home arrow classes

Ashtanga Yoga Shala is dedicated to the traditional practice of Ashtanga Yoga - as described over 2000 years ago by the great sage Patanjali in the Yoga Sutra.

Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga Yoga is a comprehensive eight-step evolutionary program designed to transform a human being physically and mentally by reducing dis-ease, pain and stress and by increasing health, peace and happiness - leading ultimately to the highest realization of the Self. Since we live in such polluted and unnatural environment - for most people this means starting with healing the body.

Ashtanga Yoga and the Movement System – Prevention and Therapy
with Peter Greve - June 9/10/11 2017

Our movement system comprises, muscular, skeletal and neural components and is intimately influenced by our thoughts, breath and heart beat and provides a fascinating experimental field for developing a yoga practice. Via the movement system we can facilitate health and healing but it can also be prone to injury and a source of trouble and disorder. Yoga has huge potential for the prevention of injury and in the therapy and reduction of dysfunctions of the movement system. 

Full workshop $340
Friday 6.30pm-9pm workshop $65
Saturday 7.30am-9.30am practice $45, 10.30am-1.30pm workshop $75, 3pm-6.30pm workshop $85
Sunday 7.30-9.30am practice $45, 10.30am-2pm workshop $85


Peter Greve spent several years studying yoga under the guidance of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore from 1988 and has been teaching Ashtanga yoga for over 20 years. 

As a professional clinical physical and manual therapist, he integrates functional anatomy and biomechanics to fortify the effect of yoga practice on health promotion, therapy, rehabilitation and dysfunction prevention. His special field of interest is the identification of movement-system impairments and their resolution and keeping up to date with the latest research in the field. 

As a keen student of yoga philosophy and Sanskrit, Peter takes an integral approach to yoga. He is co-director of Die Yogapraxis center in Berlin where he teaches Mysore style and one-on-one therapy and is a sought after lecturer on teacher trainings and further education courses for teachers in Germany and internationally.

In this workshop we will be exploring the phenomenon of movement and posture in the context of yoga and exploring the following questions:

What are movement system dysfunctions and how do we recognize them? 
To which disorders or diagnosis do movement system dysfunctions point? 
Which knowledge of musculoskeletal disorders enhances our competence as yoga practitioners or teachers? 
What signs and symptoms are hints for a serious pathology, which should be checked by a health professional? 
What disorders or diagnoses are we positively affecting when reducing movement system dysfunctions through yoga practice? 
How can we adapt asana practices to the individual needs of yoga students or to our own individual needs? 
How can we reinforce the effects of a good and healthy yoga practice by hands-on assists and adjustments?

We will explore the following themes:
Functional anatomy
Preventing injuries and movement system disorders 
Promoting musculoskeletal health 
Ashtanga Yoga led class and Mysore-style class
Hands-on assists and adjustments
Self-experience and being grounded in oneself (svastha) 

We will also look at the following disorders and their diagnosis: 
Forward Head Posture and Cervical Spine Disorders (Neck pain, Cervicogenic headache)
Inter-scapular syndrome
Rotator cuff disease
Hamstring Strain Injury

As workshop participant you can expect to:
Gain, consolidate or broaden your knowledge of anatomy and functional anatomy of the musculoskeletal/movement system.
Acquire basic knowledge about movement system functions and dysfunctions.
Become acquainted with common musculoskeletal disorders, diagnoses and functional conspicuities in a framework of yoga.
Improve skills in preventing injuries and promoting musculoskeletal health through yoga practice
Learn to understand asana from within, according to their functions and about good alignment.
Learn to adapt, variegate and adjust yoga-asanas and practices according to your needs, capacity and potential or according to the needs, capacity and potential of your yoga students.
Encounter a yoga practice that aims at promoting health and healing and allows you to experience and feel grounded in yourself (svastha).

AYS NYC is dedicated to the practice of traditional Ashtanga Yoga as taught by yoga masters - Sri K Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009) and Dr KL Shankaranarayana Jois. 

We offer classes in asana, pranayama and yoga philosophy/theory.

Asana Practice - Mysore Style

Asana practice is healing, strengthening and purifying - a perfect antidote to the modern lifestyle which causes so much physical and mental stress. Yoga can alleviate many common ailments such as headaches, insomnia, back pain etc.. It also purifies the body of toxins, increases vitality and brings greater mental peace and clarity.

Pranayama - no class currently scheduled

Prana is vital energy which manifests as mind and breath. Pranayama increases the vital energy through controlling the breath while at the same time it brings calmness to the mind. Pranayama is the link between asana practice and meditation. Classes are recommended for all students.

Yoga Sutra Study - no class currently scheduled

Patanjali's Yoga Sutra is a work of 195 mostly very short statements. In addition to giving the most lucid description of Ashtanga Yoga - the practical path to the highest goal, the Yoga Sutra also explains what this goal is and what results from its attainment. Since the statements or sutras are so concise, a tradition of commentary has grown over the last 2000 years to elucidate the Sutra's meaning. These classes will explore the sutras one by one with reference to some of the most important commentators.

Yoga philosophy is concerned mostly with the science of mind or psychology: learning to understand and control the mind. Understanding yoga philosophy gives one a better orientation for practice as well as many practical yogic techniques that can be applied. 

What is yoga? Why practice yoga? What is the nature of mind? Is there anything beyond the mind? And what is the meaning of the goal of yoga - Samadhi? All these questions are addressed in the Yoga Sutra Class - open to all students. By donation.

Guy Donahaye has been teaching traditional Mysore Style Ashtanga Yoga since 1993. He has trained extensively in India with Sri K Pattabhi Jois (Guruji) and is one of a small number of students (the only one in Manhattan) to have received Advanced Teaching Certification from Jois’ Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore.

The Ashtanga Yoga Shala was originally established in 1996 as the Bristol (UK) Branch of Guruji’s Mysore Institute and then re-located to New York in 1998.