If you find your way into an Ashtanga yoga class, there are many reasons why you'll definitely be back for another class. But for the very same reasons some may fall in love with Ashtanga, others will swear off it forever.
- Didn't we do this yesterday (and last week and last month?): If there were one word to describe the classes you'll find in Ashtanga, it would be repetitive. Every class within the Ashtanga series is exactly the same, no matter what day of the week, who teaches it, or where the class is held. Some people enjoy knowing which poses are coming next, and the repetition also makes it easier to focus on breath and measure progress over time. For others, repetition equals boredom and may even cause a repetitive stress injury — especially if you're unable to complement an Ashtanga practice with other forms of exercise.
- Moolah what?: Traditionally Ashtanga is taught by calling out the Sanskrit names of the poses. For newbies, this can be very frustrating and makes for a lot of looking around the room to figure out what the heck Chaturanga means. Some people fall in love with the language and once they learn the Sanskrit names, it makes their yoga practice feel that much more authentic.
Continue reading to learn three more reasons to love or hate Ashtanga.