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What is Ashtanga Yoga?

The Sanskrit term Ashtanga means eight (ashto) limbs (anga) and is claimed to have been codified by the ancient sage Patanjali around 2,500 years ago in the classic text, The Yoga Sutras. Here, Patanjali outlined the eight limbs of yogic practice: Yama (ethical principles), Niyama (spiritual attitudes), Asana (postures), Pranayama (breath expansion and harnessing), Pratyahara (inward gazing), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (meditative absorption). Each of these practices, when used as tools to encounter and develop relationship with one’s own accumulated patterns of reactive habits, can be a great aid on the path to inner freedom. Join us for daily Ashtanga Yoga Bali classes.

  • Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, as taught by Sri K Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India for 70 years
  • is an Asana-based practice that coordinates deep ujjayi breathing with flowing movements into and out of bodily postures in a particular sequence.
  • Body, breath and mind are all aligned correctly in these movements.
  • Bandha (a dynamic balance of opposing forces) and meditative focus are experienced.
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Who’s Teaching?

Iain Grysak
Ashtanga Yoga Instructor

Instructor’s Info

Iain Grysak began practicing yoga in 1999 in the Iyengar tradition. He encountered Ashtanga yoga in 2003 and has maintained an uninterrupted daily Ashtanga practice since then.

Iain learned the primary and intermediate series from certified teacher Mark Darby during 2003-2004. He practiced with certified teacher Rolf Naujokat for 3-5 months each year from 2007-2014. Iain has completed both the 3rd (advanced A) and 4th (advanced B) series with Rolf. He also apprenticed with Rolf as an assistant in his Mysore-style classes for several years. He made his first trip to practice with Sharath Jois in Mysore from October – December, 2014.

Iain has been teaching yoga since 2000 and teaching Mysore-style Ashtanga since 2005. He ran his own Ashtanga school, Ashtanga Yoga Yukon, in his native Canada from 2005-2013. He is currently based in Ubud, Bali and teaches above the Seeds of Life Raw Food Cafe.

Iain emphasizes meditative awareness and attention to detail in his teaching and has a lot of experience in helping practitioners with injuries and chronic pains. He is also a longtime practitioner of Vipassana meditation.

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Ashtanga Immersion Course – August 2017

Daily Mysore style practice, pranayama and discourse with lain in Ubud, Bali

4 week option: July 30 – August 25, 2017
2 week option: July 30 – August 11, 2017

Special early registration pricing until June 15.

The next Ashtanga Immersion will be held in Ubud, Bali in August, 2017. The Immersion consists of daily asana, pranayama and discussion. It is designed to deepen all areas of practice through direct experience, and to help integrate practice into the thread of awareness that runs through daily life.

This course includes 6 morning sessions per week consisting of traditional Mysore-style practice from Sundays – Thursdays and led primary series on Fridays. Additionally, there are 4 afternoon sessions per week, Monday – Thursday, which involve exercises to cultivate depth and subtlety in philosophy in our modern physical practice and daily lives.

The course is open for 2 or 4 weeks registration.

Ashtanga Pranayama Course – April/May 2017

Daily Mysore style practice and pranayama with Iain in Ubud, Bali

4 week option: April 23 – May 23, 2017
2 week option: April 23 – May 5, 2017

The pranayama and breathing course is a unique oppurtunity to receive consistent and in depth instruction in ujjayi and viloma breathing pranayama over a period of several weeks. Daily Mysore style Ashtanga practice is required, followed by breathing and pranayama instruction from 9:30 – 10:30 am. Participants will learn how to use the breath to it’s full potential, deepen their understanding of bandha and will also develop a structured pranayama which they can take away and continue long term.

The course is open for 2 or 4 weeks registration.

Contact Iain at iaingrysak@gmail.com to register.