Ashtanga Flow with Michelle Hackett is the perfect combination of Ashtanga and vinyasa. Warm-up with the traditional Series A and Series B and follow up with several variations of standing poses to warm up the entire body. This class is a well-rounded sampling of every group of postures, emphasizing both forward bends and backbends. The body will feel open, balanced, strong and energized. This class is a great introduction to Ashtanga Yoga as well as a great class to practice daily to get exactly what you need for the mind and body.
Ashtanga Yoga is a system of yoga developed by world-renowned teacher Sri K Patthabhi Jois. It is comprised of six set sequences, each sequence progressively more challenging than the one before it. There is a strong emphasis on an unwavering attention to the breath, bandhas (energy locks), and drishti (gazing point). The first series is the most commonly practiced series of Ashtanga Yoga. Michelle Hackett teaches Ashtanga Flow at Buddhi Yoga in La Jolla. Ashtanga Flow is an improvisational variation on the first series. While the warm-up may be similar to the traditional first series, Michelle focuses on different things in each of her classes. Her classes at Buddhi Yoga are shorter than the traditional series and have a more focused approach. She is very good at accommodating for different levels, offering both modifications and fun variations on a wide variety of postures. Practice more challenging, unique and advanced postures than in most vinyasa yoga classes.
Michelle Hackett has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga since 2003 with her teachers Natasha Teran and Tim Miller. She began teaching immediately after her First Series Teacher Training with Tim Miller at the Astanga Yoga Center in Encinitas, CA. Michelle says, "it has been an amazing journey so far, happy and thankful that yoga never ends and continues to change and grow inside of me."