Ashtanga classes run every morning from Sunday to Friday (apart from on days when there is a new moon or a full moon. Please check our Facebook page for Moon Days) and every evening from Saturday to Thursday.
Depending on the time you wish to practice, classes are either Mysore Style or Led Classes.
Ashtanga Mysore Style
This is the traditional method of learning the Ashtanga yoga system and is the way that Sri K. Pattabhi Jois taught in Mysore—hence the name “Mysore style,” which is often used to describe this type of class. In a self-practice class each student works at their own pace with assistance and adjustment from the teacher as and when necessary—almost like a private lesson in a class situation. The Ashtanga series are learnt and committed to memory posture by posture, with new postures being added as and when the student is ready, so that most of the time the student works without being “guided” by a teacher. Self-practice classes, therefore, always have students of mixed abilities working side by side and complete beginners are welcome.
There are no specific start times for classes. You can show up when it suits you. As long as you leave enough time to finish your full practice, you can come to Mysore class at any point. You don’t need to worry about rushing from work or home to get to class on time anymore. When first starting to learn the Ashtanga yoga system you will probably need to allow about 45 minutes for a class, building up to about an hour and a half to two hours once a full series of postures is being practiced.
All levels welcome. No prior experience necessary. However, we request that new students without a regular Ashtanga practice (having the primary or part of the primary series memorized) or complete beginners to commit at least one month at a minimum of three times per week. If this is not possible due to time constraints, please try the Half Primary Led classes.
Full Primary Led
This is a led class that follows the traditional Sanskrit count through the entire Ashtanga Primary Series. For experienced practitioners only. Please allow 90 minutes.
Half Primary Led
This class is suitable for you if it is your first time trying Ashtanga (or a complete beginner in yoga) and if you’re not sure what class to attend. It is a balanced mix between physical exercise and a tranquil state of mind. Based on traditional Ashtanga Yoga, this class emphasizes technique, tradition, alignment and inspiration. You will learn yoga postures in a flowing sequence of movement and experience new potentials of strength and flexibility. No previous yoga experience is required. If you're new to yoga and think you're not strong or flexible enough to practice, you should start here. Please allow 60 minutes.
- Please respect and follow the traditional Ashtanga method as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Please do not add, skip or in other ways deviate from the traditional Ashtanga sequence of yoga asanas unless acknowledged or requested by your teacher. If you do not know the sequence or if following the traditional method is not possible for you, either talk to your teacher or request guidance.
- Please stay on your own mat and refrain from assisting other practitioners.
- Stick to the series you are working on and the postures you have been given and refrain from mixing postures and sequences from other styles.
- Refrain from eating for a minimum of 2 to 3 hours before practicing. Drink plenty of water after your practice.
- Please turn your phone off or to silent and try not to be tempted to look at it during your practice.
- It is nice to be sociable with fellow yogis, but please be respectful of those practicing—keep chat quiet.
- Please inform the teacher of any injuries, operations, pregnancy or such-like.
- Please do not wear any perfume, cologne, after shave, essential oils, or scented antiperspirant, shampoos, or conditioners. Just like natural body odors, these artificial odors will be intensified by the heat of the practice. Some students who come to the studio are very sensitive to chemicals. Please help them. This includes all “natural” or “organic” scents as well.
- Plan to sweat. Bring a sufficiently sized, clean and dry towel each day.
- Personal hygiene is an integral part of practicing yoga. Please ensure that you and your gear are clean. It is traditional to bathe before and after class.
- All props are to be returned to their original places arranged with proper attention and neatness.
- If you are using the mats provided by the studio, please wipe them down and leave them out open to dry after using them.
- A changing area and shower are available. If you want to use the shower you will need to bring your own towel and toiletries. Please help keep these areas clean and orderly.