This is a guided class through the entire primary series of Ashtanga Yoga. The teacher counts the traditional vinyasa in Sanskrit as taught in the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India. The purpose of the class is to learn and maintain the correct order of the asanas and correct vinyasa – how to synchronise breathing and movement. Furthermore, surrendering to the teacher’s count and pacing is an opportunity to increase one’s internal and external strength, stamina and concentration. Over time and with consistent practice, the student will be able to do the entire primary series in an uninterrupted, rhythmic, and meditative flow.
Practical information about this class:
- This class progresses continuously through the primary series at a pace that is meant to be challenging, but not overwhelming. The emphasis is on smooth flow and breathing, and there is not much detailed explanation during the class.
- This class is open to all levels, but is not an introductory class. If you are new to Ashtanga Yoga and don’t mind a challenge, you are welcome to come and try to follow the flow of the class. However, the offered beginner’s classes and introduction workshops, Mysore-style class and led 1/2-primary series classes are a a better environment for developing foundations for the practice.
- As taught in Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India, the student gradually increases the number of poses they practice. The extent of their practice being the same in a Mysore-style class as in a led class. This means that new students may practice for only 20 minutes or less in their first few classes. This is quite different from many other styles of yoga.
- Even more experienced students may be asked to stop before completing the full primary sequence. If this happens, please don’t take this as a negative judgement of yourself or your practice. We ask that you kindly respect the teacher’s judgement and follow the instructions given. Our goal is to let you practice to your full the potential without risking your well being.
- Students who not complete the full sequence are welcome to watch the remainder of the class at the back of the room. If you are close to completing the series you may wait on your mat and rejoin the sequence for back bending and finishing poses.
- It is best to practice on an empty stomach, we recommend to avoid eating for at least 4 hours before class. It is OK to drink water up to 30 minutes before the practice.
- It’s useful to bring a small towel with you. We generally don’t use blocks, straps or other props. If you sweat a lot, it’s good to have a cotton rug to put on top of your mat.
- Please arrive a few minutes early so that everyone can be ready to start on time.
- If you are coming for the first time, please introduce yourself to the teacher and mention your current yoga practice, and any injuries or health issues.