1 Hour Ashtanga Yoga (intro class) | Fightmaster Yoga Videos


1 Hour Ashtanga Yoga (intro class) – Yoga with Lesley Fightmaster I had many requests for this class. Thank you to Dimple Patel, Heidi James, Emma-Lee Durrant, Anusha Yadav and Ree Lestaree. 🙂

Here is the opening chant:
Vande Gurunam Charanaravinde
Sandarshita Svatma Sukava Bodhe
Nih Sreyase Jangalikayamane
Samsara Halahala Mohashantyai

Abahu Purushakaram
Shankhacakrsi Dharinam
Sahasra Sirasam Svetam
Pranamami Patanjalim



I bow to the lotus feet of the Supreme Guru
which awaken insight into the happiness of pure Being,
which are the refuge, the jungle physician,
which eliminate the delusion caused by the poisonous herb of Samsara (conditioned existence).

I prostrate before the sage Patanjali
who has thousands of radiant, white heads (as the divine serpent, Ananta)
and who has, as far as his arms, assumed the form of a man
holding a conch shell (divine sound), a wheel (discus of light or infinite time) and a sword (discrimination).


I hope you enjoy this practice! As always, listen to your body…it speaks to you in sensations. Your practice is your teacher. Stop if you experience pain and push the pause button to rest. Thank you for your loving support and donations! xoxoxoxo, Lesley
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Ashtanga Yoga one hour intro class.

This class was requested by several people including Dimple Patel, Heidi James, Emma-Lee Durrant, Anusha Yadav, and Ree Lestaree. Thank you so much for requesting this class.

This sequence includes about 2/3’s of the full primary series of Ashtanga. Even though it is considered an intro class, this class is still challenging and beginners may want to start with a beginner sequence first.

If you have some experience with yoga, this is a wonderful class. There isn’t much alignment instruction in the traditional Ashtanga tradition. If you are interested in making sure your alignment is correct, please visit some tutorials or other classes that focus on poses you’re interested in learning more in depth.

This practice is focused on linking breath with movement. As my teacher Diana Christianson says, “every movement has a breath” and, “this is a breath practice.” She learned to teach this method directly from the creator of this practice, Shri K. Pattahbi Jois (July 26, 1915 – May 18, 2009). Diana studied with Guruji at the Ashtanga Yoga School in Mysore.

For more information about this practice, I recommend reading “Yoga Mala: The Original Teachings of Ashtanga Yoga Master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois” Thank you so much for watching and sharing these videos! We really appreciate all of your support. Namaste and lots of love, Lesley

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  1. Thanks for the video. Actually I think it is a good flow except that there are too much Non English Terms (I guess they are Indian) when explaining the flow. There are already lots to explain in English and those non English terms making the description a bit too overwhelming and sometimes couldn’t hear the English instructions. I accept there are non English terms for some posts but I don’t think we need to know the non English terms of “exhale to extend”….

  2. Absolute Love. It's been almost 2 years since this video changed my life, and 2 years in which my life has changed in so many ways, and it is only the beginning. Yet, when I come back to it, it is the form of yoga that leaves me feeling the best of all, the best sensation of wholeness, completeness, as if all that I needed was here, in this practice. Both my body, and my mind, who is washed out. Thank you Lesley for the best yoga class ever.

  3. I know this video is old but I wanted to say thank you Lesley, I’ve been practicing for a while but am new to Ashtanga and it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for.

  4. I've followed this class 5 times over two weeks & tonight I got my heels to the floor during downward dog 🙌 Thank you so much for posting this. I'll be watching it daily ♥️

  5. Just completed your class. You are amazing! And make some of those moves look so easy! I'm starting my 200-hr Ashtanga Yoga teacher training next week, will be using your videos for my daily home practice! Peace, love & light x

  6. It's high time you modern day self proclaimed "ashtangis" understand that Pattabhi Jois need not be given any credit to anything called "traditional ashtanga yoga". What you're practising now is nothing but a lot of postures invented just bout 60-70 yrs ago by Krishnamacharya who was influenced mainly by Indian martial artists and British gymnasts. None of the books on traditional yoga have these so called gymnastics listed there. Even the Yoga Korunta which Pattabhi Jois claimed he studied from does not have all these contortions on the mat.
    So if you really wanna continue practising this what you call "Ashtanga yoga" you may but Krishnamacharya is to be given credits for the postures not Pattabhi Jois.

  7. I have been doing your video's every morning for the past week and absolutely love it. It took me a while to find a person who had the right voice! Not to slow and boring and not to hyper! Keep up the good work. Thank you.

  8. This class is perfectly fine as a general overview of Ashtanga, but it is NOT a good starting point for people who need an "intro" to practicing Ashtanga.This is a really, really, REALLY advanced introduction class. I was pretty unprepared for just how advanced it would be and unfortunately ended up hurting myself (crushed my knee on the floor when I tried leaping back for the hundredth time) towards the end; my fault for not listening to my body and pushing myself to keep going when I should have called it a day. It quickly became apparent to me as I laid on the floor clutching my agonized appendage, however, that "intro" in this case is NOT synonymous with "easy" or "beginner."

  9. Thank you very much! it is perfect because it gives variations! Some poses I am more flexible than others. I haven't done yoga in years, but this last year my mind has become more open and I find I could do poses now that I couldn't before and I am definitely not stronger physically. I want to practice everyday but with my kids going to a studio is challenging. I will do this series until I know it by heart :-9


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