We are rooted in a methodology—one that we learned from our teacher Sri Pattabhi Jois—This method allows the time and space to perfect one posture before being introduced to the next. We will slowly introduce you to new postures within the series, one by one, at a pace that is most appropriate to your needs and fitness level. This careful guidance will help you to cultivate confidence in what you know, giving you time to gain the physical strength and flexibility made possible through consistent and committed practice. The Mysore-style method also allows you to rely less on outside feedback and to ultimately become your own best teacher.
Ashtanga Yoga is traditionally taught as a daily practice. Although we honor that not everyone can make this commitment we do want to give you a fair sense of the tradition and we realize that this is hard to do by just dropping into class one time. For this reason we ask all beginners, those new to Mysore-Style Ashtanga Yoga, to commit for one month, at a a significantly reduced rate. This will allow new students to learn the foundations of the practice, slowly and methodically, in way that most suits their unique capabilities, as well as give us, as teachers, a chance to get to know you so we can offer optimal support.
What You Can Expect on Your First Day
On your first visit, you will be taught the foundations of Mysore Practice. When you first arrive, you will be asked to sit and observe the room for 10 minutes. This is intended to help you settle into the space, give you a sense of how the class works and to give you some time to observe how the teacher works with the students. Next, you will be taught the traditional breathing technique that is practiced in Ashtanga Yoga, called Ujjayi Pranayama. Once you are comfortable with the breath you will work one on one with the teacher and be lead through the traditional sun salutations, Surya Namaskara A and B, that begin the Ashtanga practice.
On your first day, we emphasize a grounding into these basics, which are critical because they form the foundation for all subsequent experiences within the Ashtanga system.
Beginners Are Welcome
It is not uncommon to hear new students say that the first time they came to an Ashtanga class they were intimidated. One thing that makes a Mysore room unusual is that the class is filled with practitioners of all levels, beginner to adavced. Practitioners of all levels practice side-by-side with one another, making it a unique environment for learning. However, competition and comparison is de-emphasized by the fact that everyone moves at their own pace and is focused entirely on their own experience.