Traditionally, Ashtanga yoga is a linear sequence, with students encouraged to master each asana or pose before they move on to the next. It’s very important that there are studios out there offering the traditional lineage of the method as it was taught by Pattabhi Jois. However, for many of us, it can prove beneficial to blend different styles of yoga to build a practice better suited to our own bodies.
Ashtanga at The Yoga Room
Borrowing from Iyengar yoga’s use of equipment and focus on alignment allows people of all levels to practise, keeping us safe until we might no longer need the blocks, straps or blankets.
That’s what makes The Yoga Room’s approach unique. You’ll find people practising in the traditional method alongside those who find the props help them to feel part of the class. You might see someone in a full wheel, while their neighbour on the next mat practises a restorative backbend. There are many parts to one asana and there’s always an element of a pose that’s accessible to everybody.
Sometimes, in led classes, we’ll play around with the rocket sequence too, depending on the mood of the class. We’ll tell you more about the dynamic, fast-paced flow of rocket yoga in another blog, so watch this space.
What is Mysore and why practise it?
The traditional self-led Mysore practice is a wonderful way to get to grips with the repetition of the Ashtanga sequence. Many of us also come to our mats with niggling injuries. By allowing the teacher to provide alternative poses adapted to you, self-practice can be the best way to support recovery from injury.
A regular self-guided practice also allows us to work on opening up tight areas, and progressing deeper into poses. And it’s the perfect opportunity to practice those headstands!