• Expect to be in a warm room that is about 80 to 85 degrees, you might sweat.
  • There are going to be poses you cannot do, and that is fine. The teacher will be there to help you and/or give you a modification of the posture.
  • If you have never tried a Mysore style class before, it could be intimidating. Don’t worry! The teacher will be there guiding you on your first Mysore class.
  • It’s Repetitive. One of the beauties in the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system come for practicing the same sequence of postures each day. Postures will be added to your routine by the teacher, but the sequence won´t be change.
  • An important tool used by Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga teachers are adjustments. The teacher will help you, with physical contact, in a gentle way to correct the asana and/or go deeper into a pose.
  • The teacher will strongly recommend you to avoid drinking water during the class, inner fire and heat are keys in the detoxifying process of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga method, additionally when you stop the practice to take a sip of water, you interrupt your breathing and disrupt the flow of the sequence. However, listen to your own body will always be the best thing to do.
  • There are two chants in Ashtanga. The opening chant expresses gratitude to the teachers that come before us. The closing chant asks for peace all over the world. Feel free to learn them and chant with us. If that makes you uncomfortable, then stand silently in respect for those who want to chant.
  • We recommend, at the beginning, to practice at least 3 times a week, slowly increasing the number of days over time until you are able to maintain a regular 6 days a week practice, resting on moon days. Ideally some of those days would be home self practice. Don’t worry! We will help you to get there!
  • Is important in the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga method not to change the postures or their order in each series. Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is an intelligent sequence where each asana prepares your body for the asanas to come.
  • The breath is your shelter. If you find yourself in a challenging situation during your practice remember to breath.
  • Work hard, go out of your comfort zone but don’t exceed your limits. Listen to your body and be always aware of the constant changes of your body. This is the key to avoid injuries.
  • Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a meditation movement. To get there memorizing the sequence is vital. We will encourage you not to bring the asana chart to the Mysore class, instead let your teacher help you remember in case you forget or don’t know what is next.
  • If you have an injurie, let the teacher know, so she can help you modifying asanas in case it is needed.
  • Keep your eyes open during the whole practice. Each asana has an specific drishti or gaze point.
  • Ladies must rest during 2-3 days during the strongest days of their period.
  • Avoid heavy meals 3 to 4 hours before the practice.
  • Use comfortable, flexible clothe.
  • Bring a towel the teacher can use for adjustments during the Mysore class.
  • Always shower before getting on the mat. Especially as you begin the practice, the purification will start releasing some toxins you did not even know you had inside. You may smell in a way you are not used to, especially if you did not shower before. Also, showering relaxes the body and prepares it for practice.
  • Relax, enjoy and keep your sense of humor!