Deepika Mehta's "Beginner Ashtanga" Online Video Workouts on Alo Moves

Beginner Ashtanga

Deepika Mehta

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About the Series

Experience the healing power of the Ashtanga practice. In 1998, Deepika had an intense rock-climbing accident, and was told she might never be able to walk again. It was through the Ashtanga practice that she found her source of healing and hope. In this beginner-oriented series, she shares this ancient yet magical practice to help heal, ground, and center you daily.

This series is intended for those looking to experience the magic of Ashtanga. Previous Ashtanga or yoga experience is not required. Classes are filled with posture breakdowns, alignment cues, and variations to modify poses that may be new or currently inaccessible.

Following the traditional Ashtanga method, the nine classes in this series are designed to build upon each other over time. All students begin with the first 15-minute class and over time, and only when this class is mastered, are the following classes added one at a time to eventually build an hour-long practice. Deepika’s Modified Flow class takes the individual elements of the previous eight classes and threads them together into one beautifully fluid and energizing sequence.

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In 1997, Deepika’s life was forever changed by a near-death rock climbing accident. Doctors told her she would never walk again. Not one to allow obstacles to deter her spirit and enthusiasm for life, Deepika sought alternative approaches and methods of physical and emotional healing including meditation, pranayama, and yoga. She began her yoga journey with Sivananda Yoga, which eventually led her to Ashtanga Yoga and her future guru, K. Pattabhi Jois in 2002.

Since that time, Deepika has traveled around the world studying with various masters such as Richard Freeman, Dena Kingsberg, Prem Carlisi, Lino Miele, and Rolf Naujokat. She is currently learning Ashtanga’s Advanced A Series with Sharath Jois, who is the Director of the Ashtanga Yoga Institute and grandson to late K. Pattabhi Jois.

Deepika lives in Mumbai, India where she teaches regularly. She also travels the world with her husband, Mark Robberds, spreading the magic of Ashtanga to the world.

Total Run Time

Duration
4 hr 38 min
(11 Videos)

Difficulty

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Classes

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    This is a preview of Deepika Mehta's Ashtanga Primary plan.
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    In this video, I share what to expect in this series!
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    In this class, we explore the foundation of the practice: breath, drishti, and bandhas. I believe the method of Ashtanga Yoga is a potent tool of healing and a deep transfo...
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    In this class, you will learn the essence of Vinyasa: the sun salutations. The sun salutations are the first portion of the Vinyasa practice. By repeating sun salutations ...
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    Now that you’ve memorized the sun salutations, we move onto standing poses. These postures help to center and ground. Our legs and feet become the roots, allowing us to bec...
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    In this class, we continue to the next step of the Vinyasa: the seated postures. These poses calm the nervous system and add heat and fire to the body. They also cleanse an...
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    In terms of flexibility and strength, the “gatekeeper” poses in this class are the most challenging in the entire series. They will take a lot of practice, but they are so ...
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    This class contains the final seated postures of the practice. From here on, the poses require less skill because we have passed through the most challenging section of the...
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    Today’s class is all about backbends. This portion of the Ashtanga sequence counters the forward bending from the many seated postures by opening and creating space in the ...
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    This drill-based practice will develop deep core and shoulder strength. It will bring a playful and challenging way to help challenging jump back and jump throughs become m...
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    Although not part of the traditional Ashtanga practice, this has been my daily flexibility sequence to totally relax the body. It can be done daily, whether on rest days or...
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    The poses in this video are the most rejuvenating part of the practice. They help to calm the nervous system and are extremely therapeutic and anti-aging. We will play with...
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    In this class, we will go through the entire Ashtanga Primary series! Everything we have learned up to this point will come together in a beautiful flow that I will modify ...