Ashtanga Classes

Sri K. Pattabhi Jois studied yoga under his guru Sri Krishnamacharya and also attended the Sanskrit College of Mysore, where he became a professor of Sanskrit and Advaita Vedanta. He and Sri Krishnamacharya developed the Ashtanga Yoga vinyasa series based on the purifying practices described in the ancient texts, which they discovered.

In 1993 Sri K. Pattabhi Jois taught for the first time in New York City at the Jivamukti Yoga School located at that time in 2nd Avenue. We continue the tradition by offering Led and Mysore Ashtanga classes.

Ashtanga Schedule at Jivamukti Yoga NYC

  • Led Ashtanga Primary Series* 
    Tuesday 7:15-8:45 p.m.
    Saturday 9:30am-11:00 a.m.
  • Mysore Ashtanga Classes**
    Monday – Friday studio opens at 6:45am | teacher assists from 7am-9:20am | studio closes at 9:35am.
    Sunday studio opens at 7:45am | teacher assists from 8am-10am | studio closes at 10:20am.

Note: Mysore Ashtanga classes are cancelled on Full Moon and New Moon days.

View our Ashtanga Yoga Info page for Moon Days, Teacher Profiles, and Ashtanga Guidelines.

*Led Ashtanga

This class covers the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga, counted with the traditional vinyasa as taught by Sri K Pattabhi Jois. The class will be led through half primary (navasana), after which the teacher may determine a natural stopping point for the majority of the class. If this occurs, students who know the full primary series and wish to practice further may complete their practice “mysore style”, with assistance from the teacher, while the others will be guided through the traditional closing poses.

**Mysore Style Ashtanga

Mysore Style Ashtanga is an elegantly designed sequence of breath-initiated postures, taught individually in a group setting, the way it is taught in Mysore, India by the Sri K. Pattabhi Jois family. As students learn and internalize the sequence, mastering challenges and following the pace of their own breathing, they are taught new postures as appropriate, and their practice is deepened by sensitive hands-on adjustments from the teacher. There is a quiet, meditative serenity in the practice room that enhances this process. Although the sequence is universal, its approach may vary according to specific needs. This creates the opportunity for a tailored practice typically only offered through private lessons, with the benefit of the energy, community, and shared cost of a group class.

New Students can start to practice Ashtanga Yoga at any time of the month in the Mysore classes. Ideally, they should begin at anytime between 7-8am. The first day, new students will start learning the breathing-movement system (vinyasa) via the Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations) and usually will have about 45 minutes practice. To best understand the system, it is recommended that new students sign up for minimum of one week, at an introductory price of $45. After that, an ongoing monthly commitment of a minimum of 2-3 times a week is necessary for maintaining consistency in learning and safety.