· I am a complete beginner, can I practice Ashtanga?
Traditional Ashtanga is a yoga therapy. You don’t have to be healthy, flexible, strong, thin or spiritual to practice Ashtanga; it is for everybody. The important thing is to show up and practice. The rest will come with time.
· So, how do I start?
You can attend for an introductory session lasting an hour; this session will explain the main points about Ashtanga and it needs to be booked in advance (please check classes/fees). Your practice will gradually become longer with time.
· Is Mysore style/self-practice for advanced students only?
Not at all, everybody is able to self-practice. The duration of your class and the postures you work with will depend on the level you have achieved with everything else, the same for students of all abilities
·Do I need to bring my own mat?
The studio provides mats, but it is suggested that regular students bring their own. The mats can be stored in the yoga room.
· Can I eat or drink before the class?
Practice is better done on an empty stomach. After a heavy meal please allow at least 3-4 hours, and 2 hours after a light bite before practicing. The same with water; you can drink a couple of glasses one hour before arriving which will keep you well hydrated for the class. No drinking is allowed during the class.
·What time should I arrive for classes?
Depending of how long is your practice. You should be finished by 8pm.
· What should I wear?
Comfortable clothes that allow you to move easily. Yoga is practiced barefoot.
·Do you have showers?
we do not have showers in the community centre.
·Can I practice during my menstrual cycle?
Traditionally, you don’t practice during the first 3 days of the period. The energetic locks, or "bandhas" used in Ashtanga Yoga are engaged to reverse the downward flow of energy and the menstrual cycle is by nature a downward flow, so to reverse this would not allow the natural process to cleanse the body as it should. Most women take only the heaviest flow days off, but you will learn how to listen to your body with time.
· Why don’t you practice when there is a full moon (moon days) in Ashtanga yoga?
Ashtanga Yoga has its roots in Indian culture, which is strongly connected to natural cycles, including those of the moon. The moon is known to have a direct influence on the bodies of water on the earth, and our bodies are 70% water, so it’s likely that our bodies are affected by the cycles of the moon in a similar way. By resting on these days, we avoid potential injury, and harmonize ourselves more directly with nature. This is further explained in an article by Eddie Stern, an experienced teacher from Ashtanga Yoga New York.