Astanga yoga (written as ‘Ashtanga yoga’ in the United States) was established by Sri K.Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. Students move with the breath continuously through a dynamic series of postures (‘asanas’). As many men practise Astanga yoga as women.
Is yoga for me?
Many people think “I can’t do yoga…I’m not flexible!”
In fact, 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.
Maintained correctly, Astanga yoga is truly healing. It will help you to feel calmer in your mind, it can help you be free of pain and will help you detoxify your body.
The challenge is to get on that yoga mat regularly. To go through your practice as directed by your teacher and not judge yourself. The people that are struggling are the people who are truly practising. Stay mindful and be patient with yourself.
As BKS Iyengar says, “yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.”
What should I bring?
When attending classes, wear something light and comfortable as you will get warm, and bring a small towel. Yoga mats are available to borrow at Brighton Natural Health Centre or you can bring your own.