What is Ashtanga
Ashtanga means eight limbs in the ancient language of Sanskrit. The Indian sage, Patanjali, wrote in detail about these eight limbs and how mastering these will help us heal the body, the mind, and the spirit.
The practice of Ashtanga Yoga is meant to help purify the body, aid in digestion, build more mobility and strength. This system unites our breath, movement, and gazing point to help create internal heat and build stamina. This is known as “moving meditation.”
Fighting the spread of COVID-19
We at Ashtanga Yoga Kentucky truly care about the health of our community. We are following every precaution to ensure the safety of our students as well as our teachers. Masks are required for entrance and to be worn until on your mat. Temperatures will be taken by an infrared thermometer. Floors are mopped in between classes and all common place areas are sanitized frequently. We are maintaining social distancing (6 feet between each mat, all the way around) and limiting class sizes.
Wash/sanitize your hands before and after your practice. We are not storing or renting mats, props, or straps/towels at this time. ALL classes are requiring pre-registration to help us maintain safe distancing in each class. We suggest cleaning your mat after each use.
Our mission at Ashtanga Yoga Kentucky is to create a safe environment for everyone to explore and grow. We ask that each person be respectful of their fellows so we’re able to enjoy this space together.
Inform teachers of injuries or other conditions that may affect your practice so we may help. We’re here to help you grow
If you are uncomfortable with hands on adjustments, we respect your voice and your space. Let our teachers know or place a consent card close by. These are located at the desk.
Practice kindness with yourself and your neighbors. Keep your space tidy and clean up when you’re finished.
Frequently Asked Questions
I’m not flexible, can I still do yoga?
Yes, yes, YES! That’s exactly what yoga helps with! Yoga is for anyone! It will help relieve some of those aches and pains while also building strength.
What is Mysore?
Mysore class is named after Mysore, India where the practice originated. This is a self-paced class, in a group setting, that is suited for all levels of practitioners. Beginners will receive more individual instruction. As they become familiar with their practice, they gain more independence and get adjustments and assistance when needed.
Do I need to know the series before coming to Mysore class?
Absolutely not! This class is perfect for beginners. The teacher will teach you the postures as they come. This will allow your teacher to tailor the practice to your personal needs so you can start to build a sustainable practice.
What’s the difference between Mysore & LED class?
While Mysore class allows movement at your own pace, led class is instructed by the teacher. It is meant to teach the breath and vinyasa count. In Mysore class, you have time to explore and find your way into a posture at your own pace, led class is typically quicker and you may brush past “struggle” or new poses. Both styles of class, while taught differently, are beneficial and needed to grow in practice.
How long is class?
In the beginning, it may only be 20-30 minutes. You’ll be guided through opening & closing chants, breathing techniques, and beginning postures. As you progress, you’ll work up to an hour and a half. This is a system built with the intention to gain strength and mobility. You’ll work closely with your teacher to add postures in as you’re ready. Approaching our practice this way will help prevent injury, so we’re able to have a life long practice where you’re able to continue to grow and explore.
How often should I practice?
It’s best to practice 5-6 days a week, even when you’re just getting started. This will help you learn the sequence, build stamina, and routine. It’s normal to feel sore in the beginning, consistency will help that subside. Traditionally, women take rest for the first 3 days of menstruation and everyone takes rest on new and full moons. We build this practice with a lifetime in mind, so rest and recovery are as important as breath and movement. If daily practice is not possible for you at any time, practice when and how you can. ALL are welcome. Come as you are!
Why practice with a qualified, experienced teacher?
A teacher can help guide you in your postures and breath work from their personal, consistent practice. They will know when your body is ready to move to the next posture and teach you how to safely enter and exit. Working frequently with a teacher helps with accountability and gives you the push you need to help you see and reach your full potential.