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.

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.

What to know for the First day:

1. Plan to come during scheduled Mysore times:

We are in the studio from 7.00-10.00 in the mornings and again from 16.00-18.00 in the evening. The Mysore room is a bit like an open house- people come during the set times, when a teacher is present to do their practice. At the beginning your practice will be about 30-40 minutes so you can come at any point during the set times.

2. 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.

3. Be prepared to make a commitment:

We require that beginners sign-up for minimum a month membership and practice 3-4 times/week. The Ashtanga practice develops into a 5-6 day/week practice as people progress. By committing to a 3-4 day/week practice, you will quickly get a feel for the method and start to reap the many benefits. See membership options here.

4. You don’t need to be __________ enough before starting:

The beauty of the Mysore method is that all (except the lazy ☺) can start and practice yoga. Because you’ll be working one-on-one with a teacher, the practice will fit and support your life. Remember that ashtanga is a personal practice, not a competition. Just start!

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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