Ashtanga Yoga classes are either “led” or “Mysore-style”. In led or “conducted” classes the teacher calls out every asana and vinyasa and may give some general verbal instructions. Ashtanga workshops and seminars often follow this format because it works well for large groups of students.
The majority of Ashtanga Yoga classes follow the format of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois’s daily classes in Mysore, India. Appropriately called “Mysore-style” classes, students of all levels practice together in the yoga room under the guidance of the teacher. The student and teacher work closely together in a Mysore class. The teacher dictates the sequences and intensity of practice for each student based on their level of skill and needs.
Choosing a Teacher
Regardless of whether you take a “led” or “Mysore” class, the Ashtanga Yoga method should be learned and practiced under the guidance of a teacher with many years of personal practice and experience. There are many mental and physical obstacles on the Ashtanga path. A good teacher should have a deep understanding of this yoga method to help you navigate them successfully and safely.