From Shanna Small @ Wellness From Inside and Ashtanga Picture Project. Check out the original here.
These are real questions that I got from someone yesterday. These are so common in the Ashtanga community so I put them here.
Question from yesterday: ” You don’t do “regular” Ashtanga” classes?
Answer: Mysore is “regular” Ashtanga. Mysore is the way that Ashtanga is supposed to be learned. Guided classes are for people who already know and practice Ashtanga. Ashtanga is practiced 6 days a week. The student is to do Mysore 5 days a week and a guided class once a week.
Comment from yesterday: “It is better to learn the practice in a guided class and then come to Mysore first”
Answer: Incorrect, you learn the practice pose by pose, at your own pace and one on one in Mysore so that you get a full understanding of each and every asana and how it works with your body. In a guided class, the teacher only has 5 breaths(30 seconds) to teach you a complicated pose. There is no way that would ever be better then learning it one on one where you can ask questions and have it broken down for you.