In an Ashtanga Yoga class you can expect to move, breathe, focus, balance your energy, be challenged, sweat, develop self study skills and relax.
What is Ashtanga Yoga?
Originating in India Ashtanga yoga is a system of breathing and movement that builds strength, flexibility, and focus through a set series of yoga postures (asanas) and linking movements (vinyasas). The progressive sequence of postures detoxifies, balances, and strengthens both body and mind.
Over time, through repetition and consistent practice, the student memorizes the sequence of breathing and movement while building flexibility, strength, and concentration. The student is guided in a systematic and thoughtful manner one to one in a group setting (Mysore style) or in a led class through postures of increasing difficulty. This method teaches the student a practice he or she can take anywhere in the world, regardless of whether or not a teacher is at hand to supervise.
Katie Hamilton-King has been instructing Ashtanga yoga classes in Queenstown since 2015. Katie was first introduced to Iyengar yoga by her Mum, Colleen Adamson of Christchurch East Yoga and practiced Iyengar yoga for 5 years. It was while living in Vanuatu with her then young family that Katie was introduced to Ashtanga yoga and also began her journey into teaching and sharing her love of yoga, and it was here that Katie started a community yoga studio in 2007. Katie completed a Level 1/ 200 hour Yoga Teaching certificate in 2009 with Santosha Yoga and attended a 40 hour Ashtanga teacher training with David Swenson and has been practicing yoga for 20 years in various styles.