Welcome to Ashtanga Yoga Richmond! There are three basic ways for new students to start an Ashtanga practice:
1. Intro to Mysore Workshop + 8 Intro to Mysore Classes - AYR offers a monthly Intro to Mysore Workshop (one hour lecture) which is supported by 8 Intro to Mysore classes. The workshop provides important background information about the ashtanga practice as well as logistical information including everything a new student would need to know about the Mysore classes. The Intro to Mysore classes which are included in the package will allow new students to receive the most individualized attention from the teacher. Students will be able to choose days/times that work best in their schedules. In the Mysore tradition, each student has an individualized practice which is developed and overseen by the teacher. Postures are learned one by one so that the student is able to memorize the sequence slowly and the body is able to adapt to the postures over time. This workshop is ideal for students of all levels wishing to develop a self practice or deepen their existing practice. You do NOT need prior yoga experience to start a mysore practice. See our Mysore page for more information. Advanced registration is required.
2. Intro to Ashtanga 8 Week Series - Learn the foundation of Ashtanga Yoga during this 8 week progressive series of classes. Students are taught the ashtanga system in a small group setting where they will be introduced to the philosophy behind Ashtanga Yoga, breath (pranayama), sun salutations, the standing sequence and some seated poses (asanas). This class is packed with practical information and experiential learning and is the foundation for a safe and conscious practice. After the series is completed, students will be prepared to either transition into our Mysore program or into our guided classes. Advanced registration is required.
3. Ashtanga Basics Ongoing Class - This ongoing, guided class is designed for beginners and focuses on the breath and the foundations of the Primary Series. Students will be guided through sun salutations and the standing sequence with verbal instruction, demonstration, and hands on adjustments. Ideal for beginners or students new to Ashtanga.
Come try us out with our "New to Us" Package - 3 classes/30 day exp/$30.
- Try not to eat for 3-4 hours before class. Yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach. If you need to eat something, make sure it is light and easily digestible.
- Personal hygiene is an integral part of your yoga practice. Please shower, clean your mat, and wash towels and clothes regularly. Your fellow yogis will thank you!
- Come hydrated, but refrain from drinking water for a half hour before class. A belly full of liquid will lead to regret!
- Wear anything comfortable that will move with you as you stretch, and bare feet.
- We do have mats for rent ($1.00) if you do not have a mat of your own. We encourage regular students to bring their own mat for hygienic purposes. A small towel is also suggested.
- Please arrive 10 -15 minutes early, especially for your first class so you can fill out a registration/waiver form and settle in prior to the start of class.
- Please remove your shoes at reception.
- Set your mobile devices to silent or off mode.
- Please inform your teacher of any injuries or health conditions you are experiencing. It is extremely important they know these details so they can modify your practice as needed.
- Please respect the student-teacher relationship and follow any request from the teacher.
- Please do not add any new postures unless agreed upon with your teacher.
- It is best not to drink water during practice because it interrupts the purification process.
- If you arrive late to Mysore, please adjust your practice so you are finished and out of the room on time; always leaving time for savasana (corpse pose.)
- Make space for students coming into the practice room.
- Avoid bringing clutter in the practice room.
- Most importantly... breathe deeply and ENJOY!
- Drink lots of water and come back tomorrow.
- Remember: yoga is not about reaching a goal or certain posture, it is about growing your practice slowly over time. Above all, be patient and compassionate with yourself!