Classes

Beginner

  • Our beginner's program at AYS is a dynamic combination of experienced teachers who love to teach yoga to beginners. We believe yoga is for everyone. These classes are designed to introduce new students to the basic breathing techniques and postures of classical yoga in a safe supportive way. Our teachers strive to make yoga as accessible as possible to everyone who comes to class. We encourage our new students to pay close attention to the sensations in their bodies as they practice and to use careful judgment about how far they will go into each posture. Our approach involves assessing the posture of each student and while working with classical yoga postures, to customize practice to the extent necessary to ensure a great experience. Our beginners program at AYS is a dynamic combination of experienced teachers who love to teach yoga to beginners. We believe yoga is for everyone. These classes are designed to introduce new students to the basic breathing techniques and postures of classical yoga in a safe supportive way. Our teachers strive to make yoga as accessible as possible to everyone who comes to class. We encourage our new students to pay close attention to the sensations in their bodies as they practice and to use careful judgement abut how far they will go into each posture. Our approach involves assessing the posture of each student and while working with classical yoga postures, to customize practice to the extent necessary to ensure a great experience.   75 Minute Class Check out our New Student Special!    
  • This class is inspired by several movement systems including Feldenkrais, Yoga and Qi Gong in standing, walking and sitting. We look deeply into the nature of movement and observe the healthy traits of normal movements as we retrain our bodies to move through daily life with fluidity and ease. Students are often surprised by the healing possibilities of this approach!  All ages and levels of fitness are welcome.

Intermediate

  • This is the classical Primary Series as taught by Sri BNS Iyengar. Previous yoga experience is recommended for this class. Here we begin to breathe with precision and learn to practice without missing a single breath. Primary Series is the "original recipe" that has directly influenced many other styles of yoga. When a student learns these postures by heart and becomes comfortable with the steady pace of movement and breath, there is a strong foundation and the student is assured of having enough knowledge to practice on their own. Knowing this sequence, and understanding that minor differences in technique occur with every teacher, this class will certainly enable students to participate harmoniously in other Ashtanga classes all over the world. 90 Minute Class  
  • This is a led class introducing the Intermediate postures of Ashtanga Yoga. Variations will be offered for the more difficult poses, and this sequence is taught that can be enjoyed by most practitioners who have some proficiency with Primary series. (being able to do every pose of Primary before starting Intermediate series is not requiresd in our studio) Students who have become comfortable in our Level 2 classes will enjoy participating in this class as it gives variety and fresh material to work with. The intermediate postures often help students to progress in the areas they find most difficult in Primary Series.  90 Minute Class  

Mixed levels

  • Mysore classes are taught without the teacher verbally leading of the group. Each student does his or her practice at their own pace. The teacher will give sequences of postures to work with when needed, observe your practice individually and offer specific instructions to help you take the next steps with your practice. Diagrams of the Ashtanga sequences are available in class for those who need them. The teacher is able to work with students more individually in Mysore class, and students can develop their own breath rhythm. In this class we start building a personal practice. For those who already know the sequences, these classes offer great freedom to move at your own pace while still practicing with a group and getting help with the postures. For students with injuries or medical issues, Mysore classes allow students to cultivate a customized practice, designed to facilitate your personal needs. All levels of students are welcome in these classes! 90 Minute Class
  • This is a mixed level Vinyasa class for anyone practicing in either Levels 1 or 2. These are innovative classes reflecting the distilled approach of our experienced teachers. Sometimes they include music, sometimes they focus on particular areas such as backbends, hip openers, or handstands. These classes are influenced by Ashtanga Yoga, as well as many other forms of yoga and they are taught with a flow approach, always combining breath and movement in a dynamic way. Depending on the group, sequences of postures are given to create a fun, energizing, balanced, safe yoga experience. These classes are suitable for beginners! The class's sequences will offer modifications or challenges to suit everyone in the class. 75 Minute Class
  • Gwen teaches in the traditional format of Yoga Bhajan (the founder of Kundalini Yoga). Her classes always begin with chanting to create a sense of peace and to turn the senses inward. She will then do warm up exercises and move into a Kriya focusing on a particular theme. A Kriya is a certain set of movements in combination with breath work, eye focus, hand mudra, and sometimes a particular sound for a specific effect.  In the winter she likes to focus on immune system Kriyas. Many of these Kriyas are focused on developing intuition and a stable sense of radiant health, and also to become more authentic in ourselves. She finishes with a meditation to complete the experience. Kundalini Yoga can create a great natural high! Gwen is also very happy to help students with instructions for practicing at home. This class is held every Saturday at 4pm. 90 minute class
  • Ashtanga Yoga Studio is proud to bring Ishvara Yoga to Norman Oklahoma! For many years we have been dedicated to bringing high quality, unique yoga to our community from all around the world. Now we have an opportunity to share something really special. Mila is the first person ever to teach Ishvara Yoga in the United States. Ishvara yoga is a very safe and effective form of yoga which was developed in Ukraine by Anatoly Zenchinko. It is safe, approachable, and challenging all at the same time, and the intelligence behind this method of practice can be appreciated by everyone.   With longer hold times and exact positioning of the body, Ishvara yoga is an excellent complement to Ashtanga yoga practices. There is no need to "keep up" and each student is encouraged to work within their boundaries of movement whether they are advanced or a beginner. This style of yoga practice is very useful for working through injuries that the faster approaches to yoga can aggravate. Ishvara Yoga also gives fast results and is very effective for opening the body.  
  • A combination of yoga practices to create health, relaxation, and calm!   This class includes practices for Hatha yoga, but it's Therapy, restorative movements from dance, breathing techniques and mantras. The main focus of the practice is to release tension in the spine and stuck energy throughout our bodies. Mila uses a combination of static postures and dynamic movements help to release the inner stress which concentrates in our bodies. Yoga therapy and dancing movements create strong and flexible spinal muscles. Breathing technics will be used for relaxing and energizing. Create balance and strengthen your immune system! This class unites practices from many traditions all over the world to create a calming, relaxing and rejuvenating experience for all levels of practitioners.       --   www.ashtangayogastudio.com

Meditation

  • Sundays at 9:30am - Zen Meditation is a structured and classical form of meditation as taught by Suzuki Roshi. This is appropriate for anyone who is interested in meditation and willing to sit quietly for an hour in order to explore it. Michael Lee prefers to call it a meditation group rather than a class, and is dedicated to promoting meditation in our community. Everyone is welcome! *This class is offered by donation.  90 Minute Class  
  • Somatics is a field within bodywork and movement studies which emphasizes internal physical perception and experience. Moving into Yoga postures can be very complex. Complex movements are many simple movements in combination. In this unique class we take apart the constituent parts and work on them individually and then put them all back together to create a gentler, safer, more informed and elegant approach to yoga postures for each individual practitioner. The end goal almost always to be able to sit and weather what life brings us.