Monday. Ashtanga Happy Hour, 5.30-6.30pm, Beginners+
Monday. Guided Primary, 7-8.30pm, Mixed Ability, (beginners welcome)
Tuesday. Traditional Mysore, 6am, experience required (*Spring/Summer only)
Tuesday. Private or 1-2-1 classes, 10am-1pm, (*email us for details)
Tuesday. Guided Primary, 6.30-8pm , Mixed Ability (*beginners welcome)
Thursday. Half Guided Primary, 9.30-10.30am, Mixed ability (*beginners welcome)
Thursday. Traditional Mysore, 6.30-8.45pm, *some experience required
Friday. Private or 1-2-1 classes, 10am-1pm, (*email us for details)
Sunday. Traditional Mysore, 7-9am *Booking essential, experience required
Booking ahead is preferred as some classes are busy, and so that we can contact you if we have to cancel a class (sickness or holidays).
Keep an eye out for our Saturday workshops and a Mysore Intensive, six day course over the Spring and Summer months.
Ashtanga Yoga is a traditional Yoga method that follows a set sequence. In a Guided Primary class you are taken through most of the Primary series postures with the correct vinyasa count. It is open to any level, beginners may be guided through finishing postures early, practicing for 60 minutes instead of 90. Hydrate before and after your class but not during. Expect to get very hot. Please contact us if you require more information.
The Ashtanga Happy Hour is ideally suited to a beginner or those who wish to take things a little slower.
The Mysore class is for those practicing Primary or Intermediate (third series between April-November) series & must have a regular practice with some knowledge of the Primary series. You will not be led, it is like having a 1-2-1 lesson in a class setting.
90 minute class £7 or £5.50 with a 10 class pass
60 minute class £6 or £5.50 with a 10 class pass
10 class pass – £55 (valid for 3 months)
Workshops and Courses 2019
The Core of Ashtanga Yoga
A Weekend of Practice &Workshops with Andrea Lutz (Berlin)
Come and join us for this amazing weekend with the wonderful Andrea Lutz , from 7 – 9. June 2019.
Immerse yourself, give yourself time to deepen your practice, become familiar with the illusive Bandhas, discover breath techniques (paranayama). Come with a friend or make it your very own retreat weekend. (find out more about Exmouth here)
In these workshops Andrea will focus on
– the energetic Plane of the practice,
– the core techniques: Breath, Bandhas & Drishti
– the holistic approach to integrate the intense practice in our lives.
On Friday there will be a led class in the traditional Sanskrit counting followed by a short introduction of the main aspects of Andrea´s teaching.
On Saturday and Sunday we will start with a short introduction to Pranayama (non retention) and a 15min sitting Meditation. Directly followed by a Mysore class where Andrea will offer personal support for every student. After a break we will explore in depth and detail selected Asanas of the Primary Series with their physical and energetic alignment. The Breath and the Bandhas will be accentuated, which will help you to increase your core strength and to refine your practice. You will learn how to use weight and gravity to find more ease and lightness. You can progress your inner strength which allows you to release all unnecessary tension in the body and mind.
Andrea will also discuss the energetic body, how the Ashtanga practice has the potential to heal on all levels and about the importance of a regular and dedicated practice to achieve the best results.
At the end of the afternoon class, we will have some time to discuss the topics you are interested in, or any questions you may have.
18:30 – 20:00 Led class, Introduction to the workshop
08:30 – 09:00 Meditation & Pranayama
12:30 – 15:30 Asana Lab, theory, talk and Q & A
08:30 – 09:00 Meditation & Pranayama
12:30 – 15:00 Technology of the practice, theory, talk and Q & A
early bird price £120, (book before 30/4/19)
or £135 (after the above date.)
(Open to anyone with some Ashtanga yoga experience.)
Please email us to book your place, or book via our Facebook page,
Deposit required for confirmation
If you do not live in or near Exmouth we are happy to help with accommodation.
Our purpose built Shala is 10 minute walk from the Beach, part of the beautiful Jurassic Coast line.
Andrea started her Yoga practice in 1986 first in the tradition of Shivananda and Iyengar until she met in 1997 her first Ashtanga Yoga teacher. Immediately she was fascinated by this challenging tradition and is practicing daily since then.
Her Ashtanga Yoga practice is mainly influenced by the „old style” teachings of Sri K. Patthabi Jois, carried by her teachers Nancy Gilgoff and Manju P. Jois. With both she is closely connected since more than 15 years. She travels the world to teach and study and since 2006 she traveled every year to Maui to practice under the guidance of Nancy Gilgoff. She finished the ‘old’ third series with Nancy.
In 2009 Manju certified Andrea to teach Ashtanga Yoga, Pranayama and Chanting.
Additionally she completed 4 extended trips to Mysore/ India to study Ashtanga Yoga with Vijay Kumar and Pranayama with his brother Vinay Kumar.
Her whole adult life she is researching different ways of moving and healing the body and mind. Besides her studies in different Yoga traditions, Andrea has a profound background in Physiotherapy and Alternative Healing (“Heilpraktiker“) and she is a II Degree Reiki practioner. For more than 10 years she was fulltime active in performance art and dance.
Her love and deep interest focuses on the transformational aspects of the practice and the possibility to develop a higher level of awareness. Consciousness and compassion are main aspects of her teaching.
