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AYS NYC is dedicated to the practice of traditional Ashtanga Yoga as taught by yoga masters - Sri K Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009) and Dr KL Shankaranarayana Jois. 

We offer classes in asana, pranayama and yoga philosophy/theory.

Asana Practice - Mysore Style

Asana practice is healing, strengthening and purifying - a perfect antidote to the modern lifestyle which causes so much physical and mental stress. Yoga can alleviate many common ailments such as headaches, insomnia, back pain etc.. It also purifies the body of toxins, increases vitality and brings greater mental peace and clarity.

Traditional Mysore Style

At Ashtanga Yoga Shala yoga is taught according to the traditional Mysore Style - developed by Sri K Pattabhi Jois in his home town of Mysore (India). Students come to class daily and gradually build up an individual yoga practice over time. 

The Ashtanga Yoga method involves learning a sequence of postures - starting with just a few asanas and gradually building it into a sequence over time. The sequence varies a little depending on the student but is built up in the same step by step method individually for each student. On the first day beginning students typically practice for 30-40 minutes. The length of practice gradually increases.

In the beginning new students may receive more verbal instruction to establish the fundamentals of practice but mostly the class is conducted in silence with the sound and rhythm of breath as the guiding thread. The instructor is available to teach new postures or to remind students of the sequence, and to help students correct alignment or get deeper into the postures through hands-on adjustments.

Yoga is effective when practiced with regularity - ideally daily. A little bit each day is far more beneficial than a longer practice once in a while.

Although monthly fees are due on the 1st of each month, new students may start at any time. Students pay for classes on a monthly basis. We do not accept drop ins except from visiting students with established practice. If you have doubts or questions, we encourage you to come and observe a class and talk to us. There is no need to make an appointment - just turn up when a class is scheduled.

Getting Started

Beginners may start practice at any time of the month in the Mysore class or by attending one of the Free Intro Classes. On the first day new students are introduced to the breathing-movement system (vinyasa) through learning Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations) and typically practice for about 30 minutes. 

Day by day, as the capacity of each student allows, a series of standing postures is introduced followed by a series of seated postures and the practice gradually increases in length as new postures are added.

We suggest that new students come to observe class first. There is no need to make an appointment, you may just show up any time a Mysore class is scheduled. Students pay for classes on a monthly basis. We do not accept drop ins except from visiting students with established practice. Beginners first month is $175.

 

Please note: there are no classes on New Moon and Full Moon.



CLASS SCHEDULE
 

Monday - Thursday

Mysore Practice Session 6.30 - 10 am

(doors open for practice 6.30 - 10.30 am)

Friday

Mysore Practice 8.30-10 am

  (doors open for practice 6.30 - 10.30 am)


Saturday

Mysore Practice 8.30 - 10 am 

(doors open for practice 8.30 - 10.30 am)


Please note - the yoga shala is closed on Full Moon and New Moon days




Shala Fees

Shala fees fall due on the 1st of each month:

unlimited $240
beginners first month $175

You may pay when you come to class by cash or check. To pay by credit card please use this link. We cannot take cards at the yoga shala.


For visiting students with an established Ashtanga practice*

one week $90
drop in $25  
*cash only - includes mat and hand towel rental

What You Should Know about Practice

Do not eat before practice!

We recommend that you leave at least four hours between eating a meal and practicing yoga. Ideally your digestive system should be as empty as possible - in other words early morning practice is best after emptying bowel and bladder. Do not drink water during practice, but wait until after you have rested.


We also suggest that you do not practice yoga during the 2-3 heaviest days of menstruation. Irregularities in your menstrual cycle such as prolonged periods may result from practice at this time. 



Please inform us if you have any injuries, health problems or if you become pregnant, so we can adjust your practice accordingly. In general, if you become sick or have injured yourself, you will feel better and heal quicker if you practice. 

A shower before practice helps to increase flexibility and mental focus. It is also makes the experience for your teachers and others practicing around you more pleasant! Please wear clean yoga clothes, wash your mat regularly and do not wear perfume or cologne as these can cause allergic reactions for others.

 
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