These classes are offered on our Drop-in Group Exercise schedule. Participants must be students or IM-Rec Sports members to purchase a Drop-in Pass.
Mind & Body Class Descriptions
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.
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.
Ashtanga Yoga Basics
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.
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- 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).