Traditional Yoga. Individual Teaching. Transformational Practice.
Welcome to Ashtanga Yoga Napa Valley
Starting a Yoga practice is as simple as taking a breath in and a breath out….
How to start…
It isn’t important to us if you can touch your toes, do a back-bend, or stand on your head; we value and appreciate your courage in seeking a practice to support change in your life and are ready to welcome you exactly how you are. All you need to do is show up.
We’d love to hear from you…
If you’d like to start, please fill out the form below to tell us a little about yourself, your experience with Yoga or any other movement modalities, and why you’d like to explore Ashtanga Yoga with us. Because our teaching is unique and personalized to each and every student (it’s like getting a private lesson in a group setting) the information you provide us will help us to decide the best day and time for you to come. If you would like to come in to observe a class before starting a practice we can arrange for that as well.
When starting an Ashtanga Yoga practice we highly recommend that students commit to a minimum of 2 - 3 days per week. For the first few practices we will ask that new students start at specific times (listed below) which will help us to get to know each student and for each student to get to know us. Once a short standing asana practice has been established and memorized, students are free to come anytime during our morning teaching hours (see schedule page.)
Monday - Friday New students may arrive at:
Sunday New students may arrive at:
What to expect during your first few practices…
We ask that you are able to spend at least 60 minutes with us for your first few practices. We will take some time to provide you with an in person overview of how we teach and we may ask you some questions about injury or anticipated challenges. Once in the practice space we will show you where everything is and how the flow of the room works. We will allow you to get your mat and props set up and integrate your energy to the space.
The first sequence of postures we will teach you is Surya Namaskara A or Sun Salutation A. This is a breath based sequence of 9 movements designed to warm up your body and connect you to your natural rhythm. We may walk you through the sequence multiple times and will provide modifications to make the postures accessible to you. When you feel comfortable and confident in your ability to move through the 9 positions without direct instruction, we will step aside giving you room to experience the practice at your own pace and under your own direction. Not to worry though! We will be within eyesight - providing you with unspoken support and only stepping in if you find yourself lost or with questions.
The learning of the practice will continue on like this. We will teach you a sequence of postures or one posture at a time, allow you to practice on your own creating connection and memorization, and then continue to add more and more each time you come to practice. When we meet a posture or sequence that presents significant challenge to your nervous system and/or physical body, we will spend some time (maybe a few practices or maybe a few weeks) engaged in deep study of the particular posture. With this approach we are ensuring that learning and practicing more complex postures will be done with intelligence and safety.
Why might Ashtanga Yoga be beneficial to you?
Because it is an approach that puts the needs of the individual student first. We will take into consideration everything that makes You the unique person You are. Some people are naturally flexible; some people are naturally strong; some people have tight hamstrings; some of us have had surgery; many of us have experienced some form of trauma. All of these things must be taken into account when learning and practicing Yoga for it to be truly effective. Every student cannot be expected to move, breathe, and experience the practice in the same way - because Yoga is personal. In Ashtanga Yoga we have the ability to provide you with your very own Yoga practice that you can take with you anywhere in the world - it is personal to you; it is sustainable for you; and it will be transformational for you.