by Elizabeth Carroll
Current Teacher Training Student
I find that the teaching style in Ashtanga and my own learning style are a terrific fit!
The way in which Ashtanga yoga is usually practiced – called Mysore style – allows each student to go at their own pace and according to their own abilities. In class, the Ashtanga teacher gives one-on-one attention and hands-on adjustments throughout the practice - all tailored specifically to that particular individual. Modifications of poses are encouraged for students who are injured, or have not yet built up sufficient strength or flexibility to do the pose in its fullest expression. The teacher only gives a subsequent “asana” (pose) when the student is actually ready.
As for me, I enjoy the individualized instruction and feedback from the teacher, as well as the bit-by-bit learning pace. I liken it to the way I paint. I work at it and work at it ...