What is Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
Ashtanga vinyasa yoga is a dynamic yoga style where the transition from one asana (posture) into another is performed by vinyasas (dynamic sequences). Because of this the body gets warmed up so that detoxifying and healing processes can take place. Among the specific features of ashtanga vinyasa yoga belong the ujjayi breath and direction of the gaze to specific points in different postures. That develops the ability to concentrate and in a while makes a kind of meditation out of the asana practice. Another characteristic feature of ashtanga vinyasa is the presence of certain sequences of postures which are mastered by a practitioner in a slow and consistent way. Mysore style classes are the traditional way of teaching ashtanga vinyasa yoga. The principles on which these classes are based are very ancient: every student practices a certain series guided by his own breath in the presence of a teacher. This enables a teacher to work with every student individually taking into consideration special abilities or limitations of every one of them. That's why ashtanga vinyasa yoga is suitable for everyone despite of the common prejudice that only very healthy and strong people can do it. Every practitioner can modify the postures according to his needs, seeking his own special way. Mysore classes are suitable for all levels.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga - COURSE FOR BEGINNERS
As a beginner, you can start your practice straight from Mysore style classes.
But maybe you think that if you come to a class you will not have a clue of what' s going on there?
I can say for sure that if you really think so, you are wrong.
But I know that some of you are not going to believe me anyway :)
That's why I regularly teach special courses for beginners where we learn

✅vital basic theory and philosophy of yoga in general and ashtanga vinyasa as a part of it
✅detailed explanation of the basic principles of ashtanga vinyasa: breathing, concentration points
✅the first half of the Primary Series (up to navasana)
✅detailed alignment of all the postures with the emphasis on avoiding the most frequent mistakes
✅there will be a what's app group for course members with extra materials

You can see the dates of the next course here
Yoga class for the first time. What to take?
One of the many advantages of yoga is that you don't need anything for your practice: just your own body and motivation to practice. That's why you only need some comfortable clothes. We have yoga mats in our studio, although after a while it's good to have your own. It's better not to drink during the practice not to cool down the body and not to distract the mind, so you don't need to take water with you. You may sweat during the practice, so it is recommended to have a towel with you.
Basic principles of Mysore style classes:
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The postures are added gradually
Don't expect that you are going to practice the whole series when you come to a Mysore class for the first time. We start from the basics. Before you can understand a long complicated text, you have to be able to read syllables. The same with Mysore classes: before you practice the whole series you should be able to breath and concentrate properly, you have to remember the sequence well. It's always hard in the beginning, but later the practice is like a dance, meditation in motion. Don't expect that the new postures will be added at every class. You should be ready mentally and physically before the teacher can give them to you. The practice is safe in this case only. Be patient. Gradually you will realize that the practice is not about getting new asanas but it is about the changes that happen to us on the way.
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Don't be afraid to come because the class is not «guided» in a usual way
Yes, the teacher does not guide the class in the usual sense: he is not standing in front of the class showing the postures and telling everyone what to do now. But don't be afraid: you are not going to be left alone to the mercy of fate at the class. In the beginning the teacher will give special attention to you. Your task is to listen carefully and be open to something new. You can always ask the teacher for help. Gradually you will remember the whole sequence - this is the most simple and effective way of learning. Believe me, practice in a Mysore style will help you to take a completely different look at asana practice or maybe the whole yoga philosophy.
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If you need help, wait for the teacher
If you want a teacher to help you in a posture or you need an explanation of something, you are not sure if you are doing a posture in a proper way, just wait for the teacher. You can have some rest or enter a pose in a half-way before the teacher has time to help you.
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Something about the adjustments
The important point to understand is that when a teacher comes to you and adjusts you in a posture that does not necessarily mean that you are doing something wrong. The teacher just wants you to get deeper into the posture, sometimes it's not that easy without the help. However, don't expect that the teacher is going to be with you all the time. You are not alone at the class. Sometimes the teacher doesn't help you on purpose because he wants you to find the key to the pose by yourself.
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If you have come to the class, it doesn't mean that you have to do the whole series in a perfect way no matter how you feel on that day
Mysore classes are perfect also because you can do the practice according to your current condition. If you don't feel very well, you don't have to do the whole series: sometimes the sun salutations and finishing postures are enough. Every practice is better than no practice at all. Even a short practice keeps the flow of energy in your body. Also, you don't need to do the whole series without any pauses: if you need to take a rest, do it.
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Don't speak to other students at the class
During the class every student should do his best to concentrate on his practice only: that's why we speak to the teacher only when we need some explanation. You have plenty of time for chatting to your friends either before or after the practice.
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Concentrate on your own practice
We try to concentrate on our own practice at the class. Try not to look what other practitioners are doing, don't distract to adjusting your clothes, your mat or your hair. Switch your mobile phones to a silent mode and don't take it to the room where we practice. We don't drink during the practice (we aim to create the inner heat during the practice, and the water can reduce this heat).
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Follow the rules and listen to the teacher
Yoga is an ancient practice coming from India. As in many other Indian philosophy systems, the knowledge is given directly from a teacher to a student. A student is not supposed to argue with a teacher. We should follow the common rules during the practice of ashtanga vinyasa yoga. If the teacher pays your attention to your violating of some rule, he has the reason for that. All that the student has to do in this case is to listen to the teacher's words, and sometimes it takes some demanding work with the student's ego.
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It is very important to come to Mysore classes regularly, especially if you are a beginner!
The teacher always spends a lot of his time with the beginners, explaining to them new positions, breathing and transitions. Often because of this, he cannot pay so much attention to other students. Therefore, it is especially important for beginners to attend classes on a regular basis, so as not to forget everything that they were taught. It is in your own interest and in the interests of all of the other practitioners.
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