How do I get started learning Ashtanga Yoga?
As a new student, you have several options. If you have never done any yoga before, we suggest starting with our six-week Beginner’s Course. During the course, you’ll learn the fundamentals of the primary components of a yoga practice: postures, proper breathing, concentration techniques, and the all important deep relaxation practices.
After you have completed the Beginner’s Course, you can either move on to the Wednesday night or Sunday morning Beginner’s Led, or start attending the morning Mysore practice.
If, for any reason, you are not able to attend the evening classes, you can jump right into the Mysore practice, which is explained below.
What is a Mysore class?
We believe that yoga restores us to wholeness, reminding us that the mind and body are one entity, though modern life seems to divide them. This reconnection and alignment of goals, desires, well-being, awareness and presence is unique to the individual, which is why our teaching is entirely customized to your needs.
What does this mean?
Simply put, weekday practices are not group led classes. Instead, each student enters sometime between 6AM and 11AM. Teachers walk the room, giving customized poses and instruction. Everyone is at a different stage of their practice and does not practice in unison with one another. The room itself creates a unity through the recognition that everyone starts at a different place, and that is where they are met. Beginner or advanced are only notions of a binary world.
On your first few days, it’s best to arrive at 6:30, 8, 9 or 10AM. You may feel a little uncomfortable, intimidated or overwhelmed your first day, but understand that’s completely normal. With regular attendance, you’ll soon look forward to the energy and focus of the room.
After unrolling your mat, we’ll talk through any physical issues or injuries and begin by teaching you the first set of poses. Unlike a “regular” class, we’ll move you along at your own pace. We’ll never force you into a pose you’re not ready for, and each day you come, we’ll continue to methodically build on the previous day’s work. Over time, the goal is for you to develop an independent practice that you can even do by yourself at home.
You can expect to practice for 20-25 minutes on your first day, with sessions increasing up to one hour as you progress. We recommend students practice at least three times a week.