212 E. Clay Street
Richmond, VA 23219
2017 Class Schedule
Monday - Friday 6:00 - 8:00 Mysore*
Mon - Sat 9:30 -11:00 Mysore
Sunday 9:30 - 10:45 Led "Half-Primary" Series **
Mon/Tue/Wed 5:30 - 8:00 Mysore
Thursday 6:00 - 7:30 Led Full Primary Series***
Sunday 4:30-6:00 Mysore
Brad Ellsworth teaches the Sunday afternoon and Tuesday night Mysore classes.
Robbie Norris teaches all other classes.
*Mysore classes: This class is ideal for beginners. No preparation or registration needed. Walk-ins are always welcome!
You may arrive, practice, and depart whenever you wish during Mysore class -- according to your own schedule, energy, and extent of learning -- while receiving individual attention and instruction. Mysore classes are the traditional and gradual way to learn the practice -- and perfect for both new and seasoned practitioners. They're like getting semi-private lessons tailored to your unique situation, while other students around you are practicing at their own (and different) paces and rhythms in accordance with their unique abilities and levels of learning.
**Sunday morning Led "Half-Primary Series" class: a 75-minute led class that is an abridged, slower-paced, lighter version of the Full Primary Series -- suitable for new students familiar with "vinyasa" classes, and ideal for students who are already practicing in the Mysore classes but for whom the Full Led Primary would entail a counterproductive effort.
***Led Full Primary Series class: taught "in unison" -- for students familiar with Ashtanga Yoga, or fit and flexible with a passion for challenge -- and practiced in sync together as a group. This is a fast-paced and vigorous class with scant detailed instruction, and most people unfamiliar with Ashtanga Yoga would find it excessively challenging. This class is meant to complement the meditative experience of Mysore practice by reminding students of the precise vinyasa counts (breath-synchronized movements) of the Full Primary Series. New students unfamiliar with Ashtanga Yoga should contact Robbie (804-928-6677) to discuss the suitability of this class.
The Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga is a specific therapeutic yoga practice, and a gold standard of holistic healing. Because it is infinitely modifiable, the practice can be learned by anyone -- regardless of age, level of physical fitness, destructive habits or station in life. This yoga practice encourages self awareness and self reliance, and it stimulates the body's incredible healing processes.
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by Robbie Norris
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