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 week per program (morning and afternoon). 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 required. 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?
To gain full benefit from this method, 6 days of practice per week are recommended, with an additional day of rest on the new and full moon days. As a shala, we take Saturdays off. If another day of the week works better for your regular rest day, feel free to take that day off and practice at home on Saturdays. If you’re not able to practice 6 times a week, do the best you can.
Women are also 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?
If you have a fever, stay home and take rest. If you don’t have a fever but are contagious, practice at home. If you’re a bit under the weather, feel free to come to the shala and take care to avoid exposing fellow students.
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.