Ashtanga Yoga: Fundamental Asanas

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Jeff Lichty
Ashtanga Yoga
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This is the 3rd in Jeff's 3-part series on ashtanga yoga for beginners. In this class, he takes you through a quicker version of surya namaskar a and b (sun salutations a and b), then through a sequence that teaches you the fundamental asanas (poses) in ashtanga yoga. Jeff's pacing and clear instruction allows this class to be accessible to anyone, regardless of your experience or level of practice.


So greatful for this teacher; Mahalo e ke Kumu!
tiffany healy 5 days ago

Great, authentic style. Love the classes taught by this teacher. Mahalo nui loa for keeping the practice real!

To the rest of the folks who find this class or style challenging, the instructor does clearly state to pause the video and/or to go back to earlier sessions, rather than to become overwhelmed. Like allgood things, Ashtanga yoga takes time, patience with self and a warm space is always nice, even for those of us from Hawai'i.

Great intro to Ashtanga!
HeatherSue 3 weeks ago

I'm fairly new to ashtanga yoga and this was the perfect intro class to get familiar with the more common poses. I'm looking forward to trying the more advanced classes in this series!

More please! (Jeff and ashtanga)
VandakyaKottayam 4 weeks ago

I appreciate how clear and systematic this series has been. The emphasis on breath, reinforcement of fundamentals, and the delineating how one advances through the asanas are all compelling. Jeff is an excellent instructor. I could imagine an N-part series along the same lines. I'm willing to bet a lot of time-strapped folks including myself would gravitate toward such a thing ;)

DYWM is doing an amazing service. Many thanks.

Good 'classic' alternative - yet intermediate
Melanie Lichtinger 1 month ago

Good to see - and do - an alternative in the classic Ashtanga style here at DYWM with Jeff.
Great teacher and very clear, yet this one was definitely an Intermediate (and even as such would be good to have an alert to do the building up classes first for alternative poses).
So yes, I vote also for re-classifying it (was it added under Mercury retro (Dec 2 - 22)? Ha-ha...
Thanks for bringing Jeff on board, DYWM team, looking forward to more classes with him.

Difficulty level changed to intermediate
David Procyshyn 1 month ago

Thanks, Melanie. Yes, Jeff is a very good instructor! And I think you may be right - I have changed the difficulty level to intermediate.

You might want to change the
Melanie Lichtinger 1 month ago

You might want to change the title then too, otherwise it's confusing when it comes up in search mode :-) Merci!

Excited about Ashtanga
Mercclem 1 month ago

Yea! I'm excited to see Ashtanga instruction here. I tried some prep classes several years ago, and I love it, but it's hard to maintain the discipline and learn all the poses when you can't attend every day.

Because it's about the flow, I love that the instruction has been separated from the practice class. This class will be a regular go to in the future, and I'm glad I won't be frustrated by the flow getting interrupted with instructions.

I regularly do 30-minute intermediate classes from Fiji and Tracey, and this class is more like an intermediate because the pace is challenging. That pace is why I'll love the class for a while, but it is faster than other beginner flow classes on DYWM.

If you are starting here, definitely do Jeff Lichty's into classes a couple of times first so you can understand the poses and the modifications. Then watch this all the way through at least once. You need to have your modifications in mind and blocks in place before you start this class.

Overall, very excited to have this resource!

Calm and connected to breath
Molly Anand 1 month ago

Thanks Jeff for this lovely class. I've done it 5 or 6 times now as it helps me to connect to my breath and leaves me with a deep sense of calmness. I find your teaching style humble and encouraging. Thanks agin.