Practice Makes Permanent

Ashtanga has a reputation for being a strong and vigorous form of Hatha Yoga, which can be intimidating to newcomers. Although it's true that Ashtanga Yoga can be physically demanding, it is supposed to be taught gradually and can be easily adapted for all levels of students. This 12-week programme is perfectly suited for beginners who want to slowly build a daily yoga practice that will last a lifetime. Starting with the basics You will learn a new section of the Primary Series each week. You will repeat each section for six days, then expand on what you've learned the following week. The Primary Series is challenging, so you are encouraged to continue repeating a segment until you feel ready to progress. No matter your pace, by the end of the course you will have learned what is known as 'Half Primary Series', which will give you solid foundation for attending Mysore Style Ashtanga classes and continuing you practice at home.

  • Learn Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Step-by-Step

  • New Posture Tutorials Added Every Week

  • 12-weeks Guided Daily Practice

  • Systematically explore the basics of posture, breath, and movement

  • Develop a yoga practice that is appropriate for, and takes into consideration, your individual needs (i.e. your age, health, fitness, level of concentration, physical ability etc.)

  • Perfect for complete beginners, rusty practitioners or current students wanting to transition into Mysore-style Ashtanga Yoga classes

About Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is characterised by its focus on vinyasa (synchronised breath and movement), that creates a constant flow between the more static, traditional yoga postures. It is a dynamic system that emphasises the connection between breath and movement through a series of postures specifically designed to balance strength and flexibility, whilst simultaneously focusing and calming the mind. In the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga method, asanas (postures) are performed in a specific order, which has the effect of ‘unlocking’ the body in an intelligent and progressive way, each pose preparing the body for ones to come. Each Ashtanga student begins by practicing the Primary Series, progressing through this therapeutic sequence of asanas (poses) one-by-one. Traditionally Ashtanga Yoga is taught in a Mysore-style environment, where each student practices the sequence according to their own individual capacity. Practice is based upon each person’s physical ability, so it accommodates all levels. Beginner students will likely have a much shorter practice than more experienced ones, and then slowly, when the teacher sees that the student is ready, additional poses are added to the routine, building stamina, strength, flexibility and concentration but without overexertion or risk of injury. Over time as the breath and mind become strong the practice becomes a meditation in motion.

Your Teacher

Senior Teacher

Chris Croft

Chris has taught yoga since 2005, is a published author and a pioneer in the field of emotional and physiological behaviour (through his ground breaking work with The Enneagram). His unique approach to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga blends over 18 years of daily yoga practice and self-study, with a deep understanding of the complexity of human personality patterns. This powerful synthesis awakens a truly inclusive approach, which embraces the differing individual needs of each student who comes to practice. By adapting the entry point to the practice, highlighting key subtle internal alignment principles and encouraging a profound intimacy with the inner breath, Chris brings yoga to life with humour and insight. Richard Freeman, and the late Michael Stone, remain Chris’s primary teachers.

About Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is characterised by its focus on vinyasa (synchronised breath and movement), that creates a constant flow between the more static, traditional yoga postures. It is a dynamic system that emphasises the connection between breath and movement through a series of postures specifically designed to balance strength and flexibility, whilst simultaneously focusing and calming the mind. In the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga method, asanas (postures) are performed in a specific order, which has the effect of ‘unlocking’ the body in an intelligent and progressive way, each pose preparing the body for ones to come. Each Ashtanga student begins by practicing the Primary Series, progressing through this therapeutic sequence of asanas (poses) one-by-one. Traditionally Ashtanga Yoga is taught in a Mysore-style environment, where each student practices the sequence according to their own individual capacity. Practice is based upon each person’s physical ability, so it accommodates all levels. Beginner students will likely have a much shorter practice than more experienced ones, and then slowly, when the teacher sees that the student is ready, additional poses are added to the routine, building stamina, strength, flexibility and concentration but without overexertion or risk of injury. Over time as the breath and mind become strong the practice becomes a meditation in motion.

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Full Programme Details:

Ashtanga 101 is our 12-week Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga and Self-Practice. This special course is specifically designed to introduce Primary Series pose-by-pose and provide the necessary support whilst you build a sustainable self-practice, both at home and at our studio. Join Chris for this special 12-week intensive and receive:

  • On-Demand Unlimited Access ~ START ANYTIME!

  • 12-weeks of step-by-step expert yoga tuition.

  • UNLIMITED LIFETIME ACCESS.

Who is This Course For?

