Yoga classes for beginners
Vande Gurunam charanaravinde Sandarshita svatmasukavabodhe Nishreyase jangalikayamane Samsara halahala mohashantyai Abahu purushakaram Shankhacakrsi dharinam Sahasra sirasam svetam Pranamami patanjalim
I bow to the lotus feet of the Supreme Guru which awakens insight into the happiness of pure Being, which is the refuge, the natural physician, that eliminates delusions caused by the toxicity of Samsara (conditioned existence). I prostrate before the sage Patanjali who has thousands of radiant, pure heads (as the divine serpent, Ananta) and who has, as far as his arms, assumed the form of a man holding a conch shell (divine sound), a wheel (discus of light or infinite time) and a sword (discrimination).
The accent of this practice is on the flow between the movement and the breath, rather than on the precise achievement of the posture.
Every person can practice without any discrimination with regard to the age, to the sex, to the weight, to the flexibility, with regard to any other personal situations (set apart pregnant women or victims of a break of bones or serious surgical operation in the last 6-months), because every asana can be adapted according to the possibilities of each individual.
It is just necessary to have the will to move!
When we begin the first class, we do not know the sequence, thus the classes are held under the guidance of the teacher who explains in detail how to correctly breathe, when inhaling, when exhaling and which posture has to be executed.
The lesson takes place as follows:
- breathing explanations;
- opening mantra chanting;
- execution of the sequence;
- closing mantra chanting;
- session of relaxation.
After time, once the practitioner has learnt the sequence by heart, when he knows how to execute the postures and which breath has to be done during the asana, the teacher will tell him that it’s time to “jump” into the “Mysore” practice.
In Ashtanga Mysore practice, we execute the same sequence but by our own rhythm of the breath, without the teacher giving us explanations; over time, when fluidity of the breath, strength and flexibility are reached, new more challenging postures are added.
One of the beauties of Ashtanga lives in the fact that it is an individual practice, a constant search of our inner self, of our own limits and how to exceed them. It is an inestimable heritage, which is going to be a part of us forever!
Swasthi-praja bhyah pari pala yantam Nya-yena margena mahi-mahishaha Go-bramanebhyaha-shubamastu-nityam Lokaa-samastha sukhino-bhavantu
Om shanti, shanti, shantihi
May the rulers of the earth keep to the path of virtue To protect the welfare of all generations. May the religious, and all peoples be forever blessed, May all beings everywhere be happy and free
Aum peace, peace, peace.
- Practical suggestions:
- Leave your shoes outside the place; practice is barefoot.
- Inform the teacher in advance of any current discomforts or injuries, including anything that may have caused you trouble in the past. The advice given will be crucial for correct practice, though always keep in mind that nobody knows your own body better than yourself.
- Practice with on an empty stomach, approximately 2 and a half hours or even 3 hours after a meal and ideally with clear bowels.
- During practice, it is advised that you do not drink and wait until 30 mins after the end of the session to rehydrate.
- Bring a small towel.
- Wear comfortable clothing, preferably close fitting.