
There will be no early morning Self Practice classes on moon days. However, all other Astanga classes will still run on these days. We're closed on Bank Holidays - no classes.
bank holidays: Mon 2 Jan, Fri 14 Apr, Mon 17 Apr, Mon 1 May, Mon 29 May, Mon 28 Aug.
moon days: Sat 11 Feb, Tue 28 Mar, Tue 11 Apr, Weds 26 Apr.
Image courtesy of Tom Lane.