Yoga Teacher and Cofounder of the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Melbourne, Greg Cooper, shares some advice on how to prepare for a beginners’ Ashtanga Yoga class at the Centre:
“Everyone is welcome at our beginners’ classes, whether brand new to Ashtanga Yoga, wanting to consolidate existing knowledge or needing a refresher course.
Ashtanga Yoga is a dynamic practice so dress in light, comfortable clothes and expect to get hot.
We prefer that you don’t drink during your practice, so stay hydrated all day. If you are going to a morning class, drink several glasses of warm water beforehand.
Please come to class with an empty stomach and tell the teacher before the class begins about any injuries or if you are pregnant.
Mats are available for everyone to use. You can also buy your own from a range we sell at the studio. You are welcome to bring your own mat if you have one, especially if you are inclined to sweat heavily.
Our beginners’ classes give a steady and thorough introduction to the foundations of Ashtanga Yoga over four weeks. Build strength, flexibility and focus by connecting breath and movement in a sequence of postures (asanas) from the Primary Series.
All classes run for 90 minutes and once you have begun a course you may attend any combination of sessions on the timetable at your level from week to week and there is no need to confirm space prior to coming in.”
A round of beginners’ courses with Douglas (Vishal) Brook begins next Monday. Please register on our website.