KPJAYI Authorized Teacher & Ayurvedic Chef
03 MAY 2016
The Ashtanga Yoga method is a fantastic way to start yoga. On your first day, the teacher will work with you one-on-one, guiding you through the basics of each of the beginning postures. Through simple instructions you and the teacher will learn how each posture fits your unique body – whether you are flexible, stiff or some combination of both! You will probably wind up sweating at least a little, and the next day you might wake up with a few sore muscles. But, if you and the teacher approach your first class carefully, it will be the good kind of soreness – the kind that means you have activated parts of your body that have been in cold storage for a while.
In your next few classes, the teacher will probably ask you to demonstrate what you learned the first day. We will help you recall anything that you have forgotten, of course! But from the earliest stage of your new yoga practice, we ask you to engage your mind by remembering the sequence of postures. For some, this is the most challenging part of their first Ashtanga classes. But with repetition and time, the sequence becomes natural, and the consistency of the routine gives you a profound way of connecting with yourself both physically and mentally. Before you know it, you have a yoga practice that you can take with you anywhere – because it’s yours.
The consistency of the Ashtanga practice also gives the teacher the chance to become familiar with your body. After a few classes, when we see that you remember what we have taught you before, and when we can tell that you have found some stability and comfort in those postures, we will start teaching you more. The teacher’s job is to observe you and to help you to connect more deeply with your body and mind – to cultivate a more peaceful relationship with yourself – through your experience of Ashtanga Yoga.
So, do not be afraid to try your first class! Do be sure to let your teacher know about any chronic physical conditions or recent injuries you might have before you get started.