Andrea founded her own school, the Ashtanga Studio Berlin
, in 2005, where she is still teaching daily Mysore classes.
Workshops and courses 2018
Nancy Gilgoff Practitioners Clinic
This summer we are thrilled to be welcoming Nancy Gilgoff to AYE.
The Practitioners Clinic is about you and your practice.
You will enjoy a (not too early) morning practice session plus afternoon sessions, during which we will examine the postures of the Primary Series. We will focus on ways to avoid injury while practicing, as well as on how to connect to the bandhas when moving in and out of the postures.
You will get lots of personal adjustments from Nancy as it is a small class of 20 maximum.
(Clinic open to anyone with an understanding of the Ashtanga Primary Series).
Nancy began practicing Ashtanga Yoga over forty years ago with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, in Mysore, India. As a result of their long and close association, Nancy is able to teach with a style and touch that comes directly from Pattabhi Jois. When Nancy asked Jois how she should teach, he told her to “teach the way I taught you”—advice which she took to heart and continues to follow today.
Nancy’s studies over the years have also led her to other teachers, including Baba Hari Das and, for asana, instructors of Iyengar. In addition, she has and continues to pursue the dharma teachings of the Dalai Lama.
Nancy spends much of her time touring the United States, Europe, and Asia, teaching with a view to fostering loving-kindness and to sharing her love and experience of yoga. Click here for more
Price – *£195,
Dates and *Approximate Timings;
Thursday 30th August–
10-11.30am- Primary series led by Nancy,
Break for lunch
1-3.30pm – Workshop, Q&A with Nancy,
Friday 31st August –
10-11.30am- Mysore Class with Nancy
Break for lunch
1-3.30pm – Workshop, Q&A with Nancy
Saturday 1st September-
10-11.30am – Mysore Class with Nancy
12-12.30pm – Loving Kindness meditation
*This Clinic is now full but contact us if you would like to be put on the reserve list.
Exmouth is a lovely seaside town. Accommodation can get booked up fairly early, we can give you some recommendations if required.
*£95 deposit with the balance to be paid at least 2 weeks before the Clinic.
Your place cannot be confirmed until deposit is paid with an email to let us know
Deposit can only be refunded if we have someone to take your place.
*timings are approximate and may change slightly.
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We look forward to welcoming you into our friendly & growing community at our purpose built Shala, AYE.
Six day Mysore Intensive
Sunday -Friday. Next course; DTBC…..7am,
A week of early morning self practice with Neil & Jinty
Our Shala doors will open between 6 – 8am. (7-9am on Sunday)
Arrive anytime after 6am (as long as your practice is finished by 8am)
We will be here to teach, share, watch, guide, adjust & prompt you.
The benefits of practicing daily, in a group, with a teacher are many. You will learn a lot about yourself & your practice, you will gain strength & flexibility.
In a led class our instruction is generalised, whereas a Mysore class is specific to you, your practice and your body.
We can look at modifications for any injury or past traumas, or how to move further in to a posture that you may feel is holding you back, using breath & bandhas & a wealth of experience.
Imagine doing this every day for 6 days. If you have never had the opportunity of a daily Mysore programme now is your chance to find out what it is all about – (without having to take time off work for a retreat).
To get the full benefit we would prefer you to do the full course but understand this may be impossible for some so you may do as many days as you can.
Past work shops;
‘My arms are too short’….& other stories. Saturday 7th July, 8.30-11am,
Arm Balances, binding, lifting up & lotus.
We will be taking a closer look to see if and how our own anatomy affects our ability in some of the more challenging Yoga asanas.
It will be a fun few hours with with a chance to try some postures from intermediate and third series (optional).
Open to everyone, any level.
Lots of practice and a little theory.
Time for questions and obviously our AYE coffee or chai.
with Neil and Jinty in a small group,
Deepen your Practice Workshop, Saturday 24th March, 8.30am-11am, ***more Saturday workshops coming soon………
Would you like to move forward in your practice?
Deepen your knowledge of Ashtanga Yoga?
Understand a little of Yoga philosophy?
In a modern world where Yoga, (particularly in the media), has become focused purely on the Asana (posture) we will be looking at moving beyond what a posture should ‘look’ like & explore Ashtanga Yoga’s other limbs.
In this workshop you will learn on how the Angas (eight limbs) can influence your experience of your practice.
Connecting these philosophies with a physical practice focusing on Postures that you may struggle with or maybe that you do not understand.
There will be time for coffee/chai and discussion
*All profits from this workshop will be given to ‘The Yoga Industry’s’ Kickstarter campaign. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1978439659092529&ref=br_rs
Their aim is to make a documentary which will discuss the real values of Yoga.
“Yoga has been redefined by marketing companies, social media platforms and the fitness industry without any understanding for what gives yoga its definition.”
The documentary will focus on a Yoga that exists in the small yoga Shala’s and the many dedicated teachers with years of practice experience.
please arrive at least 10 minutes early for your class
take off your shoes on entering
respect your teachers and fellow students by being aware of your personal hygiene when arriving to class
bring a small towel (for the teacher to use)
if a class is taking place before yours please keep voices low
do not drink during your practice
book ahead if possible