Yoga Resources

Learning Guides, Moon Days & FAQs

tools for self study

Learning Guides

Chanting Guide

Sanskrit Chanting has played a fundamental role throughout the history of yoga. It has been the key language of Vedic ceremonies, the primary means of recording and transmitting Vedic teachings and traditions as well it has been used as a tool for centering the mind and inducing meditative states. As science begins to evaluate chanting from a modern perspective we continue to discover the numerous benefits it provides including: inducing a relaxation response, stimulating the release of melatonin, oxygenating the brain, reducing heart rate, improving blood pressure and even calming brainwave activity.

AYN's Chanting Guide lists various mantra's, their transliteration, a translation and a modern interpretation of the most common chants we do here at AYN. Use this guide as a tool however the traditional method for learning to chant is to simply listen and repeat as best you can and over time, with practice, you will refine your chanting skills.

Asana Guide

This "Primary Series Cheat Sheet" may be a great resource for self study outside of the classroom as you begin your journey of learning the Ashtanga Sequence. While you practice in the Mysore room, we strongly encourage you to work entirely off of memory as a means of developing concentration and eventually meditative focus. This is part of the process of allowing the body to connect to the postures on a visceral level.

As you learn, consider reviewing this guide nightly before bed and then upon arriving at the studio. Remember the best way to solidify the memorization of the sequences is simply to practice at least 3 days a week.

Pranayama Guide

Pranayama is the practice of breath extension, sometimes called breath control. This is the fourth limb of Patanjali's Ashtanga Yoga and a common practice used by yogi's throughout history. While Advanced Pranayama is not often taught until after completion of the Second Series of Ashtanga there are many techniques that are accessible and beneficial to all. This Pranyama Guide (!!Coming Soon!!) is designed as a tool for your personal practice and should be used in conjunction with what you have learned from your primary teacher.

Take Rest

Moon Days

Honoring the tradition, we do not hold Mysore classes on the new or full moons. One of the benefits of practicing Ashtanga over a longer period of time is that we begin to become aware of natures cycles and rhythms. The cycle of the moon has a direct effect on the on earth and all things made of water. This can be overtly seen on a macro scale by observing the oceans and maybe you can even subtly recognize it in the microcosm of our own bodies.

On full moon's there is an excess of upward, expansive energy making us feel energized but often not very grounded. During new moon's the energy is contracting, moving downwards can cause us to feel grounded but disinclined towards effort. Either way on these peak energetic days there is greater potential toward injury and so we take rest. Mysore & Led Primary Series Classes will be canceled on the following New and Full Moon Days.

Jan 5th

Jan 21st

Feb 4th

Feb 19th

March 6th

March 21st

April 5th

April 19th

May 4th

May 18th

June 3rd

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you have questions? we have answers!

FAQs

Why Ashtanga?

This won’t even be a question after a week of practice. Until then, we will explain. Life tends to separate our mind and our body from one another and Ashtanga yoga restores the compliment and connection of mind and body.

The practice of mysore Ashtanga is not a led class. Instead, each student arrives between 6-8:30 am to begin the practice that they have memorized over time. The teachers maintain the space by giving customized instruction in alignment with your intention and goals. Your needs and ability will change and we will guide you to accommodate these changes. Your days as a number are over. Welcome to method.

Am I too old to practice?

Never. In fact, your practice becomes inversely proportional to your age through dedication. In other words, the more you practice, the younger your practice becomes. It’s time to drop the age story.

Do I need to register ahead of time?

What’s stopping you? You can register and choose a tuition option on our website, or show up the day you want to start. Registering ahead is preferred because our teachers are busy at work during the practice time. However, we can step away and accommodate a day-of payment as well.

How often should I practice?

You get out what you invest. When you begin, you will see the cumulative effects of the method by practicing at least three days per week. As you progress and your schedule allows, more days will be recommended added. The Ashtanga method is traditionally practiced 6 days a week, except for moon days (full and new moon). Women are traditionally encouraged to take 2-3 days off during the beginning of their menstrual cycle.

What if I feel sore or fatigued?

Please speak to a teacher regarding soreness, fatigue, or illness. This is your practice. Our only agenda is that you can breathe.

Why is Mysore class 2.5 hours long?

The 2.5 hours is a time frame for practice. You are welcome to come at any point during that time frame and there will be a teacher present to instruct, assist and support you during your practice. You will quickly learn how much time is required for your personal practice, and you will show up at the appropriate time that allows you to complete your practice. As you learn and memorize your practice will get longer and you will need to adjust your arrival time.

How should I Prepare?

As with any active practice in a shared space the Niyama (observance) of Sauca (cleanliness) is essential. It is recommended that you shower before you practice and refrain from lotions, perfumes, colognes or other slick or strongly scented items.

Please come wearing clean clothing that will let you handle movement and light sweat. You are encouraged to bring a clean yoga mat and a towel, we have loaners if you do not have one. It's always encouraged to practice on an empty stomach but if food is needed try someting small like a piece of fruit or a hard boiled egg. Water or other drinks are not recommended during the practice.

Please leave personal items, such as any bags, cell phones, etc in the private space outside of the yoga room.