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.
Please note change to Thurs evenings and new Tues evening drop-in as of Jan 2017!
Tuesdays 8-9.15pm All-levels half-led primary with Anna Jones
Thursdays 7.30-9pm Continuers counted full-led primary with Kathryn Broadribb
Thursday's 6.45pm half-led primary moves to Tuesday evenings with Anna who returns to BNHC after maternity leave.
Our beginner courses break down the postures in detail and offer students an understanding in the foundations of the practice.
Our intro to self-practice courses give students the chance to develop a self-practice within the traditional Mysore style. The teacher guides and supports on a one-to-one basis within the group setting, giving students the confidence and knowledge to attend any Mysore style or led Astanga class.
Counted led classes (Monday, Thursday and 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.
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: Wed 14 Dec, Thur 12 Jan, Sat 28 Jan, Sat 11 Feb, Tue 28 Mar, Tue 11 Apr, Weds 26 Apr.
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).
*Please note there are no Mysore classes Dec 22 - Jan 2 2017
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.
Image courtesy of Tom Lane.