Your First Ashtanga Yoga Victoria Mysore Class
Upon arriving to your first Mysore Style class you will be greeted by the teacher who will take some time to get to know you, including your current fitness level, any injuries you may have, and what you are looking to get out of yoga.
We start every class with an opening chant. If you've missed it, then it's not a big deal. If you're there in time - just stand at the front of your mat with your hands in a prayer position and enjoy the good vibrations.
After the chant (or if we've already done it before you arrived) you will be guided through the initial asanas (postures) of the Ashtanga opening series. The opening series is the set of asanas that you do at the beginning of every mysore practice.
You will then be asked to repeat those asanas. This helps you commit them to memory, as well as practice your breathing and grounding your core. Breathing properly, and grounding your core are essential to progressing through the series, as well as avoiding injury.
For some students, their first practice consists only of repeating the first 2 asanas in the opening series. For others, they progress all the way through the opening series and into some more advanced standing asanas. If the teacher only shows you the first couple asanas, don't get discouraged! Each asana is designed to prepare you for the rest of the series. The teacher will use their experience to ensure you progress as quickly and safely as possible.
"Ashtanga is not about the destination, it's about the journey."