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AYS NYC is dedicated to the practice of traditional Ashtanga Yoga as taught by yoga masters - Sri K Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009) and Dr KL Shankaranarayana Jois. 

We offer classes in asana, pranayama and yoga philosophy/theory.

Asana Practice - Mysore Style

Asana practice is highly beneficial for its health giving qualities - it can alleviate many common afflictions (headaches, insomnia, back pain etc). Asana practice is also purifying - it helps to detoxify the body as well as stabilize and clarify the mind. Yoga is healing, strengthening and purifying - a perfect antidote to the modern lifestyle which causes so much physical and mental distress. Asana practice is also the foundation for the more advanced yogic practices.

Asana practice is taught according to the traditional Mysore Style - developed by Sri K Pattabhi Jois in his home town of Mysore (India). Students come to class daily and gradually build up an individual yoga practice over time. 

The Ashtanga Yoga method involves learning a sequence of postures - starting with just a few asanas and gradually building it into a sequence over time. The sequence varies a little depending on the student but is built up in the same step by step method individually for each student. On the first day beginning students typically practice for 30-40 minutes. The length of practice gradually increases.

In the beginning new students may receive more verbal instruction to establish the fundamentals of practice but mostly the class is conducted in silence with the sound and rhythm of breath as the guiding thread. The instructor is available to teach new postures or to remind students of the sequence, and to help students correct alignment or get deeper into the postures through hands-on adjustments.

Yoga is effective when practiced with regularity - ideally daily. A little bit each day is far more beneficial than a longer practice once in a while.

Although monthly fees are due on the 1st of each month, new students may start at any time. If you have doubts or questions, we encourage you to come and observe a class and talk to us. There is no need to make an appointment - just turn up when a class is scheduled.