Ashtanga Yoga is a traditional method of yoga practice using postures, breathing techniques and focus to achieve a healthy body and a steady mind.
Sounds simple to do? This practice can be taken lightly or you can delve deep. The method of learning direct with a teacher who has learned direct from their teacher is called 'parampara'. The teacher is there for you to show you the moves (asana) and how to breathe correctly (pranyama). From then on it is a bit like a platform game as you explore deeper and deeper.
What do you do?
Just turn up - mats are provided, wear suitable clothes to practice in & bring an open mind.
We are very proud to have started the first regular Self Practice Ashtanga Mysore yoga in Guildford
based at United Reformed Church Guildford.
The traditional way to start, continue and deepen your journey with the guidance of 5 experienced teachers
Committing to a 6 day a week ashtanga yoga practice can sometimes be challenging at the start so do what you can with an eye on it becoming an essential part of your morning routine, just like brushing your teeth to clean them, the practice cleanses the body and your headspace ready for the day.
Beginners Yoga Guildford - What does the teacher do if I am doing all the moves myself?
As the class is not led by the teacher, the students follow their own breath and will find themselves in different asana at different times. This allows the teacher to hold a safe space & allows them freedom to help you in the more challenging poses and advise on the subtleties of the poses, plus anything else that comes up that is related to Ashtanga Yoga. You get the best of all worlds practicing like this, the benefits of a one to one class in a group setting with all that lovely sharing of energy & support from fellow students in the Ashtanga Community.
How does it work if I am a regular to a led Ashtanga Class?
You will probably be familiar with the structure and sequence, now you will have to start to memorise it. The teacher will help you with this all the way. Learning the poses by heart gives you the freedom to explore the intricacies of the practice - Breath, Bandha, Drishti - and this is when the real magic begins.
Yes, you will be very welcome, this practice is ideal yoga for beginners! If you are new to yoga your first few trips maybe short, be patient & take time to learn the practice correctly. You will be shown the starting poses and how to breathe correctly by the teacher. After a few trips the movements become automatic, you will have gained confidence, that's when the real yoga magic will start to work.