How Often Should I Practice?
Ashtanga yoga is traditionally practiced 6 days a week, leaving one day for rest. Women should take off 2-3 days during their monthly cycle. Mysore-style Ashtanga yoga has a cumulative effect on the body and should be practiced a minimum of 3 days per week. As your schedule permits, more days should gradually be added. It is when we are practicing in the traditional manner that we receive the greatest benefit.
I'm Not Flexible, Can I Still Do Yoga?
We welcome all type of bodies. Yoga is a physical exercise that will help increase your flexibility over time. You do not need to be flexible when you start yoga, however, over time you will see your range of flexibility increase. Over time, the regular and consistent practice of yoga will instill a balance between both strength and flexibility.
What About Pre-existing Pain & Old Injuries?
While you might feel sore or tired after doing your yoga practice or sometimes even during your yoga practice, it is not necessary to push your body to point of creating an injury. Throughout our lives we primarily tell our body what to do. With time, the yoga practice becomes an opportunity to listen to and respect what your body wants to tell you and do with you. In the event of an injury, whether related to yoga or past outside experience, there are many special adjustments, modifications and considerations that one of our instructors can recommend. One of the main benefits of the yoga practice that you will experience over time is healing. By creating and inviting more balance in to your overall state of being, a regular yoga practitioner creates the space to allow healing into their body on multiple levels.
Why Am I Being "Stopped" In My Practice?
For beginners, stopping is simply part of learning the practice. Postures are taught one by one and usually need time to be assimilated. Furthermore, new postures are given only when a student has demonstrated proficiency in his or her practice all the way through the last posture given. In Ashtanga yoga, proficiency is at least as much about the correct maintenance of internal energy locks (Bandhas), gaze (Drishti) and breathing (Ujayi breath) as it is about being able to get into a particular posture.
For established practitioners, being asked to “stop” before the end of what may otherwise appear to be a complete practice may be for one of the following reasons:
Do I need to register ahead of time? How about parking?
New Student Registration is encouraged prior to the first class but not necessary. Additionally, booking in advance, via our app, is recommended as places are limited.
Early Morning Beginners Class
Any new students planning on attending a class between 6:30am and 8:30am need a code to into the studio door, please contact us to obtain the code.
There is ample parking in the back of the building near the main entrance and on the street in front.
How Do I Prepare For Class?
Why Do I Need A Teacher?
If you wanted to get from New York to Orlando and you set out on I-95 without a map, directions or a guide, you would probably find your way sooner or later. But if you wanted to make sure you knew the way, you might also choose to get directions from someone who has traveled the distance before. You might even ask a guide to take you all the way because it just might save you some time. In case there are many people who say they’ve been to Orlando before, you might have to trust the person that you connect mostly deeply with to lead you in the right direction.
I learned Asthanga differently. Am I supposed to change what I've been doing?
Yes. One of the goals of the school is to teach the practice authentically, as it is currently taught in Mysore. Wisely or unwisely, many teachers of Ashtanga yoga have unilaterally modified the practice. Many have no personal connection to Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and the KPJAYI and therefore teach outside the tradition. Others, who are students at the KPJAYI, may have learned aspects of the practice from him that he has since developed differently. In all these instances, students will probably not have learned the practice as the KPJAYI teaches it now.