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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.

Can’t make in to the studio ?



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.


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.


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


Beginners course

Wednesdays 7pm - 6 week course.


Mysore style astanga self-practice

Mon-Fri 6.15-9.30am
Sat 7.30am start

Led Classes

Monday 6pm & Thursday evenings 7.30pm
Friday evenings 6pm