Ashtanga Yoga: Fundamental Asanas

Ashtanga Yoga: Fundamental Asanas

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Instructor Jeff Lichty
Average: 4.7 (64 votes)
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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.

Equipment: None
Style: Ashtanga Yoga


Really brilliant
wayfarer 1 month ago

I really love how authentic and educational this three part series has been, I enjoyed doing them all, repeatedly, they build very nicely on one another. I really like Jeff's general vibe and how informative he is. I feel like a lot of yoga is diluted by western practices and these 3 classes feel very traditional and grounding. I hope that there will be more intermediate Ashtanga classes soon, just to add a bit of variety, because I'm definitely wearing this video out, by doing it over and over again. Alternatively can anyone advise me about when it is safe to try the advanced classes? How many times a day for how long should I practice the basic asanas taught in this series before moving on?

Re: Really brilliant
David Procyshyn 1 month ago

Hi there. Thanks for the great feedback. We are currently looking to create videos that bridge the gap between the beginner ashtanga classes and the half and full primary series. Hoping to take it on in the new year (2019). The primary series is much more challenging than these beginner series so you would need to take classes at a studio before attempting them.

This is the practice that I have been looking for!
khuyentran1401 4 months ago

This practice is so awesome. Find many videos not challenging enough for me but this class is just enough. Love the flow. Hope to see more video from you soon.

Will there be more?
Irishlove 7 months ago

Hello from Ireland, I was wondering if there will be any further Ashtanga practices on DYWM? Thank you very much for your time and this site in advance. (I am a subscriber by the way, I wouldn't be without it!) Namaste. ॐ

Re: Will there be more?
David Procyshyn 7 months ago

Hi there. Glad you're enjoying Jeff's ashtanga classes. Yes, we do plan to film with him more but nothing has been scheduled yet.

Standing Ashtanga
Irishlove 8 months ago

Thank you very much for this partial Ashtanga practice. It's challenging enough for the transition between advanced beginner to intermediate, working the core through the legs. I will definitely incorporate this into my daily practices. Namaste from Ireland.

This is a great quick workout
jfrayfray 9 months ago

This is a great quick workout! The pacing is wonderful and what a good teacher. A good solid intermediate class!

A nice change of pace
Marina S 9 months ago

This is the first class I've tried with Jeff -- I have some familiarity with Ashtanga, and having done a lot of other power/vinyasa classes on DYWM, it wasn't a stretch to do this one straight away. Great pace. Jeff does the full variation of some poses, but I didn't feel the pressure to get there (full lotus, "levitate" for 10 breaths, then jump back to plank -- absolutely not there yet!) It was nice to see how far one can go, though ; I feel it helps me set goals and to try my best to attain them with practice. I also very much appreciated Jeff's gentle, calm coaching voice, and the counting was such a great reminder to keep my breath steady. I will keep this class in my regular rotation for sure! Thank you so much Jeff.

So greatful for this teacher; Mahalo e ke Kumu!
tiffany healy 11 months 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 12 months 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!