All levels are welcome and no experience is necessary to start a Mysore practice! When you walk into the Mysore room, introduce yourself to the teacher. The teacher will begin working with you individually by taking a few moments to get to know you. Please let us know if you have any physical or mental conditions that might impact your experience with us.
We will begin by teaching you the first sequence, Surya Namaskar A or Sun Salutation A. Once you have it memorized, we will leave you alone for a bit to try a few times on your own. Once you feel confident with that, we will continue on teaching you the next sequence. In the beginning, your practice may only be 45 minutes long. But each day that you return to practice we will continue to add on a little bit more, slowly building up to a 60 minute practice, and eventually a 90 minute practice. The Mysore style method is best experienced and understood over time. So in the beginning, we recommend that our students commit to a minimum practice of three times per week so that you can begin to establish yourself in the practice of Ashtanga Yoga. Slowly, over a period of time, you will work up the necessary stamina and energy to practice five or six times a week. The goal is to develop an independent practice that you can take with you anywhere!
The beauty of the Mysore practice is that you have the opportunity to move at your own pace. The teacher and the student work together in relationship to create a practice suited to your own unique body and mind. We strongly encourage our new students to sign up for the one week unlimited new student special. This will give you an opportunity to get to know our Shala! Please take a moment to read our class descriptions and about us sections to learn about our community and teachers.
Hands on assists are a key feature of the Ashtanga Yoga teaching method; they can direct your awareness and support your effort in class. Ashtanga Yoga Worldwide teachers are trained and experienced in giving these hands on assists but we recognize that you may not always want one.
We offer consent cards that can be placed on your mat to quietly indicate your preference to receive hands on assists or not. They can be flipped throughout the class to indicate your preference. Feel free to ask for details.
If you would like more information on how to start a practice, feel free to contact us with any questions.