  • Perfect for complete beginners, rusty practitioners or current students wanting to transition into Mysore-style Ashtanga Yoga classes

Course Content:

  • 1

    Foundations Practices

    • LEARN: Ujjayi Pranayama (40mins)

  • 2

    Week 1 ~ Surya Namaskara

    • LEARN: Surya Namaskara (70mins)

    • BUILD: Surya Namaskara (70mins)

    • REPEAT: Surya Namaskara (70mins)

    • PRACTICE: Surya Namaskara (30mins)

    • DEVELOP: Surya Namaskara (30mins)

    • REFINE: Surya Namaskara (30mins)

  • 3

    Week 2 ~ Foundation Poses

    • LEARN: Foundation Poses (50mins)

    • BUILD: Foundation Poses (50mins)

    • PRACTICE: Foundation Poses (40mins)

    • REPEAT: Foundation Poses (40mins)

    • DEVELOP: Foundation Poses (40mins)

    • REFINE: Foundation Poses (40mins)

  • 4

    Week 3 ~ Standing Poses

    • LEARN: Standing Poses (50mins)

    • BUILD: Standing Poses (50mins)

    • PRACTICE: Standing Poses (50mins)

    • REPEAT: Standing Poses (50mins)

    • DEVELOP: Standing Poses (50mins)

    • REFINE: Standing Poses (50mins)

  • 5

    Week 4 ~ Balance Poses

    • LEARN: Balance Poses (45mins)

    • BUILD: Balance Poses (45mins)

    • PRACTICE: Balance Poses (55mins)

    • REPEAT: Balance Poses (55mins)

    • DEVELOP: Balance Poses (55mins)

    • REFINE: Balance Poses (55mins)

  • 6

    Week 5 ~ Warrior Poses

    • LEARN: Warrior Poses

    • BUILD: Warrior Poses

    • PRACTICE: Warrior Poses (60mins)

    • REPEAT: Warrior Poses (60mins)

    • DEVELOP: Warrior Poses (60mins)

    • REFINE: Warrior Poses (60mins)

  • 7

    Week 6 ~ Seated Forward Bends

    • LEARN: Seated Forward Bends

    • BUILD: Seated Forward Bends

    • PRACTICE: Seated Forward Bends (65mins)

    • REPEAT: Seated Forward Bends (65mins)

    • DEVELOP: Seated Forward Bends (65mins)

    • REFINE: Seated Forward Bends (65mins)

  • 8

    Week 7 ~ Hip Openers

    • LEARN: Hip Openers

    • BUILD: Hip Openers

    • PRACTICE: Hip Openers (70mins)

    • REPEAT: Hip Openers (70mins)

    • DEVELOP: Hip Openers (70mins)

    • REFINE: Hip Openers (70mins)

  • 9

    Week 8 ~ External Hip Openers

    • LEARN: External Hip Openers

    • BUILD: External Hip Openers

    • REPEAT: External Hip Openers (75mins)

    • PRACTICE: External Hip Openers (75mins)

    • DEVELOP: External Hip Openers (75mins)

    • REFINE: External Hip Openers (75mins)

  • 10

    Week 9 ~ Internal Hip Openers & Twists

    • LEARN: Internal Hip Openers & Twists

    • BUILD: Internal Hip Openers & Twists

    • PRACTICE: Internal Hip Openers & Twists (85mins)

    • REPEAT: Internal Hip Openers & Twists (85mins)

    • DEVELOP: Internal Hip Openers & Twists (85mins)

    • REFINE: Internal Hip Openers & Twists (85mins)

  • 11

    Week 10 ~ Half Primary Series

    • LEARN: Half Primary Series

    • BUILD: Half Primary Series

    • PRACTICE: Half Primary Series (90mins)

    • REPEAT: Half Primary Series (90mins)

    • DEVELOP: Half Primary Series (90mins)

    • REFINE:Half Primary Series (90mins)

  • 12

    Week 11 ~ Backbends & Inversions

    • LEARN: Backbends & Inversions

    • BUILD: Backbends & Inversions

    • REPEAT: Backbends & Inversions

    • PRACTICE: Backbends & Inversions

    • DEVELOP: Backbends & Inversions

    • REFINE: Backbends & Inversions

  • 13

    Week 12 ~ Finishing Poses

    • LEARN: Finishing Poses

    • BUILD: Finishing Poses

    • REPEAT: Finishing Poses

    • PRACTICE: Finishing Poses

    • DEVELOP: Finishing Poses

    • REFINE: Finishing Poses

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