We always need to start somewhere.
Guidance for Ashtanga Yoga beginners
No matter where you are in your process: where you are is a good starting point.
You do not need to know. Oftentimes, people come to their first Mysore Style practice, apologizing for not knowing the Ashtanga sequence and for being a beginner. Forget about that. You don’t have to have done yoga before in order to start with Ashtanga. It’s not a shame to be a beginner, it’s an opportunity.
Ashtanga is different
If you have previous yoga experience, you will instantly notice that a Mysore Style class is different. Guidance from the teacher happens in a different way. Other to ‘normal’ yoga classes, there’ll be moments, where you don’t have a clue about what to do next. That’s ok. Just wait. Or ask. Or try. Or repeat what you already know. There’s no need for pleasing and perfection is an illusion anyway.
Acknowledging where you are in your relationship with yoga, we’ll start the process simple and basic, allowing enough time for repetition, mistakes and questions. We’ll build up your practice incrementally, respecting your own pace.
Repetition is the secret
Memorizing the breath-movement patterns might be a lot of input in the beginning. Repetition is the key. The more time you allow for repetition, the easier and quicker these patterns (asana / vinyasa) will seep into your system. And the quicker you’ll feel the rewards, the flow, the meditative and grounding aspects of this beautiful practice. Coming at least twice a week to class is a good idea.
There will be a moment where we focus the Ashtanga breathing technique (Ujjaji breathing). This can happen in the form of a detailed introduction. Or, if you are already familiar with the breathing pattern, we’ll have a closer look at your breath at a later point.
This form of practice and teaching can be revealing and at points confronting. Often, this is a sign that transformation is taking place in your physical and probably also in your mental and emotional sphere. You also might encounter moments of frustration and a longing for smoothness. Be assured, this will pass. But it is also part of the process, for friction is a necessary aspect of transformation.
See you soon.