Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

Ashtanga means 'eight limbs' and refers to the eighfold path of Yoga originally laid out by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutra. The ashtanga method of asana (postural) Yoga is a dynamic form of Hatha yoga that combines set sequences of postures with connective movements, breath and physical locks (Bandhas).

This style of yoga was introduced to the modern world by T. Krishnamacharya, who taught the method to K. Pattabhi Jois. Jois dedicated the rest of his life to teaching and spreading the benefits of ashtanga yoga. His grandson Sharat is the current lineage holder. Ashtanga Yoga is a breath based, flowing, systematic, vigorous and energizing form of physical Yoga that is informed by the philosophy and teachings of the Yoga sutras of Patanjali.

Derekthedog Yoga Centre was the first location in Exeter to offer classes and courses in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. There is a strong tradition of Ashtanga here at Derekthedog and we have been teaching this amazingly transformative practice in Exeter since 2001. Ashtanga is taught here by experienced Ashtanga teachers: Andrea Durant & Fran Allen. See our weekly schedule for details of classes and self-practice sessions.

If you are a beginner and want to learn the Ashtanga method we offer regular 8-week beginners Ashtanga courses We also run weekly classes on Wednesday evenings for improvers.
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Ashtanga early morning self-practice

If you are an experienced Ashtanga practitioner and want to practice with other commited ashtangis we have self-practice sessions in the mornings. See our schedule for more info. Fran Allen is also teaching methods of deepening primary and second series Ashtanga on selected Friday evenings. See our schedule for more details.