Ashtanga yoga is named after the term given in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras for the eight-fold path of yoga, or ashtanga, meaning “eight-limbed” in Sanskrit. It was Sri K. Pattabhi’s belief that the asana “limb” of yoga must be practiced before the others could be mastered. The practice was developed in Mysore, India where Sri K. Pattabhi Jois taught and set up the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute.

There are several key principles that underlie the practice of Ashtanga yoga:

  • Breath: It is recommended that postures are held for five to eight breaths or more, if possible.
  • Drishti: For every posture in the series, there is a set of drishtis, or gaze points.
  • Vinyasa: This is the breathing system that connects every movement in the series with the breath.
  • Bandhas: The practice should be carried out with the bandhas, or “body locks,” engaged in order to ensure that the breath is also correct.
  • Daily practice: A six-days-per-week practice is encouraged, with Saturday as the rest day. The days of the full and new moon should also be taken as rest days, and women may also refrain from practicing during menstruation.

This class follows a dynamic sequence of asanas/poses designed to stretch, strengthen, and detoxify your body. Expect to sweat and be challenged. Some simple hands on adjustments may be offered, and modifications will be shown as necessary. Sanskrit names and counts are used as much as possible. Appropriate for those new to yoga that are in good physical shape.

In this class we introduce students familiar with the Ashtanga Basic Foundations or Half/Full Primary series format to what is commonly referred to as the “2nd” series in the Ashtanga Vinyasa System. Students are guided through a series of sun salutations, and a mix of the standing postures practiced in the Ashtanga Basic, Half, and Full Primary. The teacher then guides in a workshop fashion an introduction of various 2nd series postures targeted at improving the central nervous system through spinal twists and providing opportunity to develop upper body strength and flexibility not provided for in the 1st series. The teacher teaches each student variations based on their abilities and desire for challenge. The 2nd series provides total balance in the health of the body and mind! Best suited for those who have familiarized themselves with the Half or Full Primary series.

This class is for experienced Ashtanga students. In this class the teacher will call out the names of the poses in Sanskrit according to the classical vinyasa count. To encourage independence and focus, the teacher does not demonstrate or offer modifications, however you are encouraged to modify as needed. The full sequence of asanas is meant to be learned gradually. If you have not learned the full sequence, you can observe what is to come next.

This class is based on the ashtanga series and follows the signature technique of linking breath and movement, also called vinyasa.  It will begin with seated mindful breathing and slowly warm the body in preparation for Sun Salutations.  The pace of this class will be mellow and the sequence will be tailored to the students in attendance. Flow will include a short standing sequence, a short floor sequence, and finish with final long stretches and a reclined relaxation.

Suitable for all levels.

In modern times, most of us live a somewhat sedentary lifestyle motivated by what can be achieved and accomplished. Our modern lifestyle adversely affects the biomechanics of the body which creates stress to the nervous system and impairs brain function. This lifestyle has an impact on our emotional, physical, and mental health.

The Kaiut method is a biomechanical yoga practice designed by Francisco Kaiut to serve the modern body and modern mind. This format is intended to increase freedom of movement. Francisco Kaiut’s method is deeply influenced by his professional practice as a chiropractor and his education in craniosacral and polarity therapies, deep tissue massage, and hatha yoga.

The Kaiut Method works from the joints to maintain and return the body to an optimal structure and function allowing the internal systems to function as efficiently as possible, for as long as possible. By focusing on the joints as opposed to stretching the muscles, practitioners can work with the cause behind the symptom.

The Kaiut Method works with the body in the way that the body was designed by nature to move. This is an inclusive method, using simple shapes to create a format of yoga accessible to all practitioners regardless of flexibility, strength, age, or experience. The method aims to deliver consistent long-term healing results as opposed to creating aesthetic shapes. It has been designed to work through chronic pain & injuries, general aches & stiffness, and work for the inflexible, hyper flexible and the aging body.

Suitable for all levels.

