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Info for Beginners

Astanga yoga is for anyone and you do not need to be flexible to start. Yes, it is a physically demanding practice. But practise regularly and you will grow in flexibility and strength.

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Should I have some yoga experience?

If you haven’t practiced yoga at all before we recommend that you join one of our beginners classes (Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday). Our classes are friendly and welcoming – a perfect introduction to Astanga Yoga.

If you are keen to attend the Mysore early morning classes, you ideally need to have an understanding of the breath, bandha’s and be proficient at the Sun Salutations practiced at the beginning of the astanga series.

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What should I bring?

When attending classes, wear something light and comfortable as you will get warm, and bring a small towel because you will work up a sweat.

Yoga mats are freely available to borrow at Brighton Natural Health Centre.

Once you have finished with it, simply use the spray provided and leave it at where it will be cleaned. Or you can bring your own.

If you become a regular practitioner it is advisable to buy a yoga towel to put on top of your mat.

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How flexible do I need to be?

This is a myth. You don’t have to be flexible to practice yoga.

 

Do I need to know the mantras?

Astanga practice always begins with an opening chant.  To understand why, you can read more here

You don’t need to know the mantras.  Often the chant will be taught as a call and response but if you would like to learn the mantras click here.

Courses and Drop-in classes

Courses

Beginners course

Wednesdays 6.30pm - 6 week course

Intro to self-practice course

Wednesdays 8pm (10 weeks)

Beginners PLUS course

Tuesdays 8pm (6 weeks)

Drop-ins

Mysore style astanga self-practice

Mon-Fri 6.30/7am start
Mon-Weds 9am start
Sat 8.00am start

Led Classes

Monday 6.30pm & Thursday evenings 7.30pm
Friday mornings 6.30am and evenings 6pm