New to Yoga?
Ashtanga Yoga is a dynamic form of yoga that links breath and movement together. This flowing practice brings strength and softness to the body and stillness to the mind.
Yoga is an ideal way to keep your body healthy; by improving circulation to the muscles and organs, developing safe and efficient ways of moving, and also improving the way that you breathe. As a beginner, you will be guided through a sequence, and over time be introduced to new postures as your practice develops.
Once you have decided which type of class you wish to attend you can book your first class, choose the “pay later” option when booking and pay in person at the Shala by cash, eftpos or credit/debit card.
Led Practice Class Structure
Students are guided through the first series of Ashtanga Yoga as a group. The teacher gives instruction on how to do the postures safely, protecting your joints and building your core strength. Modifications and variations are offered to allow for different strengths and weaknesses in your body. You will gain an understanding of the fundamental postures of yoga. If you have never done Ashtanga Yoga before this class is a good one to attend to get an idea of the style and approach.
These classes are open for casual attendance. We recommend attending twice a week or more. But if you are very busy once a week is fine.
These are the postures you will be introduced to:
The Salutes to the Sun warm up the body and teach you the methodology of synchronising your movement with your breath. They create upper body strength and mobilise the joints in the body allowing you to develop more flexibility over time with regular practice.
The Standing poses create strength and stability. They strengthen and stabilise the knees and ankles whilst improving the mobility of your hips and increasing flexibility of the leg muscles. They strengthen the muscles that support the spine and the upper body. Practiced over time they can alleviate many lower back problems that stem from inflexibility or weak muscles.
Seated forward bends and twists, lengthen your leg muscles and mobilise your spine.
Gentle back bends will mobilise your spine and strengthen the muscles on the back of your body.
The relaxation at the end will allow your body to return to balance, calm your mind and leave you feeling refreshed.
Mysore Style (early morning) Class Structure
To attend these classes you must book 2 or more sessions each week.
Students work independently on the particular series of postures that is most appropriate for them. The teacher assists, adjusts and may quietly discuss particular difficulties or concerns with individual students during class. This is an ideal way to learn yoga as you progress at your own rate, methodically working to correct any imbalances or injuries in your body, gradually getting stronger, more flexible and balanced, as well as experiencing calmer states of mind due to the focused breathing and concentration.
In your first week of practice the classes will be approximately 1 hour long. After your first week, they will lengthen to up to 1.5 hours. Initially you will be taught the Salutes to the Sun (Surya Namaskar), the Standing postures, a few seated postures, gentle backbends and then a short relaxation at the end.
Once you are comfortable with this sequence (in that you understand the basics of the postures and remember how to do them and in what order) you will be given more postures to practice. This is why initially the practice is a bit shorter (1 hour) and then increases over time as new postures are added. If you are having trouble remembering there are practice sheets to remind you. You will be given individual instruction allowing you to progress in a safe and methodical manner. If you have any injuries or conditions a sequence can be tailored to your individual needs. If you have practiced other styles of yoga before you will probably learn the sequence quickly and be able to add more postures sooner than someone who has never done yoga before
Entirely patient, thorough, informative and engaging...
“Several months ago we started up yoga thinking let’s give it a go... We tried a couple of different casual classes here and there but didn’t quite think they were the right fit. Then we took the plunge and booked in a eight lesson course with Melia Wong and couldn’t have asked for a better teacher! Entirely patient, thorough, informative and engaging. Thanks heaps for guiding us through the beginners stages, we look forward to the day when we can do a handstand!”
- Holly and Justin
Early Morning Mysore
Monday 6:00 am
Tuesday 6:00 am
Wednesday 6:00 am
Thursday 6:00 am
Friday 6:00 am
Evening Led Practice Classes
Monday 6:45 pm
Tuesday 6:45 pm
Wednesday 6:45 pm
Thursday 6:45 pm
Saturday Led Practice Classes
Saturday 10:00 am (mixed level vinyasa class - harder than during the week)
FOR NEW STUDENTS
First Class: $15
4 Class Pass: $80
Introductory 10 Class Pass: $170/$150 conc
Introductory Unlimited 1 Month Pass $170/$150 conc
Casual class: $22/$20 conc.
Casual class: $22/$20 conc.
4 Class Pass: $80
10 class pass: (12 month expiry): $195/$175 conc
Unlimited 1 month pass: $195/$175 conc