Get connected to your body and soul through breath guided movement, in this fun, energetic flow class. Bring your energy…leave your inhibitions. A closing meditation to bring you back down and relax. Our Vinyasa classes make the connection between movement and breath with a series of poses that will take you through the power of inhaling and exhaling as your body moves through the sequence. No two classes are the same. Learn the basics of yoga: breathing, meditation, proper positioning, and the use of props. Expect a mix of holding stretches and flowing sequences.

This 75 minute session is fun and eclectic in nature. Get connected to your body and soul through breath guided movement, in this fun, energetic flow class. Bring your energy…leave your inhibitions. A closing meditation to bring you back down and relax. Our Vinyasa classes make the connection between movement and breath with a series of poses that will take you through the power of inhaling and exhaling as your body moves through the sequence. No two classes are the same. Learn the basics of yoga: breathing, meditation, proper positioning, and the use of props. Expect a mix of holding stretches and flowing sequences. The practice is fun and informative with an experienced teacher who provides support to make the practice accessible/challenging for all levels.

Yin – the yoga of stillness. Lengthens connective tissue and reduces inflammation. Longer holds, best practiced ‘cold’ before the body warms up. Vinyasa – breath to movement. A more vigorous practice. Lengthens and strengthens muscles and promotes mental clarity.

In VinYin, we offer this combination for strength, flexibility, and mental clarity. Join us! You will leave feeling fantastic! Suitable for all levels.

Yin yoga is the perfect compliment to our yang style of yoga practice. Yang yoga practices include vinyasa, ashtanga, even running, cycling, or any physical activity.

Yin is very passive approach to yoga where poses are performed mainly seated on the floor or laying down. The poses are held for longer periods of time allowing deeper access to the body targeting our connective tissues, fascia and ligaments with the aim of lubricating and protecting our joints. These are areas of the body not often reached with a typical yang style yoga practice or fitness regime.

Other Classes

Yobility refers to exercises that improve daily activity. Yobility combines breath work, Vinyasa (flowing style) yoga and deep stretching with functional exercises to challenge balance and coordination while simultaneously improving strength and range of motion. Students new to yoga and experienced yogis welcome.

This class is appropriate for all students seeking the benefits of a very relaxing, gentle, and nourishing practice. The combination of gentle and deep restorative work improves range of motion and joint mobility while reducing pain and the effects of stress. Students with injuries, arthritis, or other chronic conditions are welcome. Students with limitations related to age or size as well as those with a more vigorous yoga or other exercise routine will benefit from this practice. All asanas/postures are fully propped to provide total support in the asana as taught under the lineage of BKS Iyengar. No prior yoga experience required, all will benefit.

Kundalini Yoga is an uplifting blend of spiritual and physical practices, combining meditation, movement, mantra and dynamic breathing techniques to strengthen the mind, body and spirit. This ancient practice brings self-healing, inspiration, and transformation. Kundalini Yoga empowers us to prosper, excel, and shine in life! Collierville Yoga’s Kundalini and Meditation Class is for all fitness levels. Research supports that Kundalini Yoga may improve perceived and actual stress (salivary cortisol levels), mental depression, obsessive compulsive symptomology, mood, connection to one’s life purpose, coping skills among cancer patients, recovery from substance abuse withdrawal, and abstinence from abuse/addiction. The possibilities are limitless as research continues to explore the profound effects of Kundalini yoga on other illnesses and medical conditions.

This class is designed for first time yogis. It’s the right class for you if you want to learn the fundamentals of yoga in a group where everyone is new. We will explore the breath and basics of each type of yoga offered at Collierville Yoga. You will leave feeling comfortable, empowered, energized, and eager to come back.

The Youth programs run seasonally throughout the year. Students are expected but not required to attend all sessions in order to gain the maximum benefit and fun! The class requires a good attitude, discipline, and don’t forget the fun. There are many benefits beyond creating fit bodies for athletic and non-athletic youth! According to Psychology Today, the benefits include improving physical fitness and general health, reducing stress and anxiety, improving optimism, improving focus and school performance, improving self-esteem and body image, encouraging creativity, and developing discipline and self-regulation. According to Psychology Today, more than 1.7 million children and teens are practicing yoga and many schools now offer yoga programs to help with student’s mental and physical development. No experience necessary, ages 9-13.