WHAT TO EXPECT
NEW STUDENTS AND VISITING STUDENTS TO AYB, WELCOME! If you’re new to ashtanga yoga I ask all students to observe a session before beginning in the program. Observation takes 15 minutes where you to come to the shala, meet me, see the facilities and see the practice. Observation is free. You will not be asked to practice during observation.
To set up a time to observe, e-mail Malissa HERE.
Out of town ashtangis: If you have a current Mysore practice consider us your home! Email me first to let me know you’re coming and to get the door protocol.
Some common questions I’m asked:
What is the commitment like?: I ask that all new students commit to at least three mornings a week minimum to begin. It takes six weeks for me to pass along the base knowledge of the ashtanga yoga system. During that time you will learn the basics of the ashtanga yoga primary series and its foundational principles. After that, you will have this method as a yoga practice for the rest of your life. Growing it in whatever way you choose.
What are the benefits?: Clarity, strength, flexibility, balance, focus, weight loss, and improved circulation. Yoga has been known to relieve a variety of ailments with the right support and intention. If you’re curious about evidence based research e-mail me anytime and we can chat.
Do I have to be flexible?: Absolutely not! Most folks are not flexible when they begin. If you come with an open mind and a commitment to the process you will see results.
Do I have to be spiritual?: We’re learning to meditate and create one pointed focus in the ashtanga yoga practice. This sometimes ties in with spirituality for some and other times it does not. The experience is individual and mostly embodied practices of focus and physicality.
What do I wear?: Clean clothes you can move in. No perfumes or strong scents.
Do I need a yoga mat?: Yes. You will also need a towel for sweat.
What should I eat and drink the day before and of?: Since you’ll be stretching you’re going to want to eat clean before you begin. A glass of water in the morning is nice before practice.
How do I prepare for class?: Start to watch your breath during the day. This is simple, radical and will prepare you for the practice ahead.
वन्दे गुरूणां चरणारविन्दे सन्दर्शित स्वात्म सुखाव बोधे ।
निःश्रेयसे जङ्गलिकायमाने संसार हालाहल मोहशांत्यै ॥
आबाहु पुरुषाकारं शंखचक्रासि धारिणम् ।
सहस्र शिरसं श्वेतं प्रणमामि पतञ्जलिम् ॥
vande gurūṇāṁ caraṇāravinde sandarśita svātma sukhāva bodhe |
niḥ-śreyase jaṅgali-kāyamāne saṁsāra hālāhala mohaśāṁtyai ||
ābāhu puruṣākāraṁ śaṁkhacakrāsi dhāriṇam |
sahasra śirasaṁ śvetaṁ praṇamāmi patañjalim ||
I bow to the lotus feet of our great teachers, who uncovers our true self and awakens happiness
Like a Shaman in the Jungle he brings total complete well-being. He can even heal the most awful poision of conditioning and illusion.
The upper body of human shape, carrying a mussel horn (original tone), a discus (infinity) and a sword (power of differentiation)
having 1000 bright heads, I bow to Patanjali.
स्वस्तिप्रजाभ्यः परिपालयंतां न्यायेन मार्गेण महीं महीशाः ।
गोब्राह्मणेभ्यः शुभमस्तु नित्यं लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनोभवंतु ॥
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः
svasti-prajā-bhyaḥ pari-pāla-yaṁtāṁ nyāyena mārgeṇa mahīṁ mahīśāḥ |
go-brāhmaṇebhyaḥ śubham-astu nityaṁ lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino-bhavaṁtu ||
auṁ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ
May the well-being of all people be protected By the powerful and mighty leaders be with law and justice.
May good success be with all cows (divinity) and scholars May all (samastah) the worlds (lokha) become (bhavantu) happy (sukhino).
Om peace, peace, peace
MOON DAYS 2018
MOON DAY INFO
Like all things of a watery nature (human beings are about 70% water), we are affected by the phases of the moon. The phases of the moon are determined by the moon’s relative position to the sun. Full moons occur when they are in opposition and new moons when they are in conjunction. Both sun and moon exert a gravitational pull on the earth. Their relative positions create different energetic experiences that can be compared to the breath cycle. The full moon energy corresponds to the end of inhalation when the force of prana is greatest. This is an expansive, upward moving force that makes us feel energetic and emotional, but not well grounded. The Upanishads state that the main prana lives in the head. During the full moon we tend to be more headstrong.
The new moon energy corresponds to the end of exhalation when the force of apana is greatest. Apana is a contracting, downward moving force that makes us feel calm and grounded, but dense and disinclined towards physical exertion.
The Farmers Almanac recommends planting seeds at the new moon when the rooting force is strongest and transplanting at the full moon when the flowering force is strongest. Practicing Ashtanga Yoga over time makes us more attuned to natural cycles. Observing moon days is one way to recognize and honor the rhythms of nature so we can live in greater harmony with it.