Ashtanga yoga was introduced to the western world over 40 years ago by master teacher K. Pattabhi Jois. It is composed of a set-sequence of poses, and it is designed to purify the body through physical poses (asana), the nerves through breath, and the mind through Drishti (visual point of focus). Kate O’Donnell directs the Ashtanga School at Down Under School of Yoga. Authorized as a Level 2 Ashtanga Teacher by the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) in Mysore India, Kate continues her devoted study of the Ashtanga method with annual extended trips to Mysore. Down Under offers Ashtanga classes for all levels within drop-in classes and the traditional Mysore practice.
A vigorous traditional sequence of poses performed with powerful breathing and a point of focused attention.
Ashtanga: A guided class, closely following the primary series of poses from the Ashtanga method. In the tradition of Ashtanga yoga, each breath is counted in sanskrit. Drop-in led classes are perfect for those new to ashtanga as well as seasoned Ashtangis to help memorize and experience the primary series of postures. Some prior yoga experience is recommended.
Mysore Series: Named for the city in south India where Pattabhi Jois lived and studied, Mysore is practiced Monday through Friday between 5:45-8:30AM (teacher present from 6:30-8:30AM). It includes a led practice at 7:30AM on Sunday. During the week, each student performs the primary series on their own while receiving guidance and one-on-one instruction from Kate and the Ashtanga Faculty.