FAQ'S

In this section we will deal with doubts and frequently asked questions. If you have any particular question, do not hesitate to contact us

How many times do I have to practice?

Obviously, once a week will be better than never. Frequency should be developed naturally. Usually, you should rest once a week, in addition to full and new moon days. Therefore, this would result in a 5/6-times-a-week practice. Of course, for many people this will be difficult at first. Things will come up spontaneously

Do I have to think of something in particular during the practice?

No. Just let your attention ramble over mulabhanda, dristhis and breath. And take a contemplative attitude.

Why do we have to rest on Saturdays and on full and new moon days?

On Saturdays we rest by convention, though it may be any day of the week. According to tradition, it is advisable to rest on full and new moon days.

Where can I study and get a degree to become a teacher of this type of yoga?

This is not possible. For the time being, only Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois' authorization qualifies you to teach. And he only authorizes those who have practiced and studied with him for many years.

I am losing weight very fast. Is it due to the practice?

It probably is, as practice helps body harmonization. All systems work better. Therefore, any excess disappears.

I sweat a lot. Is that harmful for my body health?

No, it is a consequence of the inner heat generated by the practice; moreover, sweating helps the purification of all the body. Over time and as purification moves on, you will sweat less.

How long does it take to finish the first series? And the second one?

It depends on the body, practice frequency, age, body condition at the beginning of the practice, etc. We may add that for the first series, 4-5 years is a suitable time, with daily practice. The second series takes less time.

Do I have to practice looking to the East?

Traditionally, practice was performed with the body in that position. At that time such difference could be perceived. Life was different, there was no stress, people followed a natural diet, there was no air, sound or electric pollution, etc. And the East was not a cardinal point but a symbol. People lived in harmony with nature and with the cycles proposed by nature. Today, things are no longer this way; therefore, the benefit of aligning the body with earthly energy will be hardly noticeable.

What is the Ashtanga Vinyasa lineage?

Sri T. Krishnamacharya is undoubtedly the first one in the lineage. He was the one who developed the system from writings and research, and shaped it the way it is today. Sri T. Krishnamacharya died in 1988, when he was 102 years old. The person who continued with this tradition was Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, one of his followers. He was the one who kept this teaching alive for a long time, when it was still unknown and very few people practiced it. Sri K. Pattabhi Jois continues teaching in Mysore, city where he has uninterruptedly done this for over 60 years.

How long should I practice?

The first full series should take 1 ½ - 1 ¾ hours. However, there are no strict specifications about this. This will depend on your day, mood, willingness, etc.

What can I do if I forgot a posture?

Try to remember it the next time. Some teachers make you repeat the whole sequence from the posture you forgot. It is an effective mnemonic rule.

Is it necessary to perform all the series?

No. The first series includes all the elements for a healthy life. If you wish to move forward, the other series will naturally come up.

Am I more flexible if I fast?

No study proves that. Some of the people who tried it achieved results. However, they quickly lost strength. Once they regained their strength, they lost the extra flexibility achieved.

Do I have to be a vegetarian?

Not necessarily. If you naturally give up eating meat because the body itself feels so, it is all right. But if the renounce results from long mental diatribes and moral questions, it will certainly have no benefit at all.

Is it better to practice alone?

Individual practice has certain advantages, whereas group practice has other advantages. It is advisable to practice alone for a period during the year.

Do I have to sing mantras?

The practice begins with a mantra and ends with another one. Some people prefer to sing the mantra while others recite it. The purpose of the mantras is to help focus on practice. This happens only if you "feel" the mantra, instead of repeating it mechanically or by heart.

What is the origin of this type of yoga?

During the 1930s, when Sri T. Krishnamacharya and his student, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, were searching some manuscripts in Bangalore Palace library, they found out a writing of rishi Vamana. It clearly explained the fundamentals of "Vinyasa" and the practice of asanas together with vinyasa. This manuscript is considered to be 600-700 years old. This can be regarded as the origin. But it was SriT. Krishnamacharya who took this concept and developed it until it became what we know today as Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.

Is this yoga practice for everybody?

Yes. With patience and time everybody can do it. The problem is that nobody has patience or time. And, in general, people expect immediate results. This goes against the essence of the practice.

What is the Mysore style?

This is a practice performed individually or in a class with other students. Every student practices at his/her own pace. The teacher helps everybody according to his/her needs and possibilities. Therefore, the level is always upgraded. That is to say, we may be beginners and share the practice with people who are at a more advanced level. Thus, we develop inspiration and motivation in beginners.

How many series are there?

Initial, Intermediate, Advanced (A, B, C & D); they are also called series 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, which is just another way of naming them.

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