Ashtanga Yoga is a system of yoga taught by the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. Ashtanga Yoga has two practice methods, "Mysore-style" for individual instruction and "led class" for groups. The optimal way to learn this system – and the most suitable for beginners – is the traditional Mysore class. Each student practices their given sequence at their own pace with personal guidance, including hands-on adjustments, from the teacher.
You don't need any yoga experience to begin Mysore practice. Step by step you learn the Primary Series, a dynamic flowing sequence of asanas (postures) incorporating ujjayi (a breathing technique), bandhas (internal "locks"), driste (gazing point) and vinyasa (breath-synchronized movement). All of these tools combined create heat in the body, improve flexibility, develop strength, build stamina and focus the mind.
"Flexible start time" means you are free to start any time, so long as you finish by the end time. Expect to practice around 75 minutes in the beginning. You are welcome to observe the classes before trying them. The principal teacher Cathy Louise
has over 20 years of Ashtanga experience. The other teachers are Glen
. For more information on Ashtanga click here