Michelle Haymoz has been a dedicated ASHTANGA YOGA student of Tim Miller for years and offers in-depth instruction of the traditional Ashtanga Yoga Series (Primary, Intermediate, and Mysore Style) as well as Ashtanga-based improvisation classes, instruction in modifying sequences according to the level of each practitioner. Her classes further incorporate Pranayama (breathing sequences), exercises to cultivate awareness and strength of body and mind, guided meditation and chanting.
ASHTANGA YOGA taught according to Sri K. Patthabi Jois is a physically demanding yoga practice where the movement is synchronized with deep and calm breathing. Each of the 62 poses in the Primary Series is logically built upon each other, preparing and opening the body and mind for the next pose in the series – one of the most intelligent and wholesome practice systems.
The continuous practice of Ashtanga yoga purifies, strengthens and beautifully shapes the body, calms the mind, cultivates a strong and confident self, and enhances the overall well-being. The continuous flow of movements with synchronized Ujjayi breathing, correctly pointed Drishti (gaze), engaging the Bandhas (physical power centers/locks, i.e. Mula = root/pelvic floor, Uddiyana = below the navel, Jalandhara = throat), integrity in alignment, discipline, stamina and grace in moving through the postures of the series are keys to the benefits of the Ashtanga Yoga practice.