A general introduction to ashtanga yoga, geared specifically towards Mysore self practice. It is aimed at complete beginners to ashtanga as well as students who have experience of led classes but would like to transition to self practice. Many people feel intimidated by the idea of mysore self practice classes – they may worry that they won’t remember anything or that the class is just for advanced students and they won’t be good enough. But there is no need to worry! Mysore classes are mixed level classes suitable for beginners right through to advanced students.
WHAT’S COVERED IN THE WORKSHOP?:
Some background information on the ashtanga system (its origins, its history, its intended purpose) to put what you’re doing into context.
An overview of the ashtanga sequence, explaining how it works, and how it is designed to be learnt.
Fundamental techniques and principles used throughout the ashtanga sequence (breath, bandhas drishti, vinyasa) –so you understand what exactly it is you’re trying to do!
A look at the traditional opening and closing chants
A thorough breakdown of the sun salutations and finishing postures so you have the essentials to practice and build on.
A detailed explanation of what happens in a mysore class, what to expect and a chance to experience it in an abridged class.
Herbal tea break with Q&A
By the end of the workshop you should feel fully confident to come along and give mysore classes a go!!
Mysore-style is the traditional way to learn Ashtanga Yoga. ( As taught in Mysore, India, where the practice originated)
Mysore classes allow for the students to develop their own self practice, learning and memorising the sequence bit by bit, at a pace and level suitable for them. The teacher will observe the students and keep an eye on their progress, giving them individual instruction and encouragement, as well as physical and verbal adjustments. The teacher will also ‘give’ the students new postures to work on as and when they are ready.
This method allows for practitioners of diverse levels and experience to be in the same class together, with each individual deeply focused on their own practice. It is the safest and most effective method of learning ashtanga yoga.