Mind & Body Class Descriptions
To Participate, Purchase one of the following Pass Options:
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)
Non-member/guest, who purchase a Guest Pass, may purchase single class passes for Ashtanga Yoga Mysore.
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. Class Schedule. 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. Class Schedule. Offered in partnership with the Contemplative Sciences Center.
Students are led through part of the primary series of Ashtanga 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. Class Schedule. Offered in partnership with the Contemplative Sciences Center.
Beginner Ashtanga Yoga
This is perfect for every body. Learn the fundamental aspects of this invigorating system of yoga, while being guided through the traditional sequence of postures. Class Schedule. 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. Class Schedule. Offered in partnership with the Contemplative Sciences Center.
Yoga & Meditation
Combining breath with movement in a steady and invigorating sequence of poses (asanas), this class blends elements of vinyasa flow yoga with meditation and breathing exercises (pranayama). Classes will begin and end with a short meditation and emphasis will be on staying present in the body, breath and mind throughout the class in a dynamic series of poses (asanas). Options are offered for poses to support each student in working with a level of challenge that best meets their needs. The practice results in increased bodily awareness, physical strength, flexibility and balance as well as a greater mental resiliency, mindfulness, concentration, and inner calm. Class Schedule. Offered in partnership with the Contemplative Sciences Center.
- New students attending Mysore class should arrive at 8:30 AM and allow 30 to 45 minutes for practice.
- 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.
Instructional Series & Workshops
Registration is required to participate.
Introduction to Mysore (Ashtanga Yoga) Workshop #6527
Learn the fundamentals of the Ashtanga yoga practice in a slow, safe and comprehensive manner. Learn Sun Salutations and the fundamental standing asanas (postures), breathing techniques and seated postures. (FREE for IM-Rec Sports members/students only). Schedule and Registration available online.
Introduction to Mediation #6528
This series offers a basic look at meditation including guided breathing exercises, body scans, mindfulness techniques, relaxation, and visualization. Participants will receive supportive materials (hand-outs, books, recordings, etc.) and complete the series with a solid foundation in meditation and techniques they can continue to use on their own. Schedule and Registration available online.
RnR Triathlon #6529
Experience the revolution in mind/body fitness in this innovative triathlon that brings together 40 minutes of outdoor running/walking with 40 minutes of indoor gentle stretching and relaxation to create an invigorating, harmonizing, joyful and peaceful workout experience. Join us for 4 weeks of sweat, laughs and fun as we invigorate, strengthen and balance our bodies and minds. Open to all fitness levels and abilities. Fee includes CSC water bottle, yoga mat and T-Shirt. Schedule and Registration available online.
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).