Ashtanga Yoga views each student as unique. Postures have to be adapted to the individual. While there are particular sequences of postures that we teach, they are taught according to the level of the student. Some students are fit, and can learn more quickly, in a vigorous manner. Some are less fit, or have health conditions, and need to move more slowly. For each student that comes to our school, we take this same approach. Our teachers will work with you, guiding you along posture by posture, at a pace suitable for you. Each posture builds upon the preceding pose, so that when you get to a pose that is challenging, we help you until you can do it, and after that, move you on to the next one. The goal of the Mysore class is to help you build a personal practice, and provide you with a conducive setting to practice in.
We believe that yoga restores us to wholeness, reminding us that the mind and body are one entity, though modern life seems to divide them. This reconnection and alignment of goals, desires, well-being, awareness and presence is unique to the individual, which is why our teaching is entirely customized to your needs.
The primary series is a challenging and invigorating sequence of postures that take about an hour and twenty-thirty minutes to practice. The postures are strengthening, toning and cleansing for the muscles, joints and internal organs. During the primary led classes, the students are guided in unison through the postures of the sequence and provided with variations of poses that prove challenging.
On your first few days, it’s best to arrive by 930am. You may feel a little uncomfortable, intimidated or overwhelmed your first day, but understand that’s completely normal. With regular attendance, you’ll soon look forward to the energy and focus of the room.
After unrolling your mat, we’ll talk through any physical issues or injuries and begin by teaching you the first set of poses. Unlike a “regular” class, we’ll move you along at your own pace. We’ll never force you into a pose you’re not ready for, and each day you come, we’ll continue to methodically build on the previous day’s work. Over time, the goal is for you to develop an independent practice that you can even do by yourself at home.
Honoring Ashtanga tradition, we do not practice on new and full moon days. Instead, we use these days to recognize and honor the rhythms of nature so we can live in greater harmony with it. 2018 Moon days for Los Angeles Yoga Club are listed here.