Mind & Body Class Descriptions
The following Ashtanga Yoga Mysore class is offered on our Group Exercise schedule. We offer two options to participate:
2.) Purchase a Group Exercise Pass (access to all Group Ex classes; available to students and IM-Rec Sports members only)
Ashtanga Yoga Mysore
Mysore is a style of teaching and practicing Ashtanga Yoga. In the Mysore setting you work through fixed sequences of poses at your own pace and at your own 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. Offered in partnership with the Contemplative Sciences Center.
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 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. Offered in partnership with the Contemplative Sciences Center.
Beginner Ashtanga Yoga
This is a Mysore class (see description above), but exists to serve people brand new to Ashtanga Yoga. When you come for the first time, the teacher will take you through the practice in detail, and give you their full attention until you get used to the practice and the series of poses is memorized. Offered in partnership with the Contemplative Sciences Center.
Yoga Extra Help Hour
For students who want to experience the benefits of yoga but have a physical or other limitation that prevents them from attending group classes. Students will be taught one-on-one or in small groups, and are encouraged to inform the instructor of any diagnoses or symptoms they have. Instructors will work closely with you to recommend a yoga practice that is sustainable and pain-free. No diagnoses will be made, and no medical advice will be given. All ages and experience levels welcome. 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. Your starting time is flexible; however, please allow enough time to finish.
- 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).