At OhmSantih Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga Singapore courses are offered in 3 levels – Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Generally, each of these classes consists of a cleansing exercise (kriya), a breathing exercise (pranayama), postures workout (asana) and lastly, a relaxation exercise (savasana) – all in a sequential manner.
For the beginner course, the main learning outcomes are the primary series standing postures and simple backbends with the help of a support. These postures will be taught with the focus of Ujjayi breath and alignments, therefore allowing the students to be fully aware of the importance of breath control. Core muscles strengthening exercises will also be incorporated into the classes.
For the intermediate course, the main learning outcomes are the sitting postures and the finishing sequence (include shoulder-stands and head-stands) of the primary series and backbends without the support. Students will master the art of Ujjayi breath and refinement of this breath with each movement of the asana, which is also known as vinyasa (a flow). Similarly, more core exercises will be included in each class to prepare the students for the advanced course.
For the advanced course, the main learning outcomes are the arm balancing and headstands postures of the primary series. Advanced backbends will also be taught with the help of a support. Towards the end of this course, students will practice the entire primary sequence taught back in the beginner course and strive to perform each postures with the refinement of breath and movement and the correct postural alignments.