Getting Started


Experienced Students
(meaning: knowledge of some of the practice and previous experience in a Mysore-Style class):
You are welcome at any time, in any form. Send us an email and tell us when you want to come. We'll try to fit you in.

New Students
There are a few ways to begin participating in the Mysore-Style Ashtanga classes:


1. Start with led classes, which are basically medium difficulty. You will be talked through all the moves. No memorization needed. No experience of either Ashtanga or even yoga needed. Expect a work out. At some point this will give you enough experience with the system to feel comfortable with the Mysore class.


2. Buy the beginner's package: $108 for a one hour introductory private with Steve plus two classes, either led or Mysore.


3. Buy a regular series or the introductory 8 classes for $108 and come to Mysore class. We'll work with whatever level you bring.



In order to facilitate the optimal flow of energy throughout the body during your yoga practice we highly recommend that you arrive with the internal organs as unhindered as possible. Stop eating 2-4 hours before your planned time of practice and stop drinking a half hour before practice.

It is not an uncommon experience to be overtaken by anxiety or feel intimidated by the thought of walking into a room of people who all seem to know exactly what they are doing. There is, however, no other place to start but the beginning. Be courageous. Open the door. Walk into the warmth of the room. We're a kind group of people; we will help carry you along until you can stand on your own.

Traditionally Ashtanga is practiced six days a week, Sunday-Friday, except for moon days, so every other week typically would be 5 days. We highly recommend this approach to practice but it is not mandatory in our community. If you cannot commit to daily practice, next best is to create space for practice at regular intervals ie. Monday/Wednesday/Friday or Sunday/Tuesday/Thursday, something like that. We'll give you a spot in class as much as possible, and we encourage self practice on days when you can't come.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.

  For more information, email Steve & Michele or call them at 805-965 7175
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