The Ashtanga Practice
In a Mysore room, each student practices the part of the Ashtanga sequence they have learned from their teacher at their own pace. You get the benefits of both a group setting and an invidualized practice.
The most important feature of the Ashtanga practice is consistency over time. We use the tools of Tristhana (breath, energy locks, gazing points) to get our ability to concentrate on line, and we practice daily over a long period of time to reap the benefits. I recommend starting with a solid three times per week and knowing that you will most likely want to increase it to five or six eventually.
How to Begin
Welcome to Ashtanga Yoga Minneapolis!
If you have an existing Mysore practice and you'd like to start at AYM, simply contact me and we'll set a date for you to come in.
If you are new to a Mysore-style practice (which could mean you’ve done some led Ashtanga classes, or it could mean you have never done yoga, or anywhere in between), this is how the on-ramp works at Ashtanga Yoga Minneapolis:
- Contact me (Ellie, here) to introduce yourself. I’ll encourage you to come and observe part of a class so that you can make an informed decision as to whether you’d like to commit to a month.
- The program is monthly-only for a couple of reasons: regular practice is the best way to learn, it keeps the community feeling like a community, and the teacher-student relationship is very important to the method.
- You come in on the day we agree on, and you start practice! Beginning students usually will start with sun salutations and closing postures on the first day, and we build up from there. Expect to do about 30 minutes including rest that first day.
- I will lead you through any postures that are new to you, and stay with you to teach you correct breathing and alignment.
- If you’re practicing regularly, the length of your practice will grow to approximately 45 min-1 hr by a month or so in. This is very approximate, as everyone goes at their own pace, and I only include it for planning-your-life purposes.
- If you’ve practiced led classes for some time, yes you may start with a longer practice– we’ll talk about it and figure out what’s appropriate for you.
That’s it! The result is a dynamic practice that grows as you are ready for it to grow, an ongoing relationship with a teacher and community, and access to a method that gives you a clear mind and a strong body.
I look forward to sharing this practice with you!