Ashtanga yoga is a practice for everyone, regardless of age or physical ability. You don’t have to be flexible or strong to start. If you can’t touch your toes, it really doesn’t matter. The many physical and mental benefits will unfold over time.
The physical ashtanga practice synchronises breath, asana and drishti (gaze point) to create a flowing sequence and build an internal heat. This powerful combination helps bring strength and stability to the body, purify the nervous system and calm the mind.
If you’re new to ashtanga, here are a few different ways to get started:
Here, you practise the postures you’ve learnt at your own speed in a group setting – so students of all levels practise side-by-side. If you are new to ashtanga, this is a great way to learn. Just drop-in to a class anytime. Complete beginners are always welcome.
Your first lesson will take around 30 minutes and you’ll learn the sun salutations and breathing system. As you practice regularly and memorise the sequence, we’ll add new asanas gradually, so your practice will evolve over time.
This is the traditional way that ashtanga yoga is taught at the KPJAYI in Mysore, India – which is why these classes are often called “Mysore-style”.
Saturdays and Sundays, 8 – 10am (arrive any time before 9am) at triyoga Chelsea. Click here for details.
Introduction to Mysore workshop
Are you still unsure about taking the first step into a Mysore-style class? This special one-off class will cover all the basics, giving you the confidence to start your ashtanga journey. You’ll learn the fundamentals, including the breathing system and the start of the asana series. You’ll begin to build your own practice that you can do anywhere and continue to evolve with a Mysore teacher.
Next date: Sunday 13 May 2018, 11am – 1pm @ triyoga Chelsea. Click here to book.
Ashtanga for beginners – a 6-week course
This course will introduce you to the ashtanga practice, building week-by-week. We’ll start with the basics including the breathing system and gradually work through initial asanas, with time for discussion on philosophy and broader aspects of ashtanga beyond the mat. You’ll be encouraged to practise between classes so that you can enjoy the full benefit of the course and build up a lifelong ashtanga yoga practice.
Next dates: TBC – please check back for details.