On the registration day it will be necessary to sign a “termo de responsabilidade” related to your health state. It will be also required to sign that you have read and understood all the advises and rules of this Yoga Program.
Attendance is mandatory. The Ashtanga Yoga Tree Mysore program requires that every student must practice at least twice a week in the shala. The minimum recommended is 3 times per week.
When becoming a student/member of Ashtanga Yoga Tree a commitment is assumed. This means that it is expected that he/she comes every month. A renovation of the classes pack should occur. If a student does not come for one month (or more), he/she has to communicate this absence with the minimum of one month in advance.
Class space is limited and so a place is not guaranteed after a period of absence. In the case of not following the presented rule, the student will have to pay for the minimum pack while returning to classes added by the current pack.
Named after the city of Mysore in India where the practice originated, is a self‐paced class allowing students to receive individual instruction while learning the Ashtanga yoga practice. All levels are welcome from beginners to advanced practitioners looking to deepen their understanding of the practice.
In the beginning, new students receive more guidance. As they become familiar with the practice, they are allowed more independence, getting adjustments and assistance only when needed.
Since Mysore class is self‐paced, students are not limited to the pace and rhythm of a led class or an instructor. While led classes are a great way to learn about the breath and vinyasa, Mysore‐style is where you follow your own breath to deepen your focus and meditation skills.
In a led class, you may just skim over a new or difficult pose, but the Mysore style provides a unique opportunity to work one‐on‐one with the teacher to progress and experience the benefits of yoga practice. The Ashtanga system is not complete without incorporating both styles of learning. Typically, Ashtanga is practiced six days a week, with 1‐2 of the classes being led.
Absolutely not! Mysore class is where students are meant to learn the series. The teacher will guide you through the series pose‐by‐pose; teaching Surya Namaskara first and leading each student through the practice based on their personal needs.
Adding postures one at a time, is the safest and most effective way to learn allowing you to gain proficiency in that posture before advancing to the next.
As you gain strength, stamina, and flexibility, poses are added onto the sequence. Undertaking a new posture before you are ready may lead to injury or imbalance in the body. For that reason, students are taught little-by-little and at a rate appropriate for each person individually.
In subsequent classes, new postures will be added to what was learned. Thus, over time, the length of your practice will gradually increase according to your ability.
No. The class is as long as you need it to be. Your teacher will be in the room during this window, and you come to practice any time within that window. You’ll work with the teacher one-on-one to slowly build your own personal practice. Some people are there for 60 minutes and others are there for 90 or more minutes, it all depends on what you need and what can fit into your schedule on that day.
Please let your teacher know if you have limited time on a given day and your teacher will guide you on how to fit your practice into your schedule.
In your first class, you will learn the basic techniques for breathing and movement (often referred to as vinyasa) – and be guided through the opening and closing sequences of the Ashtanga Yoga practice.
Your first practice may only be 20 to 30 minutes long and will gradually build to an hour and a half. As long as you leave enough time to finish your full practice, you can come to Mysore class at any point.
Yes! Yoga is often advised to those dealing with pain or healing from injuries. Please be sure to receive your doctor’s permission to begin any new physical activity when on the path to recovery. And, always tell your yoga teacher if you are experiencing ANY pain or recovering from any injuries, this will help your teacher guide you through a safe yoga practice.
You should tell the teacher about your injuries or physical limitations.
Listen carefully to all the instructions during class..
Always take a shower before your morning practice. A clean body equals a clean mind. It’s better not to shower immediately after practice. Most people change and go to work.
Clean your yoga mat, towels and clothes often.
Practice with respect for yourself and for the others.
For women only: It is recommended that women take three days of rest during their menstrual period for several reasons.
One reason to take rest during the menstrual period is that the downward and eliminating flow during this time may be counteracted by inversions such as sarvangasana and sirsasana. A second, more subtle, reason is that engaging mula bandha may be more difficult and/or may counteract this downward flow.
- Without engagement of the bandhas, vigorous practice can be physically unsafe.
A third, more general, reason is that excessive activity can lead to an irregular menstrual cycle. Menstruation may therefore serve as a convenient time to rest as the body begins the next cycle.
- We recommend that all female students take rest from practice during the first three days of menstruation and then avoid inverted postures until the end of their cycle. As the external and internal practice changes over time, the physical and spiritual importance of taking rest for a particular woman may change as well. If a woman decides to observe ladies’ holiday, she is still very much practicing yoga during this time, as yoga is far more than just asana.
Respect the traditional sequence and the vinyasa. Don’t ask for new postures. Don’t jump postures and do not practice beyond what you’ve learned with your teacher.
Practice on an empty stomach. Avoid drinking water at least 30 minutes before practice.
Enter and exit like a ninja. Always maintain quiet voices inside the shala. No phone conversations inside the entrance hall of the shala are allowed.
Look to the “tip of your nose”, not to your neighbours. Your dristi (gazing point) should always be directed on the shape of the asana.
Have a good attitude and an open mind. The Ashtanga Yoga Tree Mysore program is for those who wish to experience yoga on a deeper level. Challenging yourself and exploring the unknown can be uncomfortable. Please try to stay positive during this process. Pouting, whining, and “I can’t” mantras are not tolerated. Trust the process.
Practice rather than talking about the practice. When many questions come up about the practice, try to practice more.
Final rule: Don’t take yourself too seriously. Do your best at abandoning your ego at the door.