Where to Begin
Would you like to study Ashtanga with us? Our doors are open to you, and we would be pleased to teach you Ashtanga from the very beginning. We understand how daunting the Ashtanga practice can appear from the outside, but we can ensure you an easeful, gentle and enriching experience. Our purpose is not to contort your body into impossible shapes, but to empower you to rediscover your body, and open new spaces in your mind, with this unique contemplative form.
There are no requirements of physical ability. We can adapt the practice to anyone who wants to learn. Whatever your situation, we can teach you Ashtanga Vinyasa, and we can continue to guide you as your practice evolves.
There are two ways to start.
- Come to class. Come to Mysore or Level I and we will begin teaching you the Ashtanga method. There is nothing you need to know in advance. We will take care of you.
- Take an Intro course. We offer two intro courses to support your learning process. These run on alternate months and can be taken successively. Intro to Yoga covers the basics of breath, gaze and postural form. Intro to Mysore adds bandha, mudra and some foundational philosophy while helping you develop a Mysore practice of your own.
If you are a beginner, our Intro courses will be of immense benefit. They will give you a solid foundation upon which to build. However, they are not required. If there is no space in an upcoming course, or if the courses do not work with your schedule, you can come directly to Mysore or Level I.
What To Expect
In Mysore, expect your learning process to be simple and relaxed. Our method is to ease you into the practice, while allowing your body time to adapt. On your first day, we show you a sequence called Sun Salutations and you practice that sequence on your own, following the cadence of your breath. You practice this sequence as much you like, then you take rest. When you return, you repeat the sequence that we showed you, and if you are comfortable with what you have learned, we show you more. In this way, your practice slowly builds, without the effort of memorization. Soon you find yourself practicing long sequences in an organic and spontaneous flow.
In Level I, we take a more didactic approach. We guide you through short sequences selected creatively from the Ashtanga system to illumine different dimensions of the form, and we annotate the sequences with copious explanations. We break the postures into various component parts so you can experience them with analytic clarity, while giving you precise instruction on breath, alignment, and gazing point. Our levels classes make an excellent supplement to Mysore. When you embody what you learn in these classes, you will practice more intelligently, more safely, and with refined awareness of the internal forms.