Mysore style classes are open to all levels. Students practice independently at their own pace. The teacher helps each individual, giving verbal guidance to those just learning the practice and mostly hands-on adjustments to those with an established practice. The sequence is learned progressively over a period of time appropriate to each individual.
Beginners should commit to multiple classes or a monthly pass to initiate the practice with some momentum and ensure the development of a solid foundation. We encourage beginners to take the intro to Ashtanga class on Saturday to get a basic feel for the postures and the foundation of the practice. Beginners can expect to spend between 30 to 45 minutes in the studio at first, with that time gradually increasing as more of the sequence is learned. The practice is designed to last and blossom over an entire lifetime.
Self-guided practice is the way to internalize your awareness and deepen your experience and understanding of yoga. Mysore classes provide a format for the unfolding of dedication, devotion, and discipline with regular practice. Although the practitioner may feel a certain exhilaration after a practice, progress in the practice is measured over a time frame of decades. Changes in one’s internal state are achieved over this time frame through ritual, daily dedication, practice, and letting go.
The start time for Mysore classes is open; as long as you finish your practice by the end time, you may arrive at any time. Introduction to Ashtanga on Saturday can be a good entry to lead you into your daily Mysore practice.
In the Led Full Primary classes, students with some Ashtanga or other vinyasa style experience are verbally guided through the full traditional sequence of postures known as the Primary Series. The class moves at a steady pace. Students develop steadiness of breath, mental focus, and core awareness during the uninterrupted flow of the postures. This class is not appropriate for beginners.
All levels are welcome to the Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga class. This class covers basic principles of the Ashtanga methodology, both physical and philosophical. Approximately 1/3 of the Primary Series of asanas is covered in this class, with detailed posture instruction and hands-on adjustments. It’s a great setting to ask questions about Ashtanga, too.
Pranayama is the practice of using the breath to gain entry into the very essence of both the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems. We practice a slightly shorter version of the Pranayama sequence that was passed down by Pattabhi Jois to Tim Miller. Pranayama teaches us the very essence of breath and breathing which is the foundation of the Ashtanga practice as well as primary nourishment for our daily life and embodied being. Students should always pay close attention to and stay within their limits. All are welcome to try a touch of this practice although it is recommended to have a very grounded long term daily Ashtanga asana practice.
1 drop in class $20
5 drop in classes $85
10 drop in classes $140
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