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Beginners Introductory Workshop
If you are completely new to Yoga then this workshop is the ideal way to start your Ashtanga Yoga practice. Even if you have some previous Yoga experience but are new to Ashtanga, then this is also recommended. An Introductory course (2 hours on Saturday from 12:30. For full course details and dates, please click here) will provide you with a thorough introduction to Yoga, including its origins and aims, as well as covering the basic principles of the Ashtanga practice in detail, providing you with a clear foundation for developing a strong and safe personal practice. Attending this course will make it possible for you to subsequently attend either Mysore or Guided classes. As class size will be limited students should register as soon as possible for Beginners Introductory Workshops.
Mysore Style Classes
What is a Mysore style class? Named after the city of Mysore in South India, which was where Sri K. Pattabhi Jois taught Ashtanga Yoga from 1937 till his death in 2009 at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute, Mysore style simply means that we teach in the way that our teacher taught, whereby every student is taught on a one-to-one basis within a group class. At Mysore Classes beginners and experienced practitioners can practise alongside one another, but each at her/his own level. Every student receives individual guidance and assistance, ensuring that each person learns to practice Ashtanga Yoga in the way that is appropriate to their level of fitness and experience.
This is the traditional way in which Ashtanga Yoga is taught. Students learn the correct sequence of postures of Ashtanga Yoga, each according to their own specific needs and capacity. This helps them to develop good practice habits and to get the maximum benefit from their Yoga practice. All students should try to attend Mysore classes regularly, and then combine them with occasional Guided Classes as well.
These are classes in which the teacher leads the students through the practice as a group, counting the correct vinyasa system of Ashtanga yoga. There are three levels, Guided 1, 2 and 3 (see below). Guided 2 is a little longer than Guided 1 and requires a little more stamina and should ideally be built up to, though it is possible to attend it even if you are a Beginner, and we will ensure that you do only as much as is appropriate for you. Both levels will give you a feeling for the rhythm and pace of practice you should try and develop and will help you to follow the correct vinyasa system of Ashtanga yoga. They also will also help you become stronger and will improve your concentration. Guided 3 takes place on a Friday morning at 6am. (Please note that this class does not take place on a full or new moon). This class is a full primary series counted class and is not suitable for complete beginners. These classes should ideally be attended in addition to Mysore style classes to ensure that students develop the best possible practice. Any modifications that you learn in Mysore Style should be applied in Guided classes also. Beginners should first attend Level 1 if possible.
Guided 1: Mon & Wed 19:00 – 20:30: to beginning of seated sequence – suitable for all including Beginners (60 mins approx for Beginners).
Guided 2: Saturdays 10:30 – 12:00: Full primary series – suitable for all but Beginners will stop early in the sequence (60 mins approx for Beginners).
Guided 3: Fridays 06:00: 90 mins approx, Full primary series – not suitable for complete Beginners.
(Approx 15-30 mins)This chanting class will take place every Sunday at 11:45, after the Mysore class. Learn Vedic chants by means of Sruti Parampara, the oral tradition of ancient times. The class is free. Please note that this class does not take place on weekends on which the Heart of Yoga Course is taking place. See Heart of Yoga Intensive Course page for these dates.