Mind & Body Class Descriptions
The following Ashtanga Yoga Mysore class is offered on our Group Exercise schedule. We offer two options to participate:
1.) Purchase a 30-Day Pass for $40 (access to Ashtanga Yoga Mysore classes only; no membership required!). Purchase by phone or visit the IM-Rec Sports Business Office.
2.) Purchase a Group Exercise Pass (access to all Group Ex classes; available to students and IM-Rec Sports members only)
Nonmember/guest, who purchase a Guest Pass, may purchase single class passes for Ashtanga Yoga Mysore.
The following Mind & Body classes are offered on our Group Exercise schedule. To participate, purchase a Group Exercise Pass (access to to all Group Exercise classes; available to students and IM-Rec Sports members only)
Students are led through as a group part of the primary series of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga in a group class. Focus on breathing, explanation of the poses with modifications, and gazing point are all introduced. Expect to build up a sweat, while developing strength, flexibility and mindfulness. Offered in partnership with the Contemplative Sciences Center.
Ashtanga Yoga Mysore
Mysore is a style of teaching and practicing Ashtanga Yoga where individuals are taught in a group setting. Students work through fixed sequences of poses your own pace and level while relying on the teacher for instruction, guidance, inspiration, and physical adjustments. This is for all different levels of students, but especially for those of you who want to take up a regular yoga practice 3-6 days a week. Participants may arrive at any time during class hours. Check schedule details for best times for beginners to attend morning Mysore classes. Offered in partnership with the Contemplative Sciences Center.
Led Primary Series
Primary Series is a class intended for more experienced students or regularly attending Mysore students who have had some exposure to the Ashtanga practice. Students are led through the entire Primary Series in the traditional vinyasa counted style. There is not much instruction beyond the traditional sanskrit count and to remind the student to “breath freely with sound”. For those that are practicing Ashtanga yoga on a daily or semi- daily basis, it is a lovely way to be led through the series with your Mysore community by your side.Those that are newer to the practice, or are at a beginner level, are welcome to join the class and stop whenever they are at the point they have been instructed in the mysore class. Observation is encouraged. For those capable this class will occasionally continue into the Intermediate series as ability permits. Offered in partnership with the Contemplative Sciences Center.
Beginner Ashtanga Yoga
This class is perfect for every body. Learn the fundamental aspects of this invigorating system of yoga, while being guided more slowly through the traditional sequence of postures. Offered in partnership with the Contemplative Sciences Center.
T'ai Chi is a martial art characterized by soft, slow flowing movements of the torso and arms coordinated with weight shifts and steps. It emphasizes relaxation, and is a form of meditation in motion. The benefits of T’ai Chi include improved balance, muscle tone and stress reduction. Offered in partnership with the Contemplative Sciences Center.
- New students attending Mysore class should allow 30 to 45 minutes for practice. If you are new to Ashtanga Yoga Mysore please arrive at 6:30 AM or 8:30 AM.
- Do not add or leave out poses unless you have spoken with the teacher about it.
- If you do not remember or need assistance with a pose please wait quietly and the teacher will come to you as soon as they are able.
- If you have injuries or other special needs, please let your teacher know.
- Try not to drink water during class. We encourage you to hydrate yourself thoroughly when not in class.
- Do not wear scented body lotions, perfumes or oils.
- Students are encouraged to bring their own mat if possible. Public mats are available in the storeroom. Please wipe mats down and put them away after class.
- It is best to wait at least 3-4 hours after eating a meal before practicing yoga.
- Practice begins when you enter. Please respect the practice space and try not to talk in the room.
For more information call 434-924-3791 or visit the Intramural-Recreational Sports Business Office, located in the Aquatic & Fitness Center (Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–5:30 PM).