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Ashtanga Yoga New York, New York, USA
Ashtanga Yoga New York – 430 Broome Street #2 - New York, NY – 10013
Ashtanga Yoga New York offers daily classes in traditional yoga as taught by the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and as continued through the living legacy of his family, Saraswati, Sharath and Manju Jois.
Ashtanga Yoga New York is dedicated to the teachings and lineage of yoga master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009). AYNY opened with Pattabhi Jois’s blessings in 1995 as the New York City branch of his institute in Mysore. As in his school in India, traditional yoga is practiced on a daily basis as part of the yogic path – a path which includes personal and social ethical observances, meditation, and study of philosophy. Beginners, intermediate and advanced practitioners are all welcome, and practice together in harmony in a welcoming environment. AYNY has taken part in bringing out some of the important teachings and writings of Pattabhi Jois, including Yoga Mala; Surya Namaskar; Sri K. Pattabhi Jois: A Tribute; and Guruji, A Portrait of the Ashtanga Yoga Master Through the Eyes of His Students.
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The teachings of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois are being carried forth by his son Manju Jois, his daughter Saraswati Jois, and grandson R. Sharath Jois, the director of his Institute in Mysore, South India.
The directors of AYNY are Eddie and Jocelyne Stern. Our teaching staff include Yossi Zur, Aline Fernandes, Maria Margolies, Ali Seidenstein and Karri Jinkins. All of our teachers have trained in Mysore under Pattabhi Jois and in NY with Eddie.
Yoga is an ancient practice that originated within the wisdom traditions of India. The methods of yoga have shown that by using our body, breath and mind in a particular manner, we may find harmony within ourselves. In this fast-paced world we easily become detached from our bodies, lost in the world of worries and stress, and find ourselves rushing forward in an effort to keep up. Yoga pulls us back into our bodies, and teaches us an embodied awareness that keeps us healthy, filled with a sense of well-being, and a gives us a renewed ability to remain aware and in the present moment. It is a holistic practice that supports all other aspects of life.
Ashtanga Yoga is a dynamic, structured, and intelligent approach to the practice of yoga, and is comprised of both practical and philosophical components. The practical portion has been traditionally taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in two ways; Mysore style and led class.
In the Mysore class, new students are instructed individually, and taught small amounts of a sequence of poses that increase each day according to the capacity of the student. When practiced in a consistent manner, the poses strengthen, purify and align the body, breath and mind. When the initial poses of the sequence have been committed to memory – which does not take very long – new postures are introduced, adding to the sequence when the student is ready. The teachers are present to give help in the poses as needed, and to answer questions that may arise. Mysore style is a simple, effective and ancient method of learning yoga. A beginner can expect their first class to last about 20-30 minutes. The practice will gradually increase in length up to about an hour and a half.
The led class is the more typical style yoga class that is offered in the West, where the teacher instructs the group together, leading the class through the 48 postures of the primary series. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, a half-primary led class is taught, that goes up to navasana, and includes the finishing inversions at the end.
Trial Week for Beginners
For a gentle introduction to Ashtanga Yoga that will gradually increase your endurance, stamina, and levels of concentration, you can try our five day introduction, that runs every Monday thru Friday morning at 7, 8, 9 and 10 am. There will be one teacher working with you each day for about 20-30 minutes.
During the course of the week you will be introduced to the opening poses of the primary series, called yoga cikitsa (yoga therapy), which is aimed at aligning the body and purifying the internal organs. For those who are interested to learn Ashtanga Yoga but have been intimidated by its reputation as being “the hard yoga”, this class will allay your fears.
Jocelyne’s meditation classes on Mondays are taking a pause until the fall. Thank you!
Yoga Therapy and Pranayama Classes
These classes meet once per month. The yoga therapy portion will address different parts of the body each month, and try simple sequences that help support healthy joint and muscle function. The class concludes with simple pranayama practices to steady and strengthen the nervous system, and calm the mind. Friday, July 19th is the next class, 12:30-1:45 pm.
Class ScheduleMysore Classes
Sunday 8 am-11 am
Monday 6 am -12 noon
Tuesday 6 am-12 noon
Wednesday 6 am – 12 noon
Thursday 6 am – 12 noon
Friday 6am – 12 noon
Primary Led Classes
Tuesday 6:30 pm (No evening classes July 15th-August 15th)
Thursday 6:30 pm (No evening classes July 15th-August 15th)
Saturday 10 am
Half Primary Led Classes
On pause till the fall
Monthly/Weekly/DailyAll monthly class packages begin on the 1st or 15th of the month. All packages include any combination of Mysore and Led classes. Unused classes in a package may not be rolled over to the following month or week.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions, or just stop by the studio during any of our class times to see how we are teaching and what the school feels like.
- 12 classes in one month, $210
- Everyday for one month, $260
- Seniors and students may subtract $50 from the monthly fee
- One week (6 days) $90
- Drop-in class $20
- Under 16 years old drop-in class $10
- Private classes at AYNY $130 please contact email@example.com
$50 Introductory WeekWe have heard from some of the people who stop by our school that they can find it intimidating to commit to a month of Ashtanga Yoga without knowing what it is, or how they will be taught. Learning Ashtanga Yoga is actually much easier than it looks, and for that reason, we are now offering to new students an introductory, five-day week of classes for $50. In one week, you will learn the basics of this practice, one-on-one from one of our teachers, and you will get a feel for whether or not this practice is for you. Please expect your first classes to last about 30 minutes.
Special Summer Classes and Summer HolidaysYoga Therapy and pranayama classes: Friday, July 19th; Friday, August 9th, 12:30-1:45
Sharath’s New Book is Now Available (shipping on all new orders will be done after August 23rd – copies are available at AYNY if you are able or would like to pick one up from here)
Evening Led Classes on Tuesday and Thursday will also take a pause from July 15th till August 15th
Lunch time 1/2 Primary now meets every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12:30-1:30 – there will be no 12:30 class this Wednesday, July 24th
(from Eddie )
Sharath’s New Book!Eleana is on vacation till the end of August, so all orders placed from July 23rd until August 23rd will be shipped out only after she returns. If you would like to come by AYNY to pick one up, we have them here! Thank you and have a great summer.
Astanga Yoga Anusthana, the first publication by Sharath and published by his newly formed KPJAYI Education Program, comes an invaluable, slim volume that highlights each of the eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga, gives easy to follow instructions on how to perform all of the asanas of primary series, including breathing and dristhis. The book concludes with supplementary yoga therapy poses, a simple pranayama practice, and several important Sanskrit mantras. $18 + $5 s&h. Multiple copies please contact us at
WorkshopsWorkshops with Eddie Stern, 2013:
Yoga Shala Calgary, Canada April 24th-28th
Ancient Meets Modern, Mahapadma Yoga Temple, NYC, May 8th
Rovaniemi, Lapland May 13th-15th
Ashtanga Yoga Helsinki, Finland, May 18th-23rd
Air Yoga, Zurich, Switzerland June 25th-30th
Ashtanga Yoga Paris, July 6th and 7th
Bhagavad Gita Immersion with Kaustubha Das and Eddie Stern
June 15th & 16th, 12-6 pm $90
All varieties of yoga practice aim at realizing one’s divine essence, but the wide range of teachings can be confusing. This very practical course aims to help equip students to interpret yoga teachings for themselves by gaining an understanding of some of the most fundamental concepts of yoga through the Bhagavad Gita. Subjects to be covered: Karma yoga/ Jnana yoga/ Bhakti yoga/ The relation between the mind, intelligence, ego and self.
Classes will be held at AYNY, Saturday and Sunday afternoon, 12pm-6pm
GurujiSri K. Pattabhi Jois 1915-2009
Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (Guruji) was fond of quoting the Bhagavad Gita, wherein Krishna proclaims that only by its practice in a previous life will an individual come to the practice of Yoga in this life—and come to it as if pulled against his or her own will by a magnet. It was perhaps just such a pull that led Pattabhi Jois in 1927 to a lecture and demonstration of Yoga given at the Jubilee Hall of Hassan, in Karnataka State, South India. Only twelve years old at the time, he watched in wonderment as a strong, graceful Yogi jumped from asana to asana. He understood little of the lecture accompanying the demonstration—and would continue to understand little of the method and philosophy it propounded for quite some time—but he was so taken by what he saw that he felt he had to learn it himself. The next day he woke early and, bravely for a boy so young, made his way to the house where the Yogi was staying to ask him for instruction. The Yogi met him at the door and, on hearing his request, gruffly cross-examined him. Guruji, as he later came to be known, dutifully answered his questions and, in reward, was instructed to return the following day. This he did, marking the beginning of what was to become a twenty-five-year-long course of study with the great Tirumalai Krishnamacharya.
For Guruji though, there was never any question. He taught unstintingly for almost three-quarters of a century, with no thought of fame or pecuniary gain. Although in his later years these have come to him, it has not been from any desire on his part for them. Instead, he was a brilliant example of unwavering dedication. Never advertising himself, but remaining at home, teaching what he himself learned from his Guru, he attracted people from all over the world to the door of his modest school. The impact he had on the world of yoga, and the impact on the thousands of individuals who passed through the doors of his yogashala, is immeasurable. Guruji served as a living example of what it genuinely takes to keep the light of an ancient tradition burning brightly.
Ashtanga Yoga New York – 430 Broome Street #2 - New York, NY – 10013
Om Tat Sat
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