1) Sign up for our six week beginner course for $90 and come once per week, for six weeks. This option is available to new and returning students to The Yoga Shala. See additional information about our Beginner Course below.
2) Sign up for our 2 week introductory special for unlimited classes for $40.00. This option is only available to students new to The Yoga Shala. See additional information about the 2 week special below.
Beginners courses are a series of classes that are to be attended in consecutive order. The information in each class is taught in a progressive sequence, so your consistent attendance is required to receive the full benefits. We regret that substitutions cannot be made for missed classes.
For your own benefit please check-in at least 10 minutes early for each class. You are free to bring your own mat, or you can rent a mat for $1.00 New mats are also available for purchase.
Please let your teacher know before class if you have any new/reoccurring injuries, serious illness, if you are pregnant or have recently had a baby.
Course registration is required prior to the first class and booking in advance is recommended as places are limited. If you have pre-registered and your circumstances have changed, please contact reception in advance of the course start date. Your course fee can be applied to a future course or workshop, which we are happy to help organize. There are no partial/retroactive refunds.
Thank you for understanding that this is our Policy for Everyone..
This course is perfect for complete beginners as well as students who wish to revisit the basics of yoga. We will encouragingly teach you step by step as we explore the basics of Ashtanga Yoga: postures (asanas), sequencing of Ashtanga yoga sun salutations, standing postures, some seated postures and finishing postures; breathing (deep breathing with sound) and how to utilize specific breath work while moving through the postures (vinyasa).
Every student will progress at a different rate based on prior yoga experience, how often they attend classes, how much effort is put into each class, and more. Therefore we will be leading the class as a group but offering modifications for each student based on their needs.
Each week will build upon the previous so that you will gradually learn the basics of Ashtanga Yoga system and feel confident in your ability to practice the sequence of postures as they are laid out in this Yoga method.
Graduates of the Yoga Foundations course are encouraged to progress into the Mysore classes where you will continue practicing exactly what you have been taught in the beginner course, but also be given more postures to add to your yoga practice as you are ready to take on more.
Under close guidance from an experienced teacher, these practices will aid you in dealing with stress and improve your strength, balance, flexibility, coordination, stamina, breathing, posture, overall body control and body awareness and so much more.
* Please let your teacher know before class if you have any injuries, serious illness, if you are pregnant or have recently had a baby.
This Intro offer is for students who are new to The Yoga Shala. You have the option of starting immediately in the Mysore room, if you have previous Ashtanga Yoga experience, or coming into our beginner mysore classes where you will learn the Mysore method of Ashtanga Yoga step by step. The focus is on educating students who are new to the Mysore method. You will learn the basic standing postures, how to utilize the breath while moving and ultimately become very comfortable with the practice. The Mysore method teaches students in a progressive manner, in an order that each class will allow students to build from the previous. At the end your first two weeks, you will be equipped with the knowledge of the Ashtanga Yoga method and the self-assurance to continue a Mysore style yoga practice with us here at The Yoga Shala.
We do not have classes on New and Full Moon days. This is how our Teachers taught us to do yoga, so it is a practice we choose to uphold. Ashtanga Yoga is about building energy, and being a part of the earth the energy of the planets have an effect on us. During the time of the new and full moon the ebb and flow of this moon directed energy reaches peaks, so we take a break on these days. What to learn more?
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Inform instructor if you are pregnant, or have any conditions or injuries.
Practice on an empty stomach.
Hydrate before and after practice, but we do not drink water during practice (no water in the shala).
When the room gets busy please be kind and move your mat over to make space for other students.
If you have questions stand at the front of your mat and your teacher will come to you.
Your teacher is there to help you, remind you of postures and give you new postures. If they are busy, please wait patiently for them to come to you.
No need to stretch before or after practice; you will get all you need during practice.
Please wait until after practice to connect with other like minded yogi’s. When in the practice room try to remain quiet and focused on your yoga practice.
There is no need to get off your mat for certain postures. The entire practice can and should be done on your mat.
Come to class with clean, light clothing suitable for indoor physical activity.
Patabi Jois recommended to not use a towel during yoga. When you first start practicing you may sweat a lot more than usual as your body is adjusting to the practice. Don’t be afraid to sweat. It is part of the cleansing and purifying process. If you sweat a lot you may want to bring a towel with you. Towels can be purchased at the Shala if you forget yours. Over time you will sweat less as your body gets more into a state of balance.
Please avoid wearing the following: jewelry/watches, perfume, creams or oils. We like to keep it “au natural”
Try to practice even if you are low on energy or don’t have time to complete the whole sequence. Even if you can’t make it to the Shala, a little practice is better than none.
If your time is limited, feel free to cut your practice shorter. This way you wont have to rush and will have time to do the whole finishing sequence.
Don’t be afraid to sweat. It is part of the cleansing and purifying process.
Don’t get discouraged if you feel tired and experience difficulties, you’re not aiming for external perfection. Observe the movements of the mind without implication or judgment, ask yourself how it feels and smile often.
“If you have ever taken a yoga class and couldn’t figure out what you were suppose to do with your body or keep up with everyone else, then The Yoga Shala is for you. You get great individual attention as you learn the proper technique of postures and at your own pace. What could be simpler!”
“The Yoga Shala’s beginner course is unique in that the instructors really care that you are learning the correct posture and the reasons behind necessary modifications. Most other courses show you a pose, say “okay try it and if you can’t just do something close” and that doesn’t help me at all. It teaches you a lot about patience, which I think a lot of people in society are lacking and need to practice.”
“I have developed (am developing) an attitude of progress at the Shala. It’s a beautiful and unique place that I am proud to be a a part of… I grow (mature, develop) as a person every time I am there, even if I don’t notice it at first or all the time or even most of the time (It’s those moments where you realize that keeps you going). I need the Shala in my life, I felt that way after (during) my beginners course and even if I have had my moments of doubt, I know deep down that being a part of the Shala has changed me, in a very very positive way.”