Class Type

Ashtanga Inspired

Manasa ashtanga inspired classes are challenging breath synchronized movement classes where the asana sequences may or may not follow the traditional sequence. However, you will still be led towards a practice based on the principles of the ashtanga system where you will be flowing with your breath to specific counts, engaging your Banda (internal holds) and holding your Drshri. Be prepared to be led into the first three series of the traditional system, or into a permutated combination of the different series.

Flexibility

Come ready for some lengthening and opening experiences. These classes will focus on deep, timed holds of positions which will lengthen your muscles and calm your nervous system. Inspired by the teachings of Ramayana and Hanuman, the postures will focus particularly on lengthening your hip flexors and hamstrings, and in general will work on the hips and ribs as well. Expect forward bends, backbends, twists with props. Pranayama work will be along single and alternate nostril breathing along with subtle energy channel considerations.

Pulsations

Be prepared to sweat in Manasa Pulsations classes. Inspired by the teachings of Spanda and other Tantric texts, the highly intense vinyasas (special sequences) in these classes will lead you towards calorie burn, stamina improvement, enhanced coordination between body, breath and mind, as well as progress towards advanced yoga asana positions and transitions; all while deeply connecting to the essence of what you are- Movement. Pranayama work will be along kapalabhathi (skull illuminating breaths), agnisara (fire essence), kriya etc.

Strength & Stability – towards The Handstand

These will be high intensity classes focusing on kramas (drill sequences) that will help build handstand holding strength, kick up strength, variations in handstand etc. You can expect high volume conditioning work on the core, shoulders, legs and wrists. Your shoulders, arms, wrists and core will have no choice but to get stronger and more limber and the evasive free standing handstand may soon be within grasp. Sutra philosophy will be laid as the context, and viloma pranayama with internal retention will be worked

Teacher's Choice

Teacher’s choice classes could be any of the above or an integrated mix of the above mentioned Manasa specific styles. Come with an open mind and be ready for just about anything. Do note that the 2 hour Advanced Classes on Saturdays will feature an intense blend of Pulses, Flexes, Strength & Stability building work plus advanced variations.

 

Basic Level Classes: Recommended for those who are new to Manasa Yoga, or to yoga, or even for those who are returning to yoga after a hiatus

Intermediate Level Classes: Recommended for regular practitioners who are familiar with following instructions and are ready to take their practice to a ‘deeper’ physical as well as psychological level.

Advance Level Classes: Recommended for those whose yoga practice no longer revolves around the ‘doing’ and ‘getting it’ aspect of yoga, but instead, around the receiving of the asanas as states. At Manasa Yoga, our emphasis on asana practice is based on the idea that yoga is not something which can be done, or gotten for yoga is a state we can merely work towards.