Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Glad to see you are interested in discovering Astanga Yoga!

As our teacher Sri K. Pattabhi Jois used to say, Astanga Yoga is "99% practice, 1% theory". The best way for you to find out about this great style of yoga, is to actually do it!

You don't need to have any previous yoga experience to get started, you can just come to try a class without even needing to pre-register!

Here are your options to get started with us:

1) join any Astanga Yoga Beginner level class:

With over 150 classes per week in 3 location across Amsterdam, you should be able to find easily a suitable class for you! Every day you'll find at least one Astanga Beginner's level classes, either Led or Mysore-style. In the Astanga Led classes you'll be verbally guided through the foundational part of the Primary Series at a moderate pace. In the Astanga Mysore classes for beginners, you will start learning the sequence at your own pace, guided directly by the teacher. The Astanga Mysore classes are generally smaller in number of students than an Astanga Led class. All these classes and very suitable for complete beginners! No need to pre-register for these classes, just arrive 30 minutes before class starting time and get a "walk in" spot. A single class costs eur 15. Or we have a great introductory offer - 10 classes in 30 days for 50 euros!

Please read the "practical info for your practice" at the end of this page before coming to a class. You can find our complete class schedule here....

2) join the Introduction to Astanga Mysore special class

This is a 90+ minutes special class which we run regularly on a sunday afternoon  once a month. It's ideal for all new students and anybody interested in trying out this challenging style of yoga, as this workshop will give you a comprehensive introduction for practice in this method. The cost of this special class is €15 or your regular class card/membership and online pre-registration is recommended (you can register online from 7 days up to 6 hrs prior to the class). To find out about when is the next scheduled introduction class, please read here....

What to expect from an Astanga Yoga class? Please read the following information about the practice. And if you are still in doubt, you can get in touch with us and ask for advise. Please send us an email using this contact form...


• Wear comfortable clothes and remove your watch and jewellery for the practice.

• Practice bare feet. Sticky mats are provided in the studio, but you are more than welcome to bring your own one. If you use our mats, please clean it at the end of your practice. Please bring a (small) towel with you to use during practice.

• Come clean to the practice and be prepared to sweat, the room gets pretty warm – sweating it is an important part of this practice, which carries great detoxifying benefits for your body. Do not wear perfume or after shave. We do not have a shower at the school. Please notice that it is recommended not to shower for at least one hour after practice.

• Don’t eat a large meal for a period of 2-3 hours before your practice. If you have special dietary needs, eat a piece of fruit about 1 hour before class.

• Don’t drink water while practicing yoga as it distracts you and cools your body down. Make sure you drink plenty of pure water (or herbal teas) during the day.

• For ladies, it is recommended not to practice during menstruation at least for the first 2-3 days. If you feel like practicing, then take it easy and avoid doing inversions, particularly the ones at the end of the practice (shoulder stand, head stands, etc).

• It is tradition in Astanga Yoga not to practice on Full Moon and New Moon days, particularly in the hours directly prior to the peak of the moon cycle. On these days, there are NO morning mysore classes (we offer a pranayama or a meditation class instead). However we continue to offer evening mysore classes during such days, and we always remind you of the time of the moon peak and - should you decide to practice - we ask you to be particularly cautious with what you do and to take it easy. During Mysore classes, we do not offer a lot of hands-on adjustments. Curious about the Astanga Moon days? Check Tim Miller's website.

• It is very important to take rest at the end of the practice; at least 10 minutes, with 15-20 even better. Allow the time your body needs to get back to normal breath and to fully relax. Cover up with warm clothes during relaxation time or with a blanket.

• Ideal time for this practice is the early morning, as it invigorates and energizes you for the day. If you practice in the evening, allow for extra cooling and relaxation time and the end of your practice.

• If you have any injury or medical conditions, please inform the teacher at the beginning of the class, so that you can be advised on how to modify the practice if necessary.

• In case of pregnancy – congratulations first of all! Please inform the teacher straight away if you know you are pregnant, so that you can be advised of the options you have. Bear in mind that Sri K. Pattabhi Jois has always advised regular practitioner of Astanga Yoga not to practice in the first 3 months of pregnancy and for as long as you are breast feeding your baby. If you are new to Astanga Yoga, we would advise you to join a pregnancy yoga class at this point of your life.