Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga Yoga

We are in an Ashtanga Yoga class. The traditional teaching form is called Mysore Style. It is named after the town of Mysore, located in the South of India. From here, Ashtanga Yoga spread all over the world. Mysore Style means that each participant practices within the framework of the Ashtanga Yoga system but, depending on personal abilities and needs, adapts it accordingly. To do so, the student is individually taught exercise by exercise by their teacher. In the very first classes, students are shown only a short series of motions, which they afterwards repeat until they are more and more familiar with them. Over the course of time, the teacher assists students in recognizing certain details; others will become obvious during the practice. When the student is ready, the teacher extends the practice series by adding new movements to those already known. Thus, step by step, a comprehensive and more complex yoga practice develops. In this way, the practitioner can gradually develop a deeper and deeper understanding of Ashtanga Yoga.

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