What to Expect From the Practice
What is Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga?
We teach traditional style Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Ashtanga Yoga was developed by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India, where he taught for more than 65 years. His teacher was Krishnamacharya, the source of most of Yoga that is now popularly taught in the West. Today in Mysore Ashtanga Yoga is taught by Sharath Jois, the grandson of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Our teacher, Jennifer Bustin, is a devoted student of David Robson of the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto, who is a student of Sharath Jois. Jennifer teaches the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Primary Series, known as Yoga Chikitsa which means yoga for purification or cleansing.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a movement-based yoga style. Vinyasa literally means moving, breathing, system. Students repeat the first few poses they learn in the same order until progress is made. Then other poses are added to the practice. The Tristhana, the three places of attention, is central to Ashtanga Yoga. The three places of attention are the strongly sounded Breath, the Asana (the poses), and the Drishti (looking place). With these three points of attention Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice becomes a moving meditation.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is famous for making dramatic changes in students' bodies, but those of us who are committed to the practice keep doing it because it feels good and it grounds us every day.
What is Mysore?
Our classes are run in the traditional Mysore format. Jennifer will design a practice that is an exact fit for you and carefully guide you through each class adding new poses as you develop.
What to Expect at Your First Class
At your first class you will be taught one-on-one how to get the most out of this practice. You will be asked about any injuries or other difficulties you might have, and you will be taught how to practice safely and effectively. Bring your own mat if you have one, or use one of ours. Wear comfortable clothes. We are looking forward to meeting you!
Introductory Classes $15
drop in classes $15/class
or $120 for 10 classes
King Edward Park 8008-81 St.
Introductory Yoga class 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Regular Yoga class 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Unitarian Church of Edmonton 10804-119 St.
Introductory Yoga class 9:00am - 10:00am
Regular Yoga class 9:00am - 10:30am
Jennifer gives all newcomers individual attention in her classes and helps them achieve a marked improvement in their physical and mental well being. Safety and gradual improvement for everyone regardless of previous injuries or current fitness level are her guiding principles as an instructor.
Jennifer was drawn to martial arts and yoga after many years of chronic pain following a car accident in 1985. After years of training in the Iyengar style of yoga she began studying and practicing Ashtanga, attracted to the consistent practice directions and its seamless blend of breath and movement.
Jennifer heads the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga program and has been certified by the Yoga Association of Alberta (YAA) as an instructor since 2007. She is also certified by the Yoga Alliance of Canada and has a certification in prenatal yoga. In addition to her instructor qualifications Jen has also studied anatomy, meditation, and Sanskrit to augment her physical and cultural teaching ability.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
"I’ve come to trust the healing and cleansing power of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. After many years of chronic pain, this practice has given me strength and confidence. As Patabhi Jois said, ‘Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga makes the impossible possible, and the possible easy.’"
- Jennifer Bustin, Yoga Association of Alberta certified Yoga teacher