Ashtanga Yoga Studio


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Sat, Sep 29th, 2012


New to Yoga

New to Yoga

Ashtanga is a traditional yoga with a long lineage. You can read more about the lineage, our teachers, and the practice here. At Astanga Yoga Studio, we teach Astanga yoga in the traditional ‘Mysore’ method, as we learn from our teachers and as our teachers learned from their teachers. The Mysore method is not a class for advanced students, but rather a way for everyone- young, old, big, small, bendy, or stiff- to practice yoga. The Mysore method starts wherever you are.

Students new to Mysore Astanga

  • We encourage new students to come observe a session during designated hours (see schedule) and speak to a teacher about initiating practice.
  • No knowledge of the sequence is necessary to begin. The teacher will lead you through the sequence pose by pose.
  • In order to properly memorize the sequence, it is highly recommended that beginners practice a minimum of three times per week. Beginners will learn parts of the primary series incrementally, with new postures being slowly and deliberately added over time.
  • Allow 30 minutes to 1 hour for practice. The duration of one’s practice will lengthen as new postures are added.
  • Make an appointment: Email, call, or message us on facebook to set up an appointment for your first day. By scheduling an appointment, we can make sure a teacher is available to work personally with you.
  • Mysore astanga is not a drop-in class unless you have an existing mysore ashtanga practice.

What is the ‘Mysore’ method of teaching?

Learning yoga in the Mysore method means that you will learn the Ashtanga series pose by pose from your teacher as you and your body are ready. This is the best and safest way to learn the series.

All students, regardless of age or experience, start the same way. On the first day, you will work one-on-one with your teacher starting with practicing proper breath, learning the first poses that make up the primary series, Sun Salutation A, and taking rest. (See here for a few videos of the poses!)

After the first day, you will practice the yoga series as you learned it with the guidance and assistance of a teacher. New postures will be given, slowly, as ability allows, and as prescribed by the Ashtanga series. By working with a teacher and gradually learning new postures, a solid foundation, steadiness, and correct method are ensured. This means that the practice may seem quite short at the beginning. However, this ‘slow and steady’ method allows time to remember the series, to develop mental and physical steadiness in the poses, and to cultivate an understanding of the practice.

Beginners sometimes assumes that they will need to know the sequence before they start. However, this is not the case and, in many ways, learning in a Mysore style class is the best and safest way to learn as the Mysore method means that you learn yoga at your current ability directly with a teacher, one-on-one, step-by-step.

Mysore Class Etiquette

  • Refrain from eating minimum 2 hours prior to practice
  • Bath before practice
  • Ensure your mat, rug, towel, and clothing are clean
  • Leave bags and phones in the changing rooms
  • Respect the space by only practicing the series as you have been taught in the Shala
  • Move to the back of the room for finishing poses and rest.

We hope to see you soon! Check our schedule for the next class.

Please note: for all students, a basic level of fitness and health, a willingness to learn the traditional Ashtanga method (as taught at KPJAYI), plus a commitment to practising regularly and honouring the tradition, are requisite.

Read more guidelines for the practice here.

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Struensegade 15A, 5 th.
2200 Copenhagen N
Phone. +45 61 67 67 90

Public Transport:

Bus routes to the studio: 12 og 66 stop Skyttegade (Rantzausgade), 3A stop Rantzausgade Griffenfeldsgade, 68 stop H.C. Ørsteds Vej (Åboulevard)

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