The Yoga Shala teaches primarily Ashtanga yoga, which is a yoga method that promotes weight loss, vitality, mental clarity, stress reduction, deep relaxation, and overall health and wellness to the practitioner. When you practice this yoga style consistently you will lose weight and gain strength, balance, endurance, flexibility, concentration and so much more.
Mysore Style Ashtanga Yoga
Each student is given a one-on-one lesson within the classroom setting in order that he or she can progress through the Ashtanga Yoga series at their own pace and according to his or her individual needs.
Mysore Style is arguably the most effective and enjoyable way to properly learn Yoga as it takes all the intimidation out of yoga. You do not have to keep up with anyone else, you do not have to keep looking up to the front of the room to see what the teacher is doing so you can haphazardly try to mimic them; you do not have to feel foolish as if people are watching you to either see what to do next or to compare themselves to you.
In order to advance sequentially in Ashtanga Yoga, it is important to commit to and maintain a daily practice. Students are encouraged to practice daily, and are asked to make a monthly commitment and come to class 3-6 days each week.
Timings are flexible and students may begin practicing any time after the posted start time provided they finish by the end of class. New students attending Mysore class should allow approximately 45 minutes for practice. As strength and stamina build more of the sequence will be taught and one’s practice will gradually lengthen.
Ashtanga for Beginners
These classes were designed specifically for those new to Ashtanga Yoga, and/or the Mysore Method of teaching. Enjoy a moving meditation as you increase your flexibility, build strength, and find balance. You will learn breathe with movement, how to focus your attention, and alignment in poses. You will strengthen your shoulders, upper body, core muscles and stretch those pesky hamstrings with consistent practice.
During your very first class we introduce you to the fundamental concepts that make Ashtanga Yoga a unique practice. Then we will demonstrate and teach you Sun Salutations. After the teacher guides you through several he/she will watch you as you do some on your own, in an effort to help you slowly and safely memorize the movements and begin to feel comfortable doing them.
In this way, you will come in each day doing what you did the day before, repeating things to commit them to memory, and adding new postures on as you are ready for them. At your own pace, within your own abilities, one by one, day by day, learning, growing, exploring yourself and your breath and your body in a safe environment where you can truly grow and not only quantify that growth, but amaze and astound yourself at how far you will go in your exploration of body and mind.