I’m a new student. How do I begin?
Simply contact Pranidhi to set up your starting date and time. In order to give each student ample care and attention, we take one new student per month. New students are encouraged to commit to daily practice for two weeks. If daily practice is prohibitive, a minimum of 3 days a week is recommended. During this time, you will begin to learn the ashtanga yoga method and experience its benefits. After two weeks, please choose the monthly fee most appropriate for you. These first two weeks are offered as a gift. In exchange, we ask that you ‘pay it forward’ by performing an act of kindness or contributing to a service-based organization of your choosing.
Students with an established ashtanga yoga practice are welcome to join the shala anytime.
How often should I practice?
As often as you’d like, up to 6 days a week. As a community, we take rest on new and full moon days. Women are encouraged to take rest during the three heaviest days of their menstrual cycle. In the ashtanga community, this is affectionately known as the “ladies holiday.”
Can I come to the shala during my ‘ladies holiday’?
Yes, menstruating students are welcome to practice gentle stretches, restorative postures, seated meditation, and relaxation.
What do I do if I’m sick?
Please stay home. If you have a fever, take rest. If you do not have a fever, a little bit of practice at home can be rejuvenating.
Can my kids come to the shala?
Yes, the shala is a family-friendly environment. We encourage children to come with their parents and quietly observe practice, as long as they are not distracting to fellow practitioners. Children are also welcome to wait in the lobby while their parents practice. Children who are interested in learning the practice are welcome to join our community.
Is there a shower at the shala?
We do not have a shower but we do have a large bathroom and separate changing room. Students who need to go straight to work or family obligations after practice are encouraged to take a shower in the morning before practice and freshen up at the shala afterward. This is common practice in the ashtanga yoga community and works well.
Is yoga religious?
Yoga has roots in Hindu philosophy but it is not inherently religious. It is a physical, mental, and energetic practice, and a unifying experience. Its spiritual components will depend on the intent of the practitioner, and can be complementary to many faith traditions. The 8 limbs of ashtanga yoga provide us with a framework of how to live a content and connected life.
I’m inflexible/unhealthy/old/injured/etc. Can I practice yoga?
Anyone willing to put in the effort can practice yoga.