Greetings! Below you will find information useful to practicing at Near East Yoga. If you don’t find your question listed here, feel free to post it in the comments and I will do my best to answer it. – Casey
Please contact Near East Yoga before your first visit.
Here are a few basic guidelines for new practitioners to consider when deciding on the first class time?
The time that works best for you to practice yoga is generally the best time! If you want to make yoga a consistent part of your life, it is important to dedicate a time to practice. Only you know when that is. The schedule at NEY reflects the best times for most people to practice.
On Friday mornings, I lead a group class at 7AM that is best for experienced practitioners. If you have a background in vinyasa yoga systems, you will be well suited to practice with the group. If you do not, it is best to discuss your asana experience over the phone so we can determine a good fit for you in class.
How many times a week do I need to practice?
To learn the method and application and receive benefit from the ashtanga yoga practice, I suggest you come a minimum of 3 times a week. If you practice less than this, it can be difficult to learn and remember the practice. The Mysore tradition calls for a Sunday through Friday practice, taking Saturdays off. In addition, it is traditional to take the full and new moon days off, which recur every 14 days. Find a balance between your life and practice, and see what amount of practice feels right for you, but always take the moon days off for rest.
I heard that ashtanga yoga is hard and only suitable for young people… is it?
The ashtanga style can be as vigorous as you like, but it is not required to practice with more intensity than required. The Mysore method of ashtanga yoga allows for each individual to develop at their own pace. If you go to a class with very advanced people and feel pressed to keep up, please come see me and I will help you establish a foundation so that you will feel more comfortable. Knowing what to do and how to do it in a way that agrees with your constitution will give you the insight and confidence you need when practicing on your own and in group settings.
If I come to a “silent” class how will I know what to do?
I will show you. Everyone in the room has learned the practice through a one-on-one experience, where the instructor showed them the method and what to do with it. It’s a gift we all give each other when someone is new and needs to be individually informed. For as long as you need, you will be instructed in a timely manner regarding what to do next. These instructions will include all the points you need to execute and complete a sequence of moves. Most folks arrive to ashtanga yoga with some yoga experience, either visually or in practice. I rely on this information, and make use of your past experience, so please share with me your experience and comfort levels with poses, as well as any injuries you have or have dealt with in the past. The work of ashtanga yoga is specific but it’s not new. Be assured that you won’t be left standing on your mat wondering what to do next. I like to keep people moving and I value their time and commitment. Keep in mind that everyone in the room wants you there. We all love this method and want to share it with others.