May 25th, 2015
Have you tried the new Astanga classes yet? Suitable for all levels and complimentary to your Bikram practise.
We catch up with Wale to find out more about his classes on the schedule at BYB and his upcoming Astanga workshop on Saturday 30th May. It’s a beginners workshop designed to introduce you to Astanga or if you have an existing practise will help get you back to the basics. Book your place here
Wale, can you tell us about your class and what Astanga yoga involves?
Astanga is a physically demanding form of yoga that features linked postures that flow as in Sun Salutes. The Breath is tied to the postural flow.
My class involves exploring the beauty of the flow in the basic Primary Series. The Sun Salutes, standing postures, sitting postures, and an introduction to inversions with shoulder stand.
I’ve been teaching Astanga for over 10yrs. Before that I was an Iyengar Yoga teacher. And previous to that I taught Sam ‘Tu Dang, a martial art.
Why should people come to Astanga Yoga and what do you feel are the benefits?
I think people should come to Astanga for the some reason I did. I found that unlike other forms I had previously done, Astanga gave a cohesion to my yoga practice; It has a beginning, middle and an end.
The immediate benefits will include an increase in physical strength, especially in the upper body, brought about by the sun salutes. Plus the feeling of well-being and rejuvenation that comes with a yoga practice. After Savasana – corpse posture comes the reawakening and you feel every part of your body come to life.
Is it suitable for everyone?
Yes it is! Although people learn at different speeds the beauty of Astanga is in its repetitive nature… if you don’t pick it up today there is always tomorrow and the next day and the day after that… Also Astanga supports any discipline, so if you are a dancer, a triathlete or a power-lifter Astanga will help maintain and develop your body.
How does Astanga compliment Bikram yoga practise?
The basis of an Astanga practice is deep full Udjayi breaths used continuously throughout the practice. In the heated room of a Bikram practice although you can’t breath like that all the time I found that udjayi breathing comes in useful between postures. I also found that the stamina gained from a long Astanga practice helps the focus of the more intense Bikram practice.
Is the room heated?
The heating is not switched on for the Astanga practice, but sweat arrives very quickly because of the well insulated room. Reminds me of practising in Mysore, South India, the home of Astanga Yoga.
Can our students practice a Bikram class first?
I don’t see why not. I often done an astanga practice before a Bikram class and vice-versa. But it does depend on the stamina and mental fortitude of the student. Its like running a marathon train hard and prepare well!
We are looking forward to your upcoming workshop on the 30th May, can anyone attend the workshop, even if they have never tried Astanga before?
Yes! Its a beginners workshop designed to introduce you to Astanga . If you already have an existing practice, it always helps to go back to basics. I have found this to be true in my practice. Spaces are limited, book your space here
What days and times are your classes available?
On Mondays at 3pm & Saturdays at 12:30pm. Both classes are an hour and a half with a long savasana at the end.
Look forward to seeing you there.
See our online timetable here