Due to the coronavirus crisis, you can also stream these classes online. In addition it is possible (also as a group!)to book private classes online or in person.
For people who have never done Yoga or took a break from their practice the beginners class is perfect to start with. Ashtanga Yoga is a dynamic and energetic form of yoga, suitable for people who like to work out and sweat a bit.
In a Led Primary Series class (advanced), the teacher calls out the postures and vinyasas (counted movements linking the postures with the breath) of the Ashtanga Primary Series. The group moves and breathes together in sync. These are focused, highly energetic classes and recommended for experienced students. A Led Primary Series class is effective in flushing away unconstructive self-practice habits such as a wandering mind, losing the connection with the breath, or fidgeting between postures, and provides an opportunity to refine your practice.
Mysore self-practice is the traditional way of practising ashtanga yoga, the teacher does not lead the students through the class with generalised instructions or demonstrations. Instead, experienced students turn up and practice the series they have learned. Complete beginners are taught the sun salutations and then the first few postures of the standing sequence. When they have learnt this, the teacher adds a new posture when he or she feels you have memorised the sequence so far and you are competent (in so far as you can ever be competent) in it. Students are dealing with distractions and a wandering mind and need to learn to maintain a focused state, instead of passively listening to a teacher or watching others. This makes it a more internal practice; a meditation in motion.
"Adjustments" are an important part of Ashtanga classes. This is where experienced teachers use their hands to guide your body into the posture to correct alignment.