Welcome to practicing yoga the traditional, old-school way. We are so happy you found us! Read our Recommendations for more information on what to bring, what to wear, etc.
New students can take ANY class on our schedule, although perhaps the best way to learn Ashtanga is to attend one of the Mysore classes we offer six mornings a week. Remember that Mysore is not a 2-4 hour class, but a window of time where students can practice with the teacher, arriving and leaving at their convenience. To try Mysore, email us to let us know you'll be coming in to start learning with us. Or, feel free to drop-in to any of our evening Led Classes(no need to email or call ahead for Led (group guided) classes - simply arrive about 10 minutes before Led Classes to meet the teacher and get started.)
Your First Visit When you walk into the waiting area, quietly remove your shoes and stow your belongings on the coat hooks or benches. The teacher will welcome you and help you orient to our space. Please find a place to set up your mat among the other students (who may already be practicing if a Mysore class is in session.) Have a seat. In Mysore, the teacher will patiently and sensibly guide you through Ashtanga's basics (the sun salutes and standing postures) and through a short closing. Repetition is the key to learning, so you'll repeat what you have learned. Afterwards, you will take rest on your back. Congratulations: You are now an active member of AYN!
Subsequent Visits Each day you come to Mysore class, you will repeat the practice you were given. The instructor will be present to give adjustments, add additional postures to the sequence, and/or make suggestions for your practice. If you have forgotten a particular sequence, the instructor is there to help you.
How often should I come? Students are highly recommended to devote at least three to six Mysore or Led classes a week in order to fully experience the transformative power of a daily yoga practice. We offer Mysore classes 7 days a week to make this possible for you, and evening Led classes, too. Making your practice a regular occurrence, at a regular time, also allows the teacher to better assess your progress, and be able to make informed decisions on how you might best move along. Repetition and consistency with your practice helps you become part of our community and experience the support of teachers and fellow students. Students who cannot commit to at least three practice sessions a week should consult the instructor about AYN's wonderful Led drop-in classes, which may provide a better fit for your schedule.
Repetition Repetition Repetition Over time, students are expected to memorize the sequences they have been given, and make time to practice multiple days a week. There will be periods of time when new postures will be added to your existing sequence every few days/weeks, as well as times when you will be deepening your practice into the sequence of postures you’ve been given for longer periods of time. New students—REGARDLESS OF THEIR LEVEL OF PRACTICE—should expect to practice for roughly 45-60 minutes, slowly building their practice up to approximately 90 minutes. Remember how good you feel after every practice and use that feeling to incentivize your next practice with us! Click here for downloadable worksheets of both the sun salutes and the standing sequence to help in memorization.
Next steps Once you get the basics down, you may arrive and leave at your convenience during the two-three hour window of time offered by our Mysore classes. You will continue to work with our teachers to enhance and deepen your yoga practice. Your body and mind will experience a shift towards greater wellbeing, strength and flexibility with time and commitment to learning this traditional, amazing and brilliant series of asana (postures.) Your yoga practice over time will become longer, stronger, more challenging, and more meditative and flowing. You will develop a strong self-practice, plus a sense of connection with our teachers and the group of dedicated and kind people that make up the AYN Community..
Read more about AYN and Mysore style Ashtanga here and here and here.
Our Led Classes New students may also drop in to any of our Led Classes, including our Yin Yoga* classes. In our Led (or fully-guided) classes, our teacher leads or guides the entire group of students simultaneously. Led Ashtanga classes offer valuable information on the flow and sequence of the Ashtanga practice, although they can sometimes be challenging for the new student as there is less one-on-one instruction. We recommend you practice both styles, Led and Mysore, every week, and temper your practice with Yin Yoga when you feel the need to wind down yet still experience transformation, too!
*NOTE: Our guided Yin Yoga class offers our students a chance to experience a slower, cooler hatha yoga practice; it's a good counterpart to the warm (Yang) Ashtanga practice and is appropriate for new students, too!