Mysore or Led Class for Beginners?
We have a lot of great resources as well as some suggestions below to help get you on your way to a happy and safe practice. Of course, it won't be easy! Anything that you do for the first time is hard - even babies fall down when they are learning how to walk. When I started doing yoga, it was exhausting and sometimes confusing – but the amazing feeling afterwards was the real reward.
This is the simplest and most effective way to start with Ashtanga Yoga. The class is aimed at students of all levels - beginners and advanced, stiff and flexible, young and old. Students work independently on the particular series of postures that is most appropriate for them. The teacher assists, adjusts and may quietly discuss particular difficulties or concerns with individual students during the class. The teacher together with the assistant(s) teaches you a part of the series and you repeat it several times until you memorise it. The second time you come you repeat what you have learned. Gradually, the teacher will add new postures one by one at an individual pace that enables you to memorise them. After 3-5 classes you should be able to practice half of the series depending on your dedication to practice and physical capabilities. This individual approach ensures that you learn the Series according to your level of flexibility/strength, with modifications to postures (if needed), and using the appropriate breathing technique.
Uncertain about what Mysore is about? Come and observe a Mysore class for free! Please, let us know if you wish to observe the class.
Beginners Led Class
Suitable for beginners and intermediate students.
Led classes are group 'talked through' classes, where all students are guided verbally through the given sequence of postures. This is most likely what you are used to if you have practiced yoga before - a teacher demonstrating a posture that you afterwards repeat all together. Half led classes follow a shortened version of traditional Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series, starting with the sun salutations, standing postures, sitting postures and some finishing postures.
It is good to combine "led" classes with Mysore classes to learn the sequence properly. However, to attend only led classes does not give you the real sensation of a yoga self-practice.
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