Levels of Yoga

What levels of yoga one is practicing at is way less important than the persistency, consistency and quality of attention.

Traditionally there are three main areas covered by yoga – working with the body, working with the conscious mind, and working with our emotive an intuitive self (by some also called the ‘spirit’). These three are essentially inseparable and none of the three can function properly without the other two. Recognising this ‘deep integrity’ is at the heart of our approach.

Currently our classes focus mainly on physical training through dynamic yogasana, working with postures and movement chains of the Ashtanga Vinyasa style, modified and adapted when necessary. ‘Deeper dimensions’ are mostly addressed at workshops and planted into individual training programmes.

The regular yogasana training itself tends to trigger interest in the other two dimensions. Since the majority of people seem to be interested mostly in the physical practice, we will start with this.warriors_bw

In our training system the physical training of postures and movement chains is based on Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Overall, particularly at early stages, the training is designed to accommodate individual needs and abilities. There are currently three levels of training available, starting with the Dynamic Yoga Primer, or K-1. (‘K’ here means method, sequence, from the Sanskrit word ‘krama’)

K-1 is our entry stage, preparing the practitioner by laying solid foundations. The four phases of postures and movement chains are introduced – Enter, Engage/Empower, Exit. Some important classical principles are embedded in the methodology right from start. After a few weeks or months, when you’re ready, you can move to the next level.

The second level is the Ashtanga Primer, K-2. It adds more postures and techniques, builds strength, stamina and flexibility. This level will progress you toward developing the full Primary Series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Here we usually have a mixed ability group, enabling individuals to develop at their own pace, according to abilities and aspirations.

The third level, K-3, is currently the highest level. It is a ‘self-practice’, where individuals practice their individual sequences (may it be Ashtanga Primary or Second series, or any bespoke, individualised sequence). Everyone works from memory, the instructor/teacher/mentor assists with comments and physical corrections and adjustments where needed.

Please refer to the class timetable or other relevant pages to see more.