A regular early morning Ashtanga self-practice can be the essential building block to a new you.

We are therefore really excited about expanding our Ashtanga early morning self practice program from early May. We’ll be adding two additional Ashtanga self-practice classes on a Monday and a Thursday. This is on top of our Wednesday Ashtanga self-practice class and Saturday and Sunday early-morning led Ashtanga classes.

One of the great benefits of a self-practice is that you choose when you start. You can begin to practice anytime from 6:45am onwards and should finish anytime before and 8:45am every. No previous experience is required.

What is Mysore Ashtanga yoga?

Ashtanga yoga – which means eight-limbed yoga – is a deeply healing practice, where the asana (posture) limb of the practice is learnt one posture at a time under the guidance of a teacher.  This is known as Mysore Ashtanga Yoga.  If you’re new to yoga expect to start off with a 30-40 minute practice of sun salutations and standing poses and then gradually increase this.

Over time, as the student becomes more familiar with the set sequence of asanas, the postures learnt are practiced independently by the student, within the group setting, as a flowing, uninterrupted sequence, moving mindfully from one asana to another.  It’s a great feeling you’re very much part of a group but practicing separately within it.

The sequence is learnt at the student’s own pace and the student can learn and practice as much or as little as they feel able to.  The breath guides each movement in a process known as Vinyasa, which helps to keep the mind focused in the present moment, helping to make the Ashtanga Mysore method a moving meditation, preparing us for the ebs and flow of life.

What are the benefits of the practice?

The benefits of the Ashtanga Mysore guided self-practice include strengthening of the physical, mental and emotional bodies, elimination of toxins through the heating of the body through breath guided vinyasa movements, increased flexibility, mental focus, and digestive functionality, to name just a few!

By practicing early and regularly it feels like you are retraining you brain to remain present, calm detached and undistracted- very necessary skill for busy city living.

How often should I practice the Ashtanga Mysore method?

The benefits of the Mysore Ashtanga method are best seen and felt the more often we practice. The more we practice, the quicker our muscles develop and the benefits of healing and strengthening of the internal digestive, reproductive and nervous systems can be felt and experienced more readily.   It is recommended that we start with a minimum of three times a week to receive the benefits of the practice, with the aim to build up to six times a week.

“Yoga, as a way of life and a philosophy, can be practiced by anyone with inclination to undertake it, for yoga belongs to humanity as a whole.” – Sri K Pattabhi